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Winner of the Lakatos Award 2004 announced

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The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is pleased to announce that this year's Lakatos Award, of £10,000 for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, goes to Professor Kim Sterelny, Victoria University of Wellington and Australian National University, for his book Thought in a Hostile World: the evolution of human cognition (Blackwell, 2003).

Professor Sterelny will visit LSE to give a public lecture and receive the Award in the summer term, 2005.

The central idea of Professor Sterelny's book is that thought is a response to threat. Competitors and enemies make life difficult, not only through direct physical effects, but also by lying, hiding themselves, pretending to be other than they are. He uses this and related ideas to examine how and why human minds have evolved. He uses his own view of the evolution of the mind as a basis for criticism of nativist, modular versions of evolutionary psychology.

The Lakatos Award is given for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, widely interpreted, in the form of a book published in English during the previous six years. It was made possible by a generous endowment from the Latsis Foundation.

The Award is in memory of the former LSE professor Imre Lakatos, and is administered by an international Management Committee organised from LSE. The committee decides the outcome of the Award competition on the advice of an international, independent and anonymous panel of selectors.

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Contact: Tim Doyle on 020 7955 7901, or email t.b.doyle@lse.ac.uk|

Notes:

Imre Lakatos (1922-1974) was Professor of Logic with special reference to the Philosophy of Mathematics at LSE from 1969-74. He joined the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at LSE in 1960.

Born in Hungary, he graduated in physics, mathematics and philosophy from Debrecen University in 1944 before joining the underground resistance. After the war he was active in the Communist Party and had an influential position in the Ministry of Education. In 1950 he was arrested and spent the next three years as a political prisoner. After the suppression of the Hungarian uprising, he escaped to Vienna and from there, with the aid of a Rockefeller fellowship, to Cambridge, England. He there wrote the doctoral thesis out of which grew his famous Proofs and Refutations (CUP, 1976). Two volumes of Philosophical Papers, edited by John Worrall and Gregory Currie, appeared in 1978, also with CUP. 

Lakatos Award 2005

Nominations can now being made for the 2005 Lakatos Award, and must be received by Monday 19 April 2005. The 2005 Award will be for a book published in English with an imprint from 1999-2004 inclusive. A book may, with the permission of the author, be nominated by any person of recognised standing within the profession.

24 November 2004

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