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Public Philosophy Op-Ed Contest
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The APA committee on public philosophy sponsors a contest for the best opinion-editorials published by philosophers. The goal is to honor five standout pieces that successfully blend philosophical argumentation with an op-ed writing style. Winning submissions will call public attention, either directly or indirectly, to the value of philosophical thinking. The pieces will be judged in terms of their success as examples of public philosophy, and should be accessible to the general public, focused on important topics of public concern, and characterized by sound reasoning.


Award Amount: $100 (total for each piece)

Frequency: Annual

Nomination Deadline: April 15, 2016

Eligibility and Criteria

Submissions for the 2016 contest must have been published in 2015 in an op-ed section of a periodical and should be no more than 2,000 words. Blog entries are also eligible. 

Questions may be directed to [email protected].


Only one entry per author or nominator is permitted. Self-nominations are welcome.  

To submit a nomination, fill out the nomination form.

Selection Process

A subset of the committee on public philosophy will evaluate the submissions. Winning authors will receive a $100 award and will be formally recognized at the annual prize reception at the APA Eastern Division meeting.

Previous Awardees


Mariana Alessandri
“Companions in Misery”
The Stone (The New York Times)

Adam Hosein
“Prosecuting on Torture Isn't Politics, It's Human Rights”
Boston Review

Patrick Lin
“The Robot Car of Tomorrow May Just Be Programmed to Hit You”

Kate Manne
“In Ferguson and Beyond, Punishing Humanity”
The Stone (The New York Times)

Gordon Marino
“A Life Beyond ‘Do What You Love’”
The Stone (The New York Times)


Dale Jamieson
“The Right's New Climate Change Lie”

Todd May
“The Weight of the Past”
The Stone

Jennifer Morton
“Unequal Classrooms: What Online Education Cannot Teach”
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Kathryn Pogin
“Notre Dame Healthcare and 'Sincere Religious Belief'”
The Huffington Post

George Yancy
“Walking while Black in the White Gaze”
The Stone


John Kaag & Sarah Kreps
"The Moral Hazard of Drones"
The New York Times

Michael P. Lynch
"A Vote for Reason"
The New York Times

Jeff McMahan
"Why Gun 'Control' Is Not Enough"
The New York Times

Amy R. Allen
"The 'Mommy Wars' Redux: A False Conflict"
The New York Times

Yuval Eylon
"Ignoring the Most Promising Option"


James Stacey Taylor
"Want to Save Lives? Allow Bone Marrow Donors to be Paid”
Los Angeles Times

David Kyle Johnson
"Watson in Philosophical Jeopardy”
Psychology Today

José-Antonio Orosco
"Tuition Bill the Decent Option”
Corvallis Gazette-Times

Louise M. Antony
"Good Minus God”
New York Times

Todd Edwin Jones
"Budgetary Hemlock”
Boston Review


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