The Lakatos Award is given annually for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, widely interpreted, in the form of a book published in English during the current year or the previous five years.

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The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Lakatos Award, which goes to Henk W. de Regt for his book Understanding Scientific Understanding (Oxford University Press, 2017).


About the Lakatos Award

The Lakatos Award is in memory of Imre Lakatos and has been endowed by the Latsis Foundation. It is administered by an international Management Committee organised from the LSE, but entirely independent of LSE’s Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method. The Committee decides the outcome of the competition on the advice of an international, independent and anonymous panel of Selectors who produce detailed reports on the shortlisted books

The committee currently comprises the following.

  • Hasok Chang (Cambridge)
  • Nancy Cartwright (Durham)
  • Roman Frigg (Convenor, LSE)
  • Kostas Gavroglu (Athens)
  • Helen Longino (Stanford)
  • Elliott Sober (Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Richard Bradley (LSE)

The Committee accepts and responds to nominations, creates a shortlist, and makes the Award on the advice of an independent and anonymous panel of Selectors, who are asked to read and comment on all of the shortlisted books.

The value of the Award is £10,000. To take it up, a successful candidate must visit the LSE and deliver a public lecture. The Award may be shared if there are deemed to be two candidates of equal merit. The Committee reserves the right to make no award should it be decided that none of the shortlisted works meets the level of impact and significance required to merit the Award.


Lakatos Award 2020 – Call for nominations

The London School of Economics and Political Science invites nominations for the 2020 Lakatos Award. For the 2020 award, books published in English with an imprint from 2014 to 2019 (inclusive) are eligible.

Nominations must be received by Sunday 1 September 2019.

Nominations may be made by any persons of recognised standing within the philosophy of science or an allied profession. Self-nominations are not allowed. Before a nomination is submitted, permission should be sought from the author(s) of the nominated book. The Management Committee itself is not empowered to nominate books.

The nominator should write to the Lakatos Award Administrator outlining the case for the book to be considered for the Award, with “LAKATOS AWARD: CONFIDENTIAL” in the subject header. These nomination letters should be brief (no more than three paragraphs in length) and will be passed on to the Selectors if the book is shortlisted.

Please send nominations, or any queries, to the Lakatos Award Administrator Tom Hinrichsen (