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D'Alessandro, Phillips, and Rimell win the 2016 Sanders Graduate Student Awards

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D'Alessandro, Phillips, and Rimell win the 2016 Sanders Graduate Student Awards


NEWARK, Del. — Oct. 31, 2016 — The APA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Sanders Graduate Student Awards:

  • William D'Alessandro (University of Illinois at Chicago), for "Grounding, Dependence, and Mathematical Explanation"

  • John Phillips (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), for "Doxastic Options and the Viability of Epistemic Utility Theory"

  • Nicholas Rimell (University of Virginia) for "Sex, Deception, and Will"

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.

D’Alessandro, Phillips, and Rimell will each be awarded $1,000, in addition to the travel funds independently advanced to graduate students by the APA. The awards will be presented at the 2017 Eastern Division meeting’s annual prize reception in Baltimore, MD.

D’Alessandro received his B.A. in philosophy from Canisius College (Buffalo) and is now a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His areas of interest are philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of science, metaphysics and epistemology, and philosophy of fiction.

Phillips is a fourth-year graduate student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His area of specialization is epistemology.

Rimell is a graduate student at the University of Virginia. His areas of interest are metaphysics and philosophy of mind.

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Executive Director


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