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Dominic McIver Lopes awarded the Quinn Prize in recognition of service

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Dominic McIver Lopes awarded the Quinn Prize in recognition of service

Dominic McIver LopesNEWARK, Del. — Dec. 13, 2018 — The American Philosophical Association is pleased to announce that the board of officers has selected Dr. Dominic McIver Lopes (University of British Columbia) as the recipient of the 2018 Philip L. Quinn Prize, the APA’s highest honor for service to the profession.

The prize memorializes Philip L. Quinn, a former president of the APA Central Division and former chair of the APA board of officers. This prize, which includes a prize check of $2,500 and an engraved plaque, is given annually by the APA board of officers in recognition of service to philosophy and philosophers, broadly construed.

Cheshire Calhoun, chair of the APA board of officers, said, “The youngest awardee of the Quinn Prize, Professor Dominic McIver Lopes has produced award-winning, cutting edge work in aesthetics, garnering two essay prizes, the American Society of Aesthetics outstanding monograph prize, many editorial board memberships, presidency of the American Society for Aesthetics, and currently, vice-presidency of the Canadian Philosophical Association. The Quinn Prize, however, is awarded to those whose impact extends beyond their superlative philosophical contributions. With the award of this prize, the board of officers expresses its deep appreciation, admiration, and gratitude to Professor Lopes for taking on some of the most challenging service work in the APA. His most visible role was as secretary-treasurer of the Pacific Division of the APA (2008–2016). He led with vision, wisdom, fairness, and calmness during crises. That time period coincided with a difficult transition period for the APA as a professional organization. During that transition, Professor Lopes worked unstintingly in less visible capacities serving on the executive director search committee and the committee that launched the Journal of the American Philosophical Association, and chairing both a national office IT operations subcommittee and a communications and publications taskforce. I am extremely pleased that the board of officers is able to honor and thank Professor Lopes for his devotion to bettering our shared professional lives.”

Dr. Lopes is Distinguished University Scholar and Professor in the department of philosophy at the University of British Columbia. A member of the UBC aesthetics group, he has worked on pictorial representation; the aesthetic and epistemic value of pictures, including scientific images; theories of art and its value; the ontology of art; computer art and new art forms; and aesthetic value. Lopes is vice president of the Canadian Philosophical Association, past president of the American Society for Aesthetics, a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Estetika, Cognitive Semiotics, and Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies. Working with Berys Gaut he co-edits Wiley-Blackwell’s New Directions in Aesthetics book series.

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Amy Ferrer
APA Executive Director


This release is also available as a Microsoft Word document. The photo of Lopes is available for use.

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