Washington University in St. Louis philosophy professor Anya Plutynski has been named the winner of the 2021 Lakatos Award for the year's outstanding contribution in the philosophy of science. Plutynski's book Explaining Cancer: Finding Order in Disorder was praised by the selection committee as "a 'remarkable book' that is 'clear and carefully argued' and that 'covers an impressive amount of ground impressively well' while being 'an outstanding example of how to do relevant philosophy of science'. It is reported to offer a 'densely-argued, wide-ranging and penetrating analysis of the science of cancer research. Anyone interested in the subject would learn much from reading it, and find many surprises, both from the point of view of the science and philosophy'. Plutynski is praised for displaying 'an enviable command of the philosophical literature. She is also highly informative about cancer. The combination gives an unusual depth and sensitivity to the philosophical points that she makes.'"
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