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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

Award Amount: $100 (total for each piece)

Frequency: Annual

Nomination Deadline: April 15, 2017

Eligibility and Criteria

Submissions for the 2017 contest must have been published in 2016 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].

Nominations

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

2016

Anat Biletzki (Quinnipiac University)
Making It Explicit in Israel
The Stone (The New York Times)

Ruth Chang (Rutgers University)
Resolving to Create a New You
The Stone (The New York Times)

Carrie Jenkins (University of British Columbia)
What's Love Got To Do With Sex Ed? Maybe Everything
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Bryan Van Norden (Vassar College)
Confucius on Gay Marriage
The Diplomat

George Yancy (Emory University)
Dear White America
The Stone (The New York Times)

2015

Mariana Alessandri (University of Texas-Pan American)
“Companions in Misery”
The Stone (The New York Times)

Adam Hosein (University of Colorado Boulder)
“Prosecuting on Torture Isn't Politics, It's Human Rights”
Boston Review

Patrick Lin (California Polytechnic State University)
“The Robot Car of Tomorrow May Just Be Programmed to Hit You”
Wired

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

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

2014

Dale Jamieson (New York University)
“The Right's New Climate Change Lie”
Salon

Todd May (Clemson University)
“The Weight of the Past”
The Stone

Jennifer Morton (City College of New York)
“Unequal Classrooms: What Online Education Cannot Teach”
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Kathryn Pogin (Northwestern University)
“Notre Dame Healthcare and 'Sincere Religious Belief'”
The Huffington Post

George Yancy (Duquesne University)
“Walking while Black in the White Gaze”
The Stone

2013

John Kaag (University of Massachusetts Lowell) & Sarah Kreps (Cornell University)
"The Moral Hazard of Drones"
The New York Times

Michael P. Lynch (University of Connecticut)
"A Vote for Reason"
The New York Times

Jeff McMahan (University of Oxford)
"Why Gun 'Control' Is Not Enough"
The New York Times

Amy R. Allen (Pennsylvania State University)
"The 'Mommy Wars' Redux: A False Conflict"
The New York Times

Yuval Eylon (The Open University of Israel, Tel Aviv)
"Ignoring the Most Promising Option"
HAOKETS

2012

James Stacey Taylor (The College of New Jersey)
"Want to Save Lives? Allow Bone Marrow Donors to be Paid”
Los Angeles Times

David Kyle Johnson (King's College)
"Watson in Philosophical Jeopardy”
Psychology Today

José-Antonio Orosco (Oregon State University)
"Tuition Bill the Decent Option”
Corvallis Gazette-Times

Louise M. Antony (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
"Good Minus God”
New York Times

Todd Edwin Jones (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
"Budgetary Hemlock”
Boston Review

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