William James Prize
Division will award the William James Prize to the best paper in the
area of American Philosophy that is both (a) written by a philosopher
who received the Ph.D. after January 1, 2007, or is a graduate
student, and (b) accepted for inclusion in the Eastern Division
program by the Program Committee through the normal process of
blind-reviewing. Thanks to a generous gift from Professor and Mrs.
John Lachs, the James Prize carries with it an honorarium of $300.
For purposes of competition for the James Prize, American Philosophy
is to be construed broadly as including not only studies of the work
of significant thinkers in the history of American Philosophy but
also creative extensions or applications of the ideas, methods or
results of traditional American Philosophy to philosophical issues of
current interest or lasting importance.
A paper may be submitted for the
competition for the James Prize either as a colloquium paper or as a
symposium paper. Authors who are willing to have a shortened
version of a symposium paper considered as a colloquium paper should
submit the shortened version, along with a shortened abstract,
simultaneously with the submission of the symposium paper
Authors must comply with all rules, including those intended to
insure the integrity of the process of blind-reviewing, that govern
normal submissions to the Program Committee (see the APA Paper
Submission Guidelines and the Eastern Division Paper Submission
Information elsewhere in the Proceedings
or on the APA web
In addition, each submission for the competition for the James Prize
must be accompanied by a letter from its author both (a) stating
either the date on which the author's Ph.D. was granted if the author
has already received the Ph.D., or the fact that the author is a
graduate student if that is the case, and (b) expressing the author's
wish to have the paper considered for the James Prize.
The competition for the William James
Prize in 2012 will be judged by a subcommittee of the 2012 Program
Committee. Its members are Laurie Paul (Chair of the Program
Committee, serving ex officio
), Richard Bett
(Secretary-Treasurer of the Eastern Division, serving ex officio
and two other committee members.
In the event that no entrant marked
specifically for the William James Prize competition is accepted by
the Program Committee, the Program Committee will survey the Graduate
Student Travel Stipend recipients to see whether any of those papers
qualifies by topic for the James Prize. If one (or more) does so
qualify, it (or the best one) will receive the William James Prize
instead of a Graduate Student Travel Stipend. No paper may be
the William James Prize and
Student Travel Stipend.