The London School of Economics and Political Science announces that the 2014 Lakatos Award for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, has been won jointly by Gordon Belot and David Malament.



Gordon Belot is a Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Michigan. He wins the award for his book Geometric Possibility (Oxford University Press, 2011).


David Malament
is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Irvine. He wins the award for his book Topics in the Foundations of General Relativity and Newtonian Gravitation Theory (Chicago, 2012).


Each will win a prize of £7500.

A conference in honour of the award winners will take place on Wednesday, 4 May 2016, and the award ceremony will take place on the evening of Thursday, 5 May 2016. Details to be announced here soon. For further information about this, and about the Award itself, please contact the Lakatos Award Administrator, Tom Hinrichsen.

The Award

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 five 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 the LSE, but entirely independent of LSE’s Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method.

The Committee, chaired by John Worrall, decides the outcome of the Award competition on the advice of an international, independent and anonymous panel of Selectors who produce detailed reports on the nominated books.

You can view the previous Lakatos Award announcements here.