Imre Lakatos

1922 - 1974

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Imre Lakatos (UK: , US: ; Hungarian: Lakatos Imre [ˈlɒkɒtoʃ ˈimrɛ]; November 9, 1922 – February 2, 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 433,845 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Imre Lakatos is the 219th most popular philosopher (up from 224th in 2019), the 38th most popular biography from Hungary (up from 46th in 2019) and the 2nd 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 219 out of 1,089Before him are Miguel de Unamuno, Swami Vivekananda, Paulo Freire, Bernard Bolzano, Hasan al-Basri, and Hippias. After him are Gaston Bachelard, Diotima of Mantinea, Joseph de Maistre, Paul Feyerabend, Hippasus, and Julia Kristeva.

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Among people born in 1922, Imre Lakatos ranks 24Before him are Hiroo Onoda, Aage Bohr, Doris Day, Kurt Vonnegut, Christiaan Barnard, and Stanley Cohen. After him are Alain Resnais, Iannis Xenakis, Philip Larkin, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Otto Carius, and Telly Savalas. Among people deceased in 1974, Imre Lakatos ranks 14Before him are Vittorio De Sica, Pär Lagerkvist, Amin al-Husseini, Baldur von Schirach, U Thant, and Rudolf Dassler. After him are Duke Ellington, Erich Kästner, Darius Milhaud, Jacob L. Moreno, Julius Evola, and Otto Strasser.

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Among people born in Hungary, Imre Lakatos ranks 38 out of 696Before him are Joseph Pulitzer (1847), Sándor Kocsis (1929), Elizabeth of Luxembourg (1409), Emmerich Kálmán (1882), Zoltán Kodály (1882), and Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778). After him are Eugene Wigner (1902), Stephen V of Hungary (1239), Ladislaus IV of Hungary (1262), Béla III of Hungary (1148), Marcel Breuer (1902), and Karl Mannheim (1893).


Among philosophers born in Hungary, Imre Lakatos ranks 2Before him are György Lukács (1885). After him are Ágnes Heller (1929), Ervin László (1932), George Gerbner (1919), Thomas Sebeok (1920), and Stanley Jaki (1924).