APA/PDC Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs: Corrupt the Youth Program
Barwise Prize:Margaret Boden, University of Sussex
Book Prize: Kate Manne (Cornell University), Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny
Danto/ASA Prize: Keren Gorodeisky and Eric Marcus (Auburn University)—Aesthetic Rationality
de Gruyter Kant Lecture: Patricia Kitcher (Columbia University)
- Eastern John Dewey Lecture: Gisela Striker (Harvard University)
- Central John Dewey Lecture: Richard Kraut (Northwestern University)
- Pacific John Dewey Lecture: Janet Levin (University of Southern California)
Essay Prize in Latin American Thought: Noell Birondo (Wichita State University), “The Virtues of Mestizaje: Lessons from Las Casas on Aztec Human Sacrifice”
Joseph B. Gittler Award: Robert Sugden (University of East Anglia), The Community of Advantage: A Behavioural Economist's Defence of the Market
Gregory Kavka/UC Irvine Prize in Political Philosophy: Massimo Renzo (King’s College London), “Political Authority and Unjust Wars”
Dr. Martin R. Lebowitz and Eve Lewellis Lebowitz Prize: Michael Bratman (Stanford University) and Margaret Gilbert (University of California, Irvine), “What Is It to Act Together?”
Public Philosophy Op-Ed Contest:
- Brendan de Kenessey (University of Toronto), “People Are Dying because We Misunderstand How Those with Addiction Think”
- Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin (Sam Houston State University), “The Mirror Test and the Problem of Understanding Other Minds”
- Amia Srinivasan (St. John’s College, Oxford), “Does Anyone Have the Right to Sex?”
- Bryan Van Norden (Vassar College), “The Ignorant Do Not Have a Right to an Audience”
- Karina Vold (University of Cambridge), “Are ‘You’ Just Inside Your Skin or Is Your Smartphone Part of You?”
Philip L. Quinn Prize:Geoffrey Sayre-McCord (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Patrick Romanell Lecture: Daniel Dennett (Tufts University), “Herding Cats and Free Will Inflation”
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Prize:
- William D’Alessandro (University of Illinois at Chicago), “Viewing-as Explanations and Ontic Dependence”
- Tyke Nunez (University of South Carolina), “Logical Mistakes, Logical Aliens, and the Laws of Kant’s Pure General Logic”
Sanders Book Prize: Douglas Edwards (Utica College), The Metaphysics of Truth
Sanders Graduate Student Awards:
- Maria Altepeter (Washington University in St. Louis), “The Focus of Virtue: Broadening Attention in Empirically Informed Accounts of Virtue Cultivation”
- Jesse D. Lopes (Boston University), “Cognitive Science and Phenomenology: Husserl's Computational Theory of Mind”
- Alexandra T. Romanyshyn (Saint Louis University), “Agency and the Self: Insights from Schizophrenia Research”
Sanders Lecture: David Chalmers (New York University), “Intentionality Australian-Style”
Frank Chapman Sharp Prize: Blake Hereth (University of Washington), “Animal Rights Pacifism”
Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching: Sandra Dwyer (Georgia State University), Claire Katz (Texas A&M University)
Corrupt the Youth Program
Corrupt the Youth is an innovative effort to take philosophy outside its traditional settings and into high schools with historically underserved populations. The program helps prepare students for college expectations through exposure to and engagement with philosophy and “empower[s] students to be advocates for themselves.” We are particularly excited to see that the program is in the process of expanding from Austin, TX to Los Angeles where CTY will work with the Youth Education Department of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and efforts are underway to establish chapters in Durham, NC and Boston, MA.
The APA/PDC Prize recognizes philosophy departments, research centers, institutes, societies, publishers, and other organizations for creating programs that risk undertaking new initiatives in philosophy, and do so with excellence and success.
Margaret Boden (University of Sussex)
Margaret A. Boden OBE ScD FBA is Research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Sussex, where she helped develop the world's first academic program in cognitive science. She holds degrees in medical sciences, philosophy, and psychology, and integrates these disciplines with AI in her research. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and scientific adviser to the Centre for the Future of Intelligence (University of Cambridge) and to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI.
The Barwise Prize is for significant and sustained contributions to areas relevant to philosophy and computing.
Kate Manne (Cornell University)
Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny
In Down Girl, Kate Manne calls attention to an underappreciated question in the literature: how should we understand misogyny? She advances a new account of it to make sense of some of the most fundamental issues in feminist thought and political philosophy. Despite the ambitious nature of her project, the end result is a powerful view that nevertheless seems like common sense. Manne has succeeded in measurably improving the quality of public discourse on very timely and vexed issues by writing a book that is both accessible and rigorous.
Kate Manne is associate professor of the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University, where she has been teaching since 2013. Before that, she was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows from 2011 to 2013. She did her graduate work in philosophy at MIT from 2006 to 2011, with the generous support of a General Sir John Monash scholarship. She spent her time as an undergraduate at the University of Melbourne (my hometown), where she studied philosophy, logic, and computer science.
The Book Prize is awarded in odd years for the best, published book that was written by a younger scholar during the previous two years. The Book and Article Prizes replace the former Matchette Foundation Book Prize.
Honorable mention: Sarah Moss (University of Michigan)
Keren Gorodeisky and Eric Marcus (Auburn University)
Honorable mention: A. W. Eaton (University of Illinois at Chicago)
"'A Lady on the Street but a Freak in the Bed': On the Distinction Between Erotic Art and Pornography"
The APA and the American Society for Aesthetics are pleased to announce that Professors Keren Gorodeisky and Eric Marcus (Auburn University) have been selected as the winners of the second Arthur Danto/American Society for Aesthetics Prize for their paper “Aesthetic Rationality.” The selection committee also awarded Honorable Mention for A.W. Eaton’s article, “‘A Lady on the Street but a Freak in the Bed’: On the Distinction Between Erotic Art and Pornography.”
Keren Gorodeisky earned her PhD at Boston University, and is currently Professor of Philosophy at Auburn University. She works on aesthetics, Kant, pleasure, value and rationality, and is nearing completion on a book about the significance of Kant’s notion of aesthetic judgment.
Eric Marcus holds a PhD from the University in Pittsburgh and is now Professor of Philosophy at Auburn University. works chiefly in the philosophy of mind and action, but also has active research interests in epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics and the philosophy of language. He is currently working on a second book, tentatively entitled Belief, Inference and the Self-Conscious Mind. Gorodeisky and Marcus will receive their award at the 2020 Eastern Division meeting in Philadelphia, PA.
The Danto/ASA Prize, in the amount of $1,000, is awarded to a member of the APA and the ASA for the best paper in the field of aesthetics, broadly understood. In addition, a symposium in honor of the recipient of the prize is held at the APA Eastern Division meeting, normally the next such meeting following the selection of the prizewinner. This prize is in honor of the late Arthur Danto, a past president of the APA Eastern Division.
Patricia Kitcher (Columbia University)
“Kant’s Ordinary Moral Agent”
Professor Kitcher will give the de Gruyter Kant Lecture at the 2020 Eastern Division meeting in Philadelphia, PA.
Patricia Kitcher earned her PhD from Princeton and she is the Roberta and William Campbell Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. Her areas of specialization are Kant, philosophy of psychology, and Freud. Before coming to Columbia, Kitcher taught at the University of Vermont, the University of Minnesota, and the University of California, San Diego. In 2007–2008, she was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. Although she has worked in both philosophy of psychology and Kant, in recent years, her work has focused on the cognitive psychology of the Critique of Pure Reason.
de Gruyter has a long history of publishing Kant scholarship and embraces philosophical work in the Kantian tradition in the broadest sense. To promote and foster the Kantian legacy, de Gruyter has made a grant to the American Philosophical Association to organize an annual de Gruyter Kant Lecture Series. De Gruyter explicitly intends the de Gruyter Kant Lecture Series to be open to a broad approach to Kantian philosophy across the philosophical disciplines. This may also include contemporary philosophical work in the Kantian tradition. The de Gruyter Kant Lecture Series is offered every year at a divisional meeting on a rotating basis, and the lectures are published in the Proceedings and Addresses.
The John Dewey Lectures, in memory of John Dewey, were established in 2006 by the John Dewey Foundation and the APA. They are three annual lectures, one at each divisional meeting of the APA (Eastern, Central, and Pacific), given by a prominent and senior (typically retired) philosopher associated with that Division, who is invited to reflect broadly and in an autobiographical spirit on philosophy in America as seen from the perspective of a personal intellectual journey.
Eastern Division: Gisela Striker (Harvard University)
Gisela Striker is Walter C. Klein Professor of Philosophy and of the Classics, Emerita at Harvard University. Her career also includes appointments at University of Göttingen, Columbia University, and Cambridge. Striker specializes in ancient philosophy, teaching Plato and Aristotle, as well as earlier and later Greek and Roman authors.
Central Division: Richard Kraut (Northwestern University)
Richard Kraut is Charles and Emma Morrison Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University. His interests include contemporary moral and political philosophy, as well as the ethics and political thought of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. He served as President of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association in 1993-94 and Vice-Chair of the Board of Officers of the American Philosophical Association from 2002 to 2004.
Pacific: Janet Levin (USC Dornsife)
Janet Levin is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California Dornsife. Her research interests are dedicated to the study of epistemology, philosophy of the mind, and philosophy of psychology. She is currently member at large on the Executive Committee of the Pacific Division of the APA.
Noell Birondo (Wichita State University)
“The Virtues of Mestizaje”
In “The Virtues of Mestizaje” Noell Birondo defends a dialogical Aristotelianism by using the defense of Aztec sacrifice by Bartolomé de Las Casas. This essay offers an interpretation of Las Casas's arguments and persuasively makes the case that they involve a model of Aristotelianism that is engaged with the perspectives of the Aztecs.
Noell Birondo completed his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame and his B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Wichita State University. His book project examines the role of the Americas in the development of Aristotelian ethics and why any plausible Aristotelian ethics must strain to embody epistemic justice. In spring semester 2020 he will be a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Philosophical Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico. He is coeditor of Virtue’s Reasons: New Essays on Virtue, Character, and Reasons, and his papers include “Aristotle and the Virtues of Will Power” and “Virtue and Prejudice: Giving and Taking Reasons.”
The Essay Prize in Latin American Thought is awarded to the author of the best unpublished, English-language, philosophical essay in Latin American thought. Eligible essays must contain original arguments and broach philosophical topics clearly related to the experiences of Hispanic Americans and Latino/as. The winning essay will be published in the APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy.
Robert Sugden (University of East Anglia)
The Community of Advantage: A Behavioural Economist's Defence of the Market
Robert Sugden (University of East Anglia) has been awarded the 2019 Joseph B. Gittler Award for his book, The Community of Advantage: A Behavioural Economist's Defence of the Market. The annual Joseph B. Gittler Award, which includes a $4,000 monetary prize, is given for an outstanding scholarly contribution in the field of the philosophy of one or more of the social sciences. For more information on this award, visit the Joseph B. Gittler Award page.
The selection committee said, “Robert Sugden's book is a significant and powerful defense of a theory of the foundations of economics, which attempts to derive fundamental axioms and theorems of welfare economics from a contractarian approach in which the criterion of individual interest is not the satisfaction of preferences but rather opportunity. The result is a defense of a regulated and psychologically/socially stable market economy (as opposed to a planned economy). Sugden offers an argument for what is mistaken about neoclassical economics and its problematic reliance on a preference-satisfaction criterion of individual interest.”
Robert Sugden was trained as an economist but works at the interface of economics and philosophy. His research uses a combination of theoretical, experimental, and philosophical methods to investigate issues in welfare economics, the foundations of decision and game theory, choice under uncertainty, the methodology of economics, and the evolution of social conventions. He currently holds a European Research Council Advanced Grant for a research project, “Reconstructing normative economics on a foundation of mutual advantage.”
Massimo Renzo (King's College London)
"Political Authority and Unjust Wars"
Massimo Renzo is Professor of Politics, Philosophy & Law at King’s. He is also one of the editors of the journal Criminal Law & Philosophy. He works primarily in legal and political philosophy. His main research interests are in the problems of political authority, international justice and the philosophical foundations of the criminal law.
The Gregory Kavka/UCI Prize in Political Philosophy is awarded every other year in even years to the author of a paper in a refereed journal, an original book chapter or an original essay published in a collection with a multiplicity of contributors, from any area of political philosophy and political theory.
Honorable mention: Patrick Tomlin (The University of Warwick)
"On Limited Aggregation"
Michael Bratman (Stanford University) and Margaret Gilbert (University of California, Irvine)
“What Is It to Act Together?”
The American Philosophical Association (APA) and the Phi Beta Kappa Society (PBK) are pleased to announce that Dr. Michael E. Bratman (ΦBK, Haverford), the U.G. and Abbie Birch Durfee Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, and Dr. Margaret P. Gilbert, the Abraham I. Melden Chair in Moral Philosophy and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine, have won the 2019 Dr. Martin R. Lebowitz and Eve Lewellis Lebowitz Prize for Philosophical Achievement and Contribution. Awarded annually by ΦBK in conjunction with the APA, this prize recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of philosophy.
Michael E. Bratman, Ph.D., received his undergraduate degree from Haverford College where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. A professor at Stanford since 1974, Bratman studies the philosophy of action, with a focus on issues of social agency and practical rationality. He is the author of multiple books on aspects of intention and agency, and of a joint paper (with David Israel and Martha Pollock), “Plans and Resource-Bounded Practical Reasoning,” which was recognized for its contributions to the field of artificial intelligence as the recipient of the 2008 International Foundation of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems influential paper award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he has served the APA as both president of the Pacific Division and chair of the board of officers. In 2014 he received the APA’s Philip L. Quinn Prize “in recognition of service to philosophy and philosophers, broadly construed.”
Margaret P. Gilbert, Ph.D., studied in the United Kingdom, receiving her undergraduate degree from Cambridge University and her doctorate from Oxford. Her research interests span diverse topics in social, political, and moral philosophy, rights theory, and philosophy of law. In multiple books, she has explored the philosophy of social phenomena, political obligation, and rights. A professor at the University of California, Irvine, since 2006, she has previously served as a professor and visiting researcher at universities in the United States, Europe, and Scandinavia and she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Gilbert served on the advisory committee to the program committee for the APA Eastern Division meeting from 1993–1996 and again from 2008–2011. Her work has been featured in numerous conferences and special conference sessions over the past three decades.
The Dr. Martin R. Lebowitz and Eve Lewellis Lebowitz Prize is a high honor for philosophical achievement and contribution. Each year at the Lebowitz Prize symposium at an APA divisional meeting, the two prize winners present lectures offering contrasting views on an important philosophical issue of current interest.
Brendan de Kenessey (University of Toronto)
“People are dying because we misunderstand how those with addiction think”
Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin (Sam Houston State University)
“The Mirror Test and the Problem of Understanding Other Minds”
Amia Srinivasan (St. John’s College, Oxford)
“Does anyone have the right to sex?”
Bryan Van Norden (Vassar College)
“The Ignorant Do Not Have a Right to an Audience”
Karina Vold (University of Cambridge)
“Are ‘you’ just inside your skin or is your smartphone part of you?”
The APA committee on public philosophy sponsors a contest for the best opinion-editorials published by philosophers. The goal is to honor up to 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.
Geoffrey Sayre-McCord (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Chair of the APA board of officers, Cheshire Calhoun, said, "In addition to being a superb moral philosopher, Geoff Sayre-McCord has devoted his career to enabling others to thrive through his exemplary teaching and service work for his university, the APA, a large number of philosophy journals, other philosophy departments, and for the public. Most notable is his extraordinary work in helping to develop a variety of outreach programs that serve primary and secondary school students, youth offenders, and retirement communities. It is a pleasure to be able to honor Geoff for all the ways that he has improved the lives of philosophers and brought the rewards of philosophy to children and adults outside of the academy."
Geoffrey Sayre-McCord is the Morehead-Cain Alumni Distinguished Professor at UNC Chapel Hill and the director of the UNC Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program. He has published extensively on moral theory, epistemology, and modern philosophy, and has edited Essays on Moral Realism, Hume: Moral Philosophy, and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (with Jonathan Anomaly, Geoff Brennan, and Michael Munger). Sayre-McCord’s recent research project has focused on the nature of normative concepts. Sayre-McCord is also the Founding Director of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Society, an international scholarly society for those interested in the issues that arise at the intersection of the three disciplines in the Society’s name. Sayre-McCord was a Professorial Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh from 2013 until 2016 and is now a Regular Distinguished Visiting Professor there. He was on leave for the 2015–16 academic year at the Center for Human Values at Princeton University, where he was the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching.
The Quinn Prize is awarded in honor of Philip L. Quinn, in recognition of service to philosophy and philosophers, broadly construed. Any member or living former member of the APA is eligible to receive this prize.
Patrick Romanell Lecture (2020)
Daniel Dennett (Tufts University)
“Herding Cats and Free Will Inflation”
Professor Dennett will give the Patrick Romanell Lecture at the 2020 Central Division meeting in Chicago, IL.
Daniel Dennett is the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University, and he is the co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies. He received his B.A. in philosophy from Harvard in 1963. He then went to Oxford to work with Gilbert Ryle, under whose supervision he completed the D.Phil. in philosophy in 1965. He taught at U.C. Irvine from 1965 to 1971, when he moved to Tufts, where he has taught ever since, aside from periods visiting at Harvard, Pittsburgh, Oxford, the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, the London School of Economics and the American University of Beirut. He is currently a member of the external faculty of the Santa Fe Institute and New College of the Humanities in London.
The annual Patrick Romanell Lecture on philosophical naturalism was established in 1981. It was generously endowed by Dr. Patrick Romanell, who died in 2002. The Patrick Romanell Lecture is presented annually at a divisional meeting of the APA on the topic of philosophical naturalism.
“Viewing-as Explanations and Ontic Dependence”
“Logical Mistakes, Logical Aliens, and the Laws of Kant’s Pure General Logic”
From the selection committee:
William D’Alessandro’s article “Viewing-as Explanations and Ontic Dependence” argues against current orthodoxy according to which all explanations imply an ontic dependence between explanandum and explanans. D’Alessandro argues with great sophistication that there is a different kind of explanation which lacks this kind of ontic implication: viewing-as explanation. Paradigm cases of such explanations are genuine mathematical explanations. D’Alessandro thus also makes an important contribution to the recent debate on whether there are genuinely mathematical explanations. He supports his argument with excellent detailed discussions of cases and examples. Overall, this article makes an excellent, original and important contribution to the philosophy of science.
Tyke Nunez’ article “Logical Mistakes, Logical Aliens, and the Laws of Kant’s Pure General Logic” is a contribution to two usually relatively disconnected fields: the history of modern philosophy (Kant) and the philosophy of logic. The systematic question the article tackles is whether logical laws should be understood as normative for thought or as constitutive of thought. The author argues with great ingenuity that there is an important distinction to be drawn between the ability of understanding and the product of its exercise and shows very convincingly that the above dichotomy should be rejected in favor of a “middle way” based on that distinction. Nunez also offers substantial support for the claim that Kant agrees with this view. Overall, this article makes an important and original contribution both to the history of modern philosophy and the philosophy of logic.
William D’Alessandro was an adjunct Instructor (in the School of Public Health) and Lecturer (in the Philosophy Department) at the University of Illinois at Chicago during the 2018–2019 academic year.
Tyke Nunez was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Leipzig. He is currently an instructor at the University of South Carolina.
The Routledge, Taylor & Francis Prize, funded by the Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, was established in 2013 to recognize the scholarly work of adjunct professors. The prize is awarded for the two best, published articles in philosophy written by adjunct professors.
Douglas Edwards (Utica College)
The Metaphysics of Truth
Edwards develops his own version of truth pluralism, making contributions along the way to discussions of differences in the role of predicates and the connection with ontological pluralism. The book is philosophically nuanced, rigorous and systematic in its treatment. It also stood out as interesting to a broad range of philosophical topics and discussions.
Douglas Edwards works primarily on issues in metaphysics and the philosophy of language, with particular focus on truth. He is the author of The Metaphysics of Truth (Oxford University Press, 2018), Properties (Polity Press, 2014), and the editor of Truth: A Contemporary Reader (Bloomsbury Press, 2019). He also recently completed a book on philosophy and pro wrestling, called Philosophy Smackdown, which will be published by Polity Press in 2020. He has published numerous articles in leading philosophy journals, including The Journal of Philosophy, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Analysis, and Synthese. He is also an Associate Editor of the journal Analysis. He received his PhD from the University of St Andrews, and prior to coming to Utica College held positions at University College Dublin, the University of Aberdeen, and Hamilton College.
The Sanders Book Prize is awarded to the best book in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, or epistemology that engages the analytic tradition published in English in the previous five-year period. This prize is funded through the generosity of the Marc Sanders Foundation.
Honorable mention: Carrie Figdor (University of Iowa)
Pieces of Mind
Honorable mention: Susanna Schellenberg (Rutgers University)
The Unity of Perception
Maria Altepeter (Washington University in St. Louis)
“The Focus of Virtue: Broadening Attention in Empirically Informed Accounts of Virtue Cultivation”
Jesse D. Lopes (Boston University)
“Cognitive Science and Phenomenology: Husserl's Computational Theory of Mind”
Alexandra T. Romanyshyn (Saint Louis University)
“Agency and the Self: Insights from Schizophrenia Research”
The annual Sanders Graduate Student Awards are three prizes awarded to each of the three best papers in mind, metaphysics, epistemology, or ethics submitted for the annual APA Eastern Division meeting by graduate students, as chosen by the Eastern Division program committee. This prize is funded through the generosity of the Marc Sanders Foundation. Altepeter, Lopes, and Romanyshyn will each be awarded $1,000, in addition to the stipend independently awarded to qualifying graduate students by the APA. The awards will be presented at the 2020 Eastern Division meeting’s annual prize reception in Philadelphia, PA.
David Chalmers (New York University)
Professor Chalmers will give the Sanders Lecture at the 2020 Pacific Division meeting in San Francisco, CA.
David Chalmers is University Professor of Philosophy and Neural Science, and Co-Director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness at New York University. He is also Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University. He studied mathematics as an undergraduate, then did his Ph.D. in philosophy and cognitive science at Indiana University, working in Douglas Hofstadter’s artificial intelligence research group. He is best known for his work on consciousness, including his formulation of the "hard problem" of consciousness. Also well-known is his work on "the extended mind," the idea that the technology we use (e.g. smartphones and the internet) can literally become part of our minds. His work on language, metaphysics, computation, and artificial intelligence has also attracted much interest. He is co-founder and past president of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, and is co-director of the PhilPapers Foundation. He has published three books: The Conscious Mind, The Character of Consciousness, and Constructing the World.
The Sanders Lecture is presented annually at a divisional meeting of the APA on a topic in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, or epistemology that engages the analytic tradition. This prize is funded through the generosity of the Marc Sanders Foundation.
Blake Hereth (University of Washington)
The American Philosophical Association is pleased to announce that Blake Hereth (University of Washington) has been awarded the 2019 Frank Chapman Sharp Memorial Prize for zirs paper, “Animal Rights Pacifism.”
The Frank Chapman Sharp Memorial Prize, in the amount of $1,500, is awarded biennially to the best unpublished essay or monograph on the philosophy of war and peace. This prize honors Frank Chapman Sharp, who was president of the Western Division of the APA in 1907–1908.
The chair of the selection committee, Endre Begby (Simon Fraser University), had the following to say about Hereth’s paper, “A wide range of nonhuman animals have substantive moral rights, including a right not to be subjected to unwarranted harms. This seems to entail that bystanders are under a moral obligation to engage in potentially lethal defensive action on behalf of these animals against people, such as medical researchers, zookeepers, and many others, who violate animal rights on a regular basis. ‘Animal Rights Pacifism’ shows how we can acknowledge the rights of nonhuman animals without giving rise to this problematic implication.”
Blake Hereth is a doctoral candidate in the philosophy department at the University of Washington. Ze holds master’s degrees in philosophy from both the University of Arkansas and the University of Washington. Zirs fields of interest include animal rights, applied ethics, ethics, philosophy of law, queer studies, philosophy of religion, ethics of self-defense, and ethics of war. Hereth was also a member of the APA’s inaugural graduate student council (GSC) and just completed zirs term as chair of the GSC.
Sandra Dwyer (Georgia State University) and Claire Katz (Texas A&M University)
specializes in the philosophy of Hannah Arendt; critical thinking; and business ethics. She is a faculty member of the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics, as well as of the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Dwyer coordinates graduate student teachers for the department of philosophy, is co-author with George Rainbolt of Critical Thinking: The Art of Argument
(Wadsworth/Cengage, 2012; 2d edition, 2014), and author of Thinking Ethically in Business
(Humanities Insights ebook, 2009). She looks forward to getting back to her work on the philosophy of Hannah Arendt. Photo credit: Meg Buscema, Georgia State University
Claire Katz is the Associate Dean of Faculties, the Murray and Celeste Fasken Chair in Distinguished Teaching in the Liberal Arts, and a Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. She teaches courses and conducts research on contemporary continental philosophy, philosophy of education, ethics, philosophy of religion, feminist theory, and modern Jewish thought. Her work focuses on the intersection of philosophy and religion, with specific interests in contemporary French philosophy and French feminist theory. She is the author of Levinas, Judaism, and the Feminine: The Silent Footsteps of Rebecca (Indiana 2003) and the editor of Emmanuel Levinas: Critical Assessments vol. 1-4 (Routledge, 2005). She regularly teaches courses in Gender and Religion and Feminist theory and she has written extensively on feminist theory, philosophy of religion, philosophy of education, and Emmanuel Levinas’s ethical project. Photo credit: Texas A&M
The Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching, sponsored by the American Philosophical Association (APA), the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT), and the Teaching Philosophy Association (TPA), recognizes a philosophy teacher who has had a profound impact on the student learning of philosophy in undergraduate and/or pre-college settings.