In early 1998 I discovered new articles on Lakatos’ life in Hungary up to the 1956 Revolution. I had learned in the early 1980s from one of Lakatos’ best-known students, the late Ferenc Feher, that Lakatos had been a “first generation” student of Lukacs after World War II. Now it turned out Lakatos had an incredible Hungarian life full of drama, intrigue, and sinister treachery of the highest order. He also had even written a Hungarian doctoral thesis at the University of Debrecen. No copies of the thesis now exist, but Laszlo Ropolyi has reconstructed the thesis content based on a series of articles Lakatos wrote in the late 1940s. These articles show that his thesis was strongly influenced by Georg Lukacs, although the content sounds like an embarrassingly simplistic application of Marxist ideas to the sociology of science. All this history had been kept secret partly by Lakatos who had no interest in making his nefarious past known in England where he had become a politically conservative world-famous academic. In Hungary Lakatos still had enough enemies so that a 199x academic conference on him was moved to Vienna.

Having filled out my understanding over the years with the intellectual and scientific history needed to lay out Lakatos’ philosophical achievement, these revelations about Lakatos' past were the motivation I needed to put it all together as a book. I was convinced more than ever that Lakatos was one of the most remarkable philosophers of the 20th century.

My original impulse, hatched over 15 years earlier in Berkeley, was coming to fruition. With the chaos at ADA I saw no reason to worry much about what happening with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the big dumb company that now controlled our every movement down to tasteless PowerPoint templates. Luckily there was room for me to maneuver as a part-timer. I would work on my book for half the day or more, then go to the office and put in a half day or less. Somehow I fit in business trips to England and Australia where I was sent by PwC as a missionary to convert the company's valuation practices. The entire purchase of ADA had been predicated on spurious beliefs in a new miracle methodology called real options analysis, a valuation paradigm incorporating concepts from financial options theory, then all the rage because of the dot com stock run ups. Indeed we visited the holy of holies, Enron, who were building futures markets in the energy markets, weather events and anything else you can imagine. Real options theory has its merits but it also was an ideological expression of the "new valuations" nonsense pervading the media.

After six months I had enough of a book draft to go back to work and keep the book going with less energy. ADA, as I said, was breaking up with many at the company looking for late potential in the dot com mania thriving around us. Every day seemed to bring a new email resignation. My favorite was Dan Brooks', who wrote that decision analysis companies seemed best suited for those challenged by making choices in their lives.

I resigned in early 2000 and started my own consulting shop, Policy and Decision Science. My book Imre Lakatos and the Guises of Reason was published the next year, in March 2001.