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Lakatos Award Lecture 2019

22 November 2019, 6:15 pm7:45 pm

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It is widely acknowledged that a central aim of science is to achieve understanding of the world around us, and that possessing such understanding is highly important in our present-day society. But what precisely is scientific understanding, and when is it achieved?

In his Lakatos Award winning book Understanding Scientific Understanding (OUP, 2017), Professor Henk W. de Regt develops a philosophical theory of scientific understanding that answers these questions. In contrast to most existing studies in this area, de Regt’s approach takes into account scientists’ views on understanding and their role in scientific debate and development. In this lecture, Professor de Regt will outline his theory of scientific understanding and illustrate it with examples from the history of physics.

Henk W. de Regt is Professor of Philosophy of Natural Sciences, Institute for Science in Society, Radboud University Nijmegen.

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. Further information is available on the Lakatos Award web page.

Professor de Regt’s lecture will be followed by a public award ceremony.

This event is free and open to all with no pre-registration required. Seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


22 November 2019
6:15 pm – 7:45 pm
Event Category:


Department of Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method


Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
99 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4JF United Kingdom
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