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L. Sebastian Purcell Wins the 2016 Essay Prize in Latin American Thought

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L. Sebastian Purcell Wins the 2016 Essay Prize in Latin American Thought


NEWARK, Del. — Aug. 15, 2016 — The American Philosophical Association is pleased to announce that Dr. L. Sebastian Purcell (SUNY Cortland) has been awarded the 2016 Essay Prize in Latin American Thought for his essay, "Neltilitztli and the Good Life: On Aztec Ethics."

The APA committee on Hispanics sponsors this annual prize, which includes a $500 monetary award, for the best unpublished, English-language, philosophical essay in Latin American thought. The winning essay will be published in an upcoming issue of the APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy.

Purcell completed his Ph.D. in philosophy at Boston College in 2011. He is currently an assistant professor of philosophy at SUNY Cortland. His research focuses on the areas of moral, political, and Latin American philosophy; the broad aim is to give an account of the entire ethical domain through a characterization of agents, motives, goods, history, social conditions, and their relations. Purcell is also the co-coordinator of the Latino and Latin American Studies program at SUNY Cortland.

The selection committee said, "This philosophically interesting paper is well-argued and well-researched. It is a provocative, insightful essay that broadens the field of Latin American philosophy to include critical comparison to ancient Greek (specifically Aristotelian) concepts, especially virtue and virtue ethics. This essay is quite exciting, as the general topic is fresh and promises to make a contribution to an area that is still in need of much scholarship in the U.S."

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