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Imre Lakatos

Imre Lakatos (1922-1974) was a philosopher of mathematics.

He was born Imre Lipschitz in Hungary. He received a degree in mathematics, physics, and philosophy from the University of Debrecen[?] in 1944. He became an active communist during the second world war.

After the war, he worked in the Hungarian ministry of education. He was imprisoned (for political reasons?) from 1950 to 1953.

In 1956, during a time of upheaval in Hungary, Lakatos fled to Vienna, and later reached England. He received a doctorate in philosophy in 1961 from the University of Cambridge. The book Proofs and Refutations[?] (ISBN 0521290384), published after his death, is based on this work.

In 1960 he was appointed to a position in the London School of Economics, and remained there until his death. He wrote on philosophy of mathematics, and more generally on the philosophy of science.

Parts of his correspondence with his friend Paul Feyerabend have been published in For and Against Method[?] (ISBN 0226467740).

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