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.

Most recent winners

The London School of Economics and Political Science is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 and 2016 Lakatos Awards. The 2015 award goes to Thomas Pradeu of CNRS and the University of Bordeaux for his book The Limits of the Self: Immunology and Biological Identity (Oxford University Press, 2012). The 2016 award goes to Brian Epstein of Tufts University for The Ant Trap: Rebuilding the Foundations of the Social Sciences (Oxford University Press, 2015). Each will win a prize of £10,000.

 

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 (Convenor, Cambridge)
  • Nancy Cartwright (Durham)
  • Roman Frigg (LSE)
  • Kostas Gavroglu (Athens)
  • Philip Kitcher (Columbia)
  • Elliott Sober (Wisconsin-Madison)
  • John Worrall (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 2018 – Call for nominations

The London School of Economics and Political Science invites nominations for the 2018 Lakatos Award. For the 2018 award, books published in English with an imprint from 2012 to 2017 (inclusive) are eligible.

Nominations must be received by Monday 2 October 2017.

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 Management Committee would like to apologise for the delay in the processing of recent awards.  Winners of the 2015 and the 2016 awards will be announced soon.  The 2017 competition will not take place.

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 (t.a.hinrichsen@lse.ac.uk).