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Rockefeller Prize
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This prize began as a five-year series of annual awards funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation (1984-1988). In 1993, the Rockefeller Foundation gave its approval for the revival of this prize, which is awarded for the best unpublished article-length work in philosophy by a non-academically affiliated philosopher. The winner's work will be published in the Journal of Value Inquiry, by mutual agreement of the author and the editors of the journal.

Frequency: Every other year in even years

Award Amount: $1,000

Last Award: 2014

Next Award: 2016

Next deadline: November 1, 2015

Submissions Procedures

The APA invites members who have no permanent academic affiliation to participate in this competition for the best unpublished paper-length work in philosophy. To qualify, one may in fact be teaching at a university in a part-time or a full-time temporary position as long as one also meets the following requirements:

  • Authors must not hold a full-time position at an institution of higher education that continues beyond the end of the current academic year, nor may they have held such a position within the last three years.
  • The author must hold a Ph.D. in philosophy or its equivalent at the time of submission.
  • The author must be a current member of the APA in good standing.
  • Current graduate students and professors emeriti are not eligible. Previous winners of this prize are not eligible.

Submissions must be unpublished at the time of submission,* with all references that would identify the author removed. Submissions must be no more than 40 double-spaced pages in length (including notes). Submit the work to be considered, together with your current CV.

*The manuscript may be under review at a journal, or may be sent out for review after submission.

Questions may be directed to prizes@apaonline.org.

All material must be submitted as a single PDF file.

Only members may submit for this prize; please sign in to access the submission form.

Fill out the submission form.

Selection Process

The winning entry is selected by a committee appointed by the chair of the APA's committee on lectures, publications, and research, in consultation with LPR committee members.

Reviewing will be blind. The prize amount is $1,000. Co-authors of a winning submission, or authors of winning submissions judged to be equal in merit, will share equally in the prize. The prize will be announced in the Proceedings and Addresses, and it is expected (but not required) that the winning submission will be published in the Journal of Value Inquiry.

Previous Awardees

2014

Greg Damico, "Sameness in Being Is Sameness in Species Or: Was an Aristotelian Philosophy of Identity Ever Credible?"

Vaughn Baltzly, "Four Strikes for Pluralist Liberalism (And Two Cheers for Classical Liberalism)"

2012

David Schwarz, Using Ordinary Proper Names

Honorable Mention: H.G. Callaway, Semantic Contextualism and Scientific Pluralism

2010

Kristoffer Ahlstrom, What Descartes Didn't Know

2008

Glen Hoffmann, Truth, Superassertability, and Conceivability

2006

Jessica Wiskus, Depth-Light-Being: Mythical Time and the Musical Idea through Merleau- Ponty

2004

Brian Ribeiro, Skeptical Parasitism and the Continuity Argument

2002

Matthew McCormick, Another Look at Kant's Subjective Deduction

A. Minh Nguyen, Davidson on First-Person Authority

2000

No award given

1998

Roger Wertheimer, Quotational Synonymy

1996

Vernon Sarver Jr., Kant's 'Social Contract' and the Death Penalty

1995

John Pepple, A Lost Fragment of Empedocles

1994

Arnold Chien, The Concept of Speaker's Meaning

1988

Ronald Hoeflin, Theories of Truth: A Comprehensive Synthesis

1987

Richard Brockhaus, Realism and Psychologism in 19th Century Logic

1986

Quentin Smith, Problems with the New Tenseless Theory of Time

1985

Peter M. Brown, Tarski, Truth and Realism

1985

W.J. Talbot, Benefit Spreading Agreements and Justice

1984

Quentin Smith, The Infinite Regress of Temporal Attributions

1984

James McCall, "Kant's Later Physics and Shroedinger's Wave Mechanics: Towards an Ontology of Inorganic Nature"

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