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Anita Silvers and Eva Kittay Awarded Inaugural Lebowitz Prizes in Philosophy

Tuesday, May 28, 2013   (0 Comments)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 28, 2013


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Anita Silvers
(Photo by Emily Lobsinger)
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.

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 or by emailing

About the Phi Beta Kappa Society

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society. It has chapters at 283 institutions and more than half a million members throughout the country. Its mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression. Among its programs are academic and literary awards, lectureships, a fellowship, a professorship, and publication of The American Scholar, an award-winning quarterly magazine.

About the American Philosophical Association

The American Philosophical Association was founded in 1900 to promote the exchange of ideas among philosophers, to encourage creative and scholarly activity in philosophy, to facilitate the professional work and teaching of philosophers, and to represent philosophy as a discipline.Having grown from a few hundred members to over 10,000, the American Philosophical Association is one of the largest philosophical societies in the world and the only American philosophical society not devoted to a particular school or philosophical approach.For more information, visit

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