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Imre Lakatos

1922 - 1974

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Imre Lakatos (UK: , US: ; Hungarian: Lakatos Imre [ˈlɒkɒtoʃ ˈimrɛ]; 9 November 1922 – 2 February 1974) was a Hungarian philosopher of mathematics and science, known for his thesis of the fallibility of mathematics and its "methodology of proofs and refutations" in its pre-axiomatic stages of development, and also for introducing the concept of the "research programme" in his methodology of scientific research programmes. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Imre Lakatos has received more than 485,339 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Imre Lakatos is the 229th most popular philosopher (down from 219th in 2019), the 42nd most popular biography from Hungary (down from 38th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Hungarian Philosopher.

Lakatos is most famous for his work on the methodology of science. He argued that scientific theories can be progressive, degenerative, or revolutionary.

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Among philosophers, Imre Lakatos ranks 229 out of 1,081Before him are Baltasar Gracián, Paul Feyerabend, Giorgio Agamben, Milarepa, Bernard Bolzano, and Bayazid Bastami. After him are Cratylus, Gaston Bachelard, Pelagius, Benjamin Constant, Michael Psellos, and Al-Jahiz.

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Among people born in 1922, Imre Lakatos ranks 20Before him are Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Erving Goffman, Jack Kerouac, Emil Zátopek, Christiaan Barnard, and Gérard Philipe. After him are Aage Bohr, Kurt Vonnegut, Iannis Xenakis, Betty White, Hans Georg Dehmelt, and Otto Carius. Among people deceased in 1974, Imre Lakatos ranks 13Before him are Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Vittorio De Sica, Amin al-Husseini, Pär Lagerkvist, Baldur von Schirach, and U Thant. After him are Rudolf Dassler, David Oistrakh, Duke Ellington, Otto Strasser, Erich Kästner, and Miguel Ángel Asturias.

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Among people born in Hungary, Imre Lakatos ranks 42 out of 866Before him are Joseph Pulitzer (1847), Ágota Kristóf (1935), Viktor Orbán (1963), László Kubala (1927), Orestes (420), and John Sigismund Zápolya (1540). After him are Stephen V of Hungary (1239), Béla III of Hungary (1148), Anne of Bohemia and Hungary (1503), Lajos Kossuth (1802), Coloman, King of Hungary (1070), and Paul Erdős (1913).


Among philosophers born in Hungary, Imre Lakatos ranks 3Before him are Rudolf Steiner (1861) and György Lukács (1885). After him are Ágnes Heller (1929), Ervin László (1932), George Gerbner (1919), Thomas Sebeok (1920), and Stanley Jaki (1924).