This website has been established to commemorate the life and work of Imre Lakatos (1922-74) on his 80th birthday anniversary in 2002. To celebrate this occasion both audio and text versions of Science and Pseudoscience - one of Lakatos's last public talks before he died - are provided here. To celebrate his 90th birthday anniversary in 2012, audio recordings of two of his last LSE Scientific Method lectures in 1973 are also provided here.
Imre Lakatos (1922-74) [see Useful Links for biographies], the internationally renowned philosopher of mathematics and science, lectured at the LSE in its Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method from 1960 until his untimely death in 1974 at the age of 51. He became its Professor of Logic in 1969. The Lakatos Award, established in 1986 and endowed by The Latsis Foundation, is now the most prestigious international prize for contributions to the philosophy of science [See Useful Links]. To mark the 80th anniversary of his birth on 8th November 1922, The Imre Lakatos Memorial Fund of the London School of Economics and Political Science is making available the recording of his BBC Radio talk Science and Pseudoscience along with its text. See Science and Pseudoscience for more information.
Photo: Imre Lakatos in 1961 on the occasion of his Cambridge University doctoral award for his now world renowned PhD thesis Essays in the Logic of Mathematical Discovery, published in part as Proofs and Refutations, edited by John Worrall and Elie Zahar, Cambridge University Press, 1976.
The Imre Lakatos Memorial Fund wishes to thank the following for their contributions to enabling this site: The Open University for use of the recording of Professor Lakatos's talk for this purpose; The Open University Library's (see Welcome) archive for providing a digital copy of the recording and most especially for having preserved it; Gillian Goss of the Imre Lakatos Memorial Fund Committee for her invaluable generous advice and information and for providing the photograph of Imre Lakatos; Dr Jason Alexander of LSE Philosophy Department and Business Systems & Services (LSE) for their technical advice and assistance; and Professor John Worrall, Chair of the Imre Lakatos Memorial Fund Committee, for authorising the creation of the site and Alex Bellamy for the original idea and organising its realisation.