Lakatos Award

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Lakatos Award
Awarded forAn outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science.

The Lakatos Award is given annually for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, widely interpreted.[1] The contribution must be in the form of a book published in English during the previous six years. The Award is in memory of Imre Lakatos and has been endowed by the Latsis Foundation. The value of the Award is £10,000. To take up an Award a successful candidate must visit the London School of Economics (LSE) and deliver a public lecture.


The award is administered by the following committee:

The Committee makes the Award on the advice of an independent and anonymous panel of selectors.


The Award has so far been won by:[2]

1986 - Bas Van Fraassen for The Scientific Image (1980) and Hartry Field for Science Without Numbers (1980)
1987 - Michael Friedman for Foundations of Space-Time Theories and Philip Kitcher for Vaulting Ambition: Sociobiology and the Quest for Human Nature
1988 - Michael Redhead for Incompleteness, Nonlocality and Realism
1989 - John Earman for A Primer on Determinism
1991 - Elliott Sober for Reconstructing the Past: Parsimony, Evolution, and Interference (1988)
1993 - Peter Achinstein for Particles and Waves: Historical Essays in the Philosophy of Science (1991) and Alexander Rosenberg for Economics--Mathematical Politics or Science of Diminishing Returns? (1992)
1994 - Michael Dummett for Frege: Philosophy of Mathematics (1991)
1995 - Lawrence Sklar for Physics and Chance: Philosophical Issues in the Foundations of Statistical Mechanics (1993)
1996 - Abner Shimony for The Search for a Naturalistic World View (1993)
1998 - Jeffrey Bub for Interpreting the Quantum World and Deborah Mayo for Error and the Growth of Experimental Knowledge
1999 - Brian Skyrms for Evolution of the Social Contract (1996) on modelling 'fair', non self-interested human actions using (cultural) evolutionary dynamics
2001 - Judea Pearl for Causality: Models, Reasoning and Inference (2000) on causal models and causal reasoning
2002 - Penelope Maddy for Naturalism in Mathematics (1997) on the issue of how the axioms of set theory are justified
2003 - Patrick Suppes for Representation and Invariance of Scientific Structures (2002) on axiomatising a wide range of scientific theories in terms of set theory
2004 - Kim Sterelny for Thought in a Hostile World: The Evolution of Human Cognition (2003) ISBN 9780631188865 on the idea that thought is a response to threat[3]
2005 - James Woodward for Making Things Happen (2003) on causality and explanation
2006 - Harvey Brown for Physical Relativity: Space-time Structure from a Dynamical Perspective (2005) and Hasok Chang for Inventing Temperature: Measurement and Scientific Progress (2004)
2008 - Richard Healey for Gauging What’s Real: the conceptual foundations of contemporary gauge theories (2007)
2009 - Samir Okasha for Evolution and the Levels of Selection (2006).
2010 - Peter Godfrey-Smith for Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection
2012 - Wolfgang Spohn for The Laws of Belief: Ranking Theory and its Philosophical Implications (2012)
2013 - Laura Ruetsche for Interpreting Quantum Theories (2011) and David Wallace for The Emergent Multiverse: Quantum Theory According to the Everett Interpretation (2012)
2014 - Gordon Belot for Geometric Possibility (2011) and David Malament for Topics in the Foundations of General Relativity and Newtonian Gravitation Theory (2012)
2015 - Thomas Pradeu for The Limits of the Self: Immunology and Biological Identity (2012) ISBN 9780199775286[4]
2016 - Brian Epstein for The Ant Trap: Rebuilding the Foundations of the Social Sciences (2015) ISBN 9780199381104[4]
2017 - Craig Callender for What Makes Time Special? ISBN 9780198797302[5]
2018 - Sabina Leonelli for Data-Centric Biology: A Philosophical Study (2016) ISBN 9780226416472[5]
2019 - Henk W. de Regt for Understanding Scientific Understanding (2017) ISBN 9780190652913[6]
2020 - Nicholas Shea for Representation in Cognitive Science (2018) ISBN 978-0-19-881288-3[7]


  1. ^ "Lakatos Award".
  2. ^ Rodgers, Ewan (2015-09-15). "Lakatos Award – Previous Winners". Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method. Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  3. ^ Comments, 28 March 2005|Lakatos Award Winner|0 (2005-03-28). "2004 Lakatos Award". Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method. Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  4. ^ a b June 2017|Featured, 5; Winner, Lakatos Award; Comments, News|0 (2017-06-05). "Thomas Pradeu and Brian Epstein win the 2015 and 2016 Lakatos Awards". Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method. Retrieved 2020-11-29.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ a b Winner, 11 July 2018|Lakatos Award; Comments, News|0 (2018-07-11). "Sabina Leonelli and Craig Callender win the 2018 Lakatos Award". Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method. Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  6. ^ June 2019|Featured, 14; Winner, Lakatos Award; Comments, News|0 (2019-06-14). "Henk W. de Regt wins the 2019 Lakatos Award". Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method. Retrieved 2020-11-29.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ July 2020|Featured, 2; Comments, News|0 (2020-07-02). "Nicholas Shea wins the 2020 Lakatos Award". Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method. Retrieved 2020-11-29.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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