UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
‘CAUSAL MODELLING AND THE LOGIC OF SCIENCE’
CHAIR: NANCY CARTWRIGHT
THURSDAY 9TH MAY
IN THE OLD THEATRE, LSE, HOUGHTON STREET
[PROFESSOR PEARL WON THE 2001 LAKATOS AWARD FOR HIS BOOK ‘CAUSALITY: MODELS, REASONING AND INFERENCE’
(CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 2000)]
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LAKATOS AWARD 2001 ANNOUNCED
The London School of Economics and Political Science is pleased to announce that this year's Lakatos Award of £10,000 for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science goes to Professor Judea Pearl for his book Causality: models, reasoning and inference (Cambridge University Press, 2000).
Professor Pearl, from the University of California, Los Angeles, will visit LSE to give a public award lecture and receive the award in the spring term, 2002.
Professor Pearl's book shows how causality – often treated with suspicion as an inevitably nebulous concept – can in fact be developed as a precise, mathematically expressed notion with important applications in the fields of statistics, philosophy of science, cognitive science and the health and social sciences.
The Lakatos Award is given for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science in the form of a book published in English during the previous six years. It is in memory of former LSE professor Imre Lakatos, and is administered by an international Management Committee chaired by Professor Anthony Giddens, Director of LSE.
The committee decides the outcome of the Award competition on the advice of an independent and anonymous panel of selectors. A condition of accepting the £10,000 award prize is that the successful candidate will visit the LSE and deliver a public lecture.
For details on Professor Pearl, visit http://bayes.cs.ucla.edu/jp_home.html
For details of the nomination procedure or for more information on the Lakatos Award 2001 contact Sadaf Hafiz on 020 7955 7901 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Imre Lakatos, 1922 – 1974, was Professor of Logic with special reference to the Philosophy of Mathematics at LSE since 1969, having joined the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method in 1960. He was born in Hungary and graduated in physics, mathematics and philosophy from Debrecen University in 1944 before joining the underground resistance in the war. After the war, he escaped to Vienna and came to Cambridge with the aid of a Rockerfeller fellowship. He there wrote the doctoral thesis out of which grew his famous Proofs and Refutations. Two volumes of Philosophical Papers, (eds John Worrall and Gregory Currie, Cambridge University Press) were published in 1978.
Nominations can now be made for the 2002 Lakatos Award, and must be received by Monday 15 April 2002. The 2002 Award will be for a book published in English with an imprint from 1996 to 2001 inclusive. A book may, with the permission of the author, be nominated by any person of recognised standing within the profession.