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  • From: "Laszlo E. Szabo" <leszabo AT>
  • To: mafla <mafla AT HPS.ELTE.HU>, fizinfo <fizinfo AT>, Multiple recipients of list <koglist AT>
  • Subject: [Fizinfo] Philosophy of Science Colloquium, J. K a d v a n y
  • Date: Mon Apr 7 22:05:01 2003
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Eotvos University, Budapest
Pazmany P. setany 1/A Budapest
Phone/Fax: (36-1) 372 2924
Department's Home Page:

P h i l o s o p h y o f S c i e n c e C o l l o q u i u m
Room 6.54 (6th floor) Monday 4:00 PM
14 April 4:00 PM 6th floor 6.54

J o h n K a d v a n y
<mailto:KADVANY AT>
Policy and Decision Science, Menlo Park, CA

From Hegel to Lakatos: Historical Method in the Philosophy of
Mathematics and Science

During his career, and since his death in 1974, some noticed latent
Hegelian ideas in Imre Lakatos? approach to combining philosophy and
history in his theories of mathematical and scientific method. This talk
explains the importance of Lakatos? Hegelianism in his masterpiece on
mathematical method, Proofs and Refutations, and in his methodology of
scientific research programmes.
Topics to be discussed include: the historiography of Proofs and
Refutations and Hegel?s Phenomenology of Spirit; pedagogical philosophy
in Hegel and Lakatos; skepticism in nineteenth-century mathematics; the
history of Gödel?s Second Incompleteness Theorem; Lakatos? ?changing
logic? of scientific discovery; classical political economy as a
research programme; research programmes and criticism of scientific
practice; and the continuity of Lakatos? ideas with those of Georg
The talk summarizes the philosophical content of my book, Imre Lakatos
and the Guises of Reason (Duke University Press 2001).

On Wednesday April 16, I will give a talk titled "Lakatos, Hegel,
Hungary" at the Central European University. That talk will present
Lakatos' work and life in the context of Hungarian Stalinism and the
1956 Hungarian Revolution.

Biographical statement for John Kadvany:

The 60-minute lecture is followed by a 10-minute break. Then we held a
30-60-minute discussion.The participants may comment the talks and
initiate discussion on the Internet. The comments should be written in
the language of the presentation.

The organizer of the colloquium:
Laszlo E. Szabo (email:
leszabo AT

Laszlo E. Szabo
Department of Theoretical Physics
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Eotvos University, Budapest
H-1518 Budapest, Pf. 32, Hungary
Phone/Fax: (36-1)372-2924
Home: (36-1) 200-7318
Mobil/SMS: (36) 20-366-1172

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