IMRE LAKATOS AND THE GUISES OF REASON.

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"Interesting reading."
--J. W. Dauben, "Choice"

"[F]ascinating. . . ."
--Teun Koetsier," Zentralblatt Math"

""[O]utstanding. . . ."
--Steve, Fuller, "History and Theory"

"[A] remarkable historical philosophy . . . ."
--Bulletin of Science, Technology, & Society

"[C]reatively powerful. . . ."
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--Thaddeus J. Trenn, "Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies"

"[H]is book is a worthwhile contribution to the history of recent philosophy."
--I. Grattan-Guinness, "Recensioni"

"[C]hallenging and appealing. . . . Kadvany's analysis is rich, broad, and articulated. . . . [T]he book is well written, eminently readable, and stands out as a major contribution between the boundaries of continental and Anglo-American philosophy of science and mathematics."
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--Matteo Motterlini, "Philosophia Mathematica"

"[E]xtremely stimulating . . . . It should provoke a reevaluation of Lakatos's work (especially on the history of mathematics), providing an answer to anyone who regards it as philosophically naive. It may also provide a route whereby those for whom German philosophy has been a largely closed book can begin to understand something of Hegel."
--Roger E. Backhouse, "History of Political Economy"

"[A]n important contribution to the literature on Lakatos. It provides significant insights into the background, nature, import and implications of Lakatos' thought. . . . [T]he most important book that has appeared on Lakatos' work to date, and it contains much that is novel and of real interest and importance to philosophers and mathematicians. Every university library should have a copy."
--Paul Ernest, "Mathematical Reviews"

"In "Imre Lakatos and the Guises of Reason," John Kadvany demonstrates the overwhelming importance of Lakatos's Hungarian background, and thereby also explains and illuminates Lakatos's philosophy. Kadvany's exposition does much to clarify and explain Lakatos's philosophy, thereby enhancing his reputation and also making his work, much of it still of vital significance, more accessible to a new public."
--Jerome R. Ravetz, "Inquiry"

"John Kadvany has written a brilliant study of the English-language philosophy of Imre Lakatos, which should appeal to scholars interested in the philosophy of science and mathematics, Stalinist Hungary, and Hegelian historical rationality, as well as the individual of Imre Lakatos. Scholars in all subjects should welcome Kadvany's explanation of Lakatos's belief in three overlapping sequences of historical time. Even readers not versed in mathematical proofs and Lakatos's contribution to science, will not be disappointed with this well-written monograph."
--John C. Swanson, "Central European History"

“I have rarely encountered a book with as many fresh and arresting ideas from so many seemingly disparate intellectual and historical contexts. With wit, verve, and concision, Kadvany combines an impressive command of the traditions of philosophy, science, mathematics, and economic theory with an impassioned and insightful mastery of the history of Hungary during the Communist era.”—Martin Jay, University of California, Berkeley

“Not merely a uniquely insightful account of the life and work of one of this century’s most original philosophers, this book provides a glimpse of a vanished intellectual world, that of Middle Europe before the catastrophes. Finding Georg Lukács and Hegel in Lakatos does more than elucidate Lakatos’s thought; it provides us with an entry to a whole different intellectual style. As interpreted by Kadvany, Lakatos functions as a sort of Rosetta Stone to that brilliant but now quite foreign intellectual culture. A brilliant tour de force.”—Jerome Ravetz, author of "Scientific Knowledge and Its Social Problems"

"I have rarely encountered a book with as many fresh and arresting ideas from so many seemingly disparate intellectual and historical contexts. With wit, verve, and concision, Kadvany combines an impressive command of the traditions of philosophy, science, mathematics, and economic theory with an impassioned and insightful mastery of the history of Hungary during the Communist era."--Martin Jay, University of California, Berkeley

"Not merely a uniquely insightful account of the life and work of one of this century's most original philosophers, this book provides a glimpse of a vanished intellectual world, that of Middle Europe before the catastrophes. Finding Georg Lukacs and Hegel in Lakatos does more than elucidate Lakatos's thought; it provides us with an entry to a whole different intellectual style. As interpreted by Kadvany, Lakatos functions as a sort of Rosetta Stone to that brilliant but now quite foreign intellectual culture. A brilliant tour de force."--Jerome Ravetz, author of Scientific Knowledge and Its Social Problems

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"Not merely a uniquely insightful account of the life and work of one of this century's most original philosophers, this book provides a glimpse of a vanished intellectual world, that of Middle Europe before the catastrophes. Finding Georg Lukacs and Hegel in Lakatos does more than elucidate Lakatos's thought; it provides us with an entry to a whole different intellectual style. As interpreted by Kadvany, Lakatos functions as a sort of Rosetta Stone to that brilliant but now quite foreign intellectual culture. A brilliant tour de force."--Jerome Ravetz, author of "Scientific Knowledge and Its Social Problems"

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