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2020 Lebowitz Prize Awarded to Philosophers Callard and Paul

Monday, April 13, 2020   (1 Comments)
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2020 Lebowitz Prize Awarded to Philosophers Callard and Paul

The American Philosophical Association (APA), in conjunction with the Phi Beta Kappa Society (PBK), is pleased to announce that Dr. Agnes Callard (University of Chicago) and Dr. Laurie Paul (Yale University) have won the 2020 Dr. Martin R. Lebowitz and Eve Lewellis Lebowitz Prize for Philosophical Achievement and Contribution.

Each year, the award is presented to a pair of philosophers who hold contrasting views of an important philosophical question that is of current interest both to the field and to an educated public audience. The associated Lebowitz symposium is presented annually at an APA divisional meeting. To promote the discipline of philosophy to wider audiences, the Phi Beta Kappa Society also sponsors a public presentation featuring the prize winners. Both societies are grateful to Eve Lewellis Lebowitz for her generous bequest, honoring her late husband, Martin R. Lebowitz, and providing a significant, tangible recognition for excellence in philosophical thought. The dialogic character of the Lebowitz symposium and public presentation, supported by the Lebowitz bequest, emphasizes the historic work of philosophy as a process of inquiry.

From a pool of exceptional candidates, Drs. Callard and Paul secured the 2020 Lebowitz Prize with their topic “Personal Transformation and Practical Reason.” Dr. Paul states, “I’m deeply interested in how personal revolution relates to a fascinating new idea defended by Agnes Callard in her recent book, Aspiration. Callard argues that we can think of agents as aspiring to a certain type of self-change, in effect rejecting their current self in favor of a future self. In my paper, I’d question whether an aspirant can make this choice rationally and explore the way that this question interacts with personal epistemic versions of Kuhn-style incommensurability puzzles raised by an agent’s undergoing a transformative change.”

Dr. Callard will offer a response to Paul, “arguing both that proleptic rationality is less subject to self-deception that she has taken it to be, and that it is in fact possible to be rationally guided by a goal that is nonetheless somewhat obscure to oneself.”

Learn more about this prize by visiting the Dr. Martin R. Lebowitz and Eve Lewellis Lebowitz Prize page.


Krishna M. Pathak says...
Posted Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Heartiest congratulations to Dr. Callard and Dr. Paul for this great achievements! Many more to come..!

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