Appraising Lakatos

Mathematics, Methodology, and the Man

  • George Kampis
  • Ladislav Kvasz
  • Michael Stöltzner

Part of the Vienna Circle Institute Library book series (VCIL, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. In Defence of Scientific Rationality

  3. Underway to a Philosophy of Contemporary Mathematics

  4. Life and Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-262
    2. László Ropolyi
      Pages 303-338
    3. Lee Congdon
      Pages 339-349
  5. Imre Lakatos’ Hungarian Dissertation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 351-351
    2. George Kampis, Ladislav Kvasz, Michael Stöltzner
      Pages 353-374
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 375-382

About this book


Imre Lakatos (1922-1974) was one of the protagonists in shaping the "new philosophy of science". More than 25 years after his untimely death, it is time for a critical re-evaluation of his ideas. His main theme of locating rationality within the scientific process appears even more compelling today, after many historical case studies have revealed the cultural and societal elements within scientific practices. Recently there has been, above all, an increasing interest in Lakatos' philosophy of mathematics, which emphasises heuristics and mathematical practice over logical justification. But suitable modifications of his approach are called for in order to make it applicable to modern axiomatised theories.

Pioneering historical research in England and Hungary has unearthed hitherto unknown facts about Lakatos' personal life, his wartime activities and his involvement in the political developments of post-war Europe. From a communist activist committed to Györgyi Lukács' thinking, Lakatos developed into a staunch anti-Marxist who found his intellectual background in Popper's critical rationalism. The volume also publishes for the first time a part of his Debrecen Ph.D. thesis and it is concluded by a bibliography of his Hungarian writings.


Georg Lukács Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Karl R. Popper Philosophy of Science epistemology heuristics idea logic politics proposition quantum mechanics reason scepticism science scientific discovery

Editors and affiliations

  • George Kampis
    • 1
  • Ladislav Kvasz
    • 2
  • Michael Stöltzner
    • 3
  1. 1.Eötvös UniversityBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Comenius UniversityBratislavaSlovakia
  3. 3.Institute Vienna Circle, ViennaUniversity of BielefeldGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5922-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-0769-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1571-3083
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