Imre Lakatos (1922-74), 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. He is the author of the classic work in the philosophy of mathematics Proofs and Refutations and proposed a renowned account of scientific method called The Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes

Prof. Lakatos is now also associated with the Lakatos Award, established in 1986 and endowed by The Latsis Foundation, which is the most prestigious international prize for contributions to the philosophy of science.

Hear Lakatos Speak

  1973 Lecture 6: Popper and the rules of the game of science

  1973 Lecture 7: Falsification and intellectual honesty

These lectures are from a series of 8 lecture on scientific method given by Lakatos in the 1973 Michaelmas (Autumn) term. Lakatos gave a series of 8 lectures on scientific method. Only recordings of his two lectures 6 and 7 made by Alex Bellamy have survived. Transcripts of the lectures are held in the LSE Library Lakatos Archive in its catalogue items Lakatos 9/1, and in For and Against Method: Lakatos and Feyerabend.

  1973 “Science and Pseudoscience” BBC Radio Talk / Overview and Transcript

The Imre Lakatos Memorial Fund of the London School of Economics and Political Science made this radio talk and its text available to mark the 80th anniversary of Lakatos’s birth on 8th November 1922.

Lakatos Resources

Imre Lakatos

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.



This page was 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.


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 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.

The original idea for this memorial site and its realisation are due to Alex Bellamy, to whom the Department is very grateful.