Lakatos Award

The Lakatos Award is given annually for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, widely interpreted. 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. It is administered by the following committee:

The Committee makes the Award on the advice of an independent and anonymous panel of selectors. The value of the Award is £10,000.

To take up an Award a successful candidate must visit the LSE and deliver a public lecture.


The Award has so far been won by:

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 ([1])
2001 - Judea Pearl
for Causality: Models, Reasoning and Inference (2000) on causal models and causal reasoning ([2])
2002 - Penelope Maddy
for Naturalism in Mathematics (1997) on the issue of how the axioms of set theory are justified ([3])
2003 - Patrick Suppes
for Representation and Invariance of Scientific Structures (2002) on axiomatising a wide range of scientific theories in terms of set theory ([4])
2004 - Kim Sterelny
for Thought in a Hostile World: The Evolution of Human Cognition (2003) on the idea that thought is a response to threat ([5])
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)
2016 - Brian Epstein
for The Ant Trap: Rebuilding the Foundations of the Social Sciences (2015)
2018 - Sabina Leonelli
for Data-Centric Biology: A Philosophical Study (2016)
and Craig Callender
for What Makes Time Special? (2017)
2019 - Henk W. de Regt
for Understanding Scientific Understanding (2017)

External linksEdit