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Winner of the 2019 Lakatos Award: Understanding Scientific Understanding

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has announced the winner of the 2019 Lakatos Award, which goes to Henk W. de Regt (Professor of Philosophy of Science at the Department of Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) for his book, Understanding Scientific Understanding (OUP, 2017).

The Lakatos Award is in memory of the Hungarian philosopher of science Imre Lakatos (1922-1974) and presented by LSE, where Lakatos and many other influential philosophers of science have been based. It is given for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, broadly construed, in the form of a book published in English during the previous five years.

In the prize announcement:

Understanding Scientific Understanding is praised by the Selectors as “a remarkable book”. It is “a long anticipated book that does important work reframing our own philosophical aims and norms of intelligibility”. De Regt’s work is “is a magnificent example of how history and philosophy of science can be productively integrated”, making its point through historical case studies that are “scholarly and insightful”. The book is “a serious, carefully argued work, on a neglected but important topic in the philosophy of science”.

An award ceremony and public lecture will take place in the autumn.

(June 27, 2019)

Seeing time from different angles

Time is the ultimate scarce resource and thus quintessentially a topic for economics, the study of scarcity. Starting with the observation that time is increasingly valuable given competing demands as we have more things we can buy and do, Spending Time: The Most Valuable Resources provides engaging insights into how people use their time and what determines their decisions about spending their time.

That our time is limited by the number of hours in a day, days in a year, and years in our lives means that we face constraints and thus choices that involve trade-offs. We sleep, eat, have fun, watch TV, and not least we work. How much we dedicate to each, and why we do so, is intriguing and no one is better placed to shed light on similarities and differences than Daniel S. Hamermesh , the leading authority on time-use. Here he explores how people use their time, including across countries, regions, cultures, class, and gender.

Being stressed for time is central to modern life, and Hamermesh shows who is rushed, and why. The book offers a simple but radical proposal for changing lives and reducing the stress about time.

“Spending time with Dan Hamermesh's latest book is informative and entertaining at the same time.” Alvin Roth, co-winner of the 2012 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics

“Time is our greatest gift, our dearest resource. Dan Hamermesh provides a comprehensive and engaging account of how we spend our time, and why it matters. Your time spent reading this thoughtful book will be well worth it.” The late Alan B. Krueger, Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University, and former Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers

(May 31, 2019)

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