2014 Lakatos Award Given To Two Philosophers


The 2014 Lakatos Award has been won jointly by Gordon Belot (Michigan) for his book Geometric Possibility (Oxford University Press, 2011) and David Malament (UC Irvine) for his book Topics in the Foundations of General Relativity and Newtonian Gravitation Theory (Chicago, 2012). Each will receive the full award amount of £7500.

From the award website at the London School of Economics:

The Lakatos Award is given annually for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, widely interpreted, in the form of a book published in English during the current year or the previous five years… 

The Lakatos Award is in memory of Imre Lakatos and has been endowed by the Latsis Foundation. It is administered by the following committee: John Worrall (Convenor, LSE), Nancy Cartwright (Durham), Hasok Chang (Cambridge), Kostas Gavroglu (Athens), Philip Kitcher (Columbia), Alan Musgrave (Otago), Michael Redhead (Emeritus, Cambridge), and Elliott Sober (Wisconsin-Madison).

The Committee accepts and responds to nominations, creates a shortlist, and makes the Award on the advice of an independent and anonymous panel of Selectors, who are asked to read and comment on all of the shortlisted books.

The value of the Award is £7,500. To take it up, a successful candidate must visit the LSE and deliver a public lecture. The Award may be shared if there are deemed to be two candidates of equal merit. The Committee reserves the right to make no award should it be decided that none of the shortlisted works meets the level of impact and significance required to merit the Award.

Previous winners are listed here.

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