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Kittay and Silvers win first Lebowitz Prizes

Tuesday, May 28, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amy Ferrer
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Anita Silvers
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Eva Feder Kittay

Anita Silvers and Eva Feder Kittay are the inaugural honorees of the Martin R. Lebowitz and Eve Lewellis Lebowitz Prizes for Philosophical Achievement and Contribution.

Awarded by the Phi Beta Kappa Society in conjunction with the American Philosophical Association, the Lebowitz Prizes are made possible by a generous bequest from Eve Lewellis Lebowitz, honoring her late husband, Martin R. Lebowitz.

The Lebowitz Prizes offer significant, tangible recognition for excellence in philosophical thought. An honorarium of $10,000 will be awarded to each winner.

As part of the award, Silvers and Kittay will present their work highlighting contrasting viewpoints on the topic of justice for the disabled. Their symposium entitled "Expanding Justice, Including Disability” will take place at the American Philosophical Association’s Eastern Division meeting December 27-30 in Baltimore, MD.

Both of the honorees are celebrated philosophers and published authors in the field, and share a specialization in disability studies, which inspired their winning proposal. Silvers currently serves as a professor and chair of philosophy at San Francisco State University and Kittay is a distinguished professor at Stony Brook University. Silvers has also served as secretary-treasurer of the APA's Pacific Division and on June 30 concludes a three-year term as chair of the APA's committee on inclusiveness in the profession.

Michael Della Rocca of Yale University and Jonathan Schaffer of Rutgers University were recognized with an honorable mention by the selection committee for their proposal.

Eligibility for the prize is limited to members of the American Philosophical Association who are recommended by a fellow APA member. More information on the 2014 application process can be found at www.pbk.org or by emailing [email protected].


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