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Arthur Danto/American Society for Aesthetics Prize
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The Arthur Danto/American Society for Aesthetics Prize will be awarded to a member of the APA and the ASA for the best paper in the field of aesthetics, broadly understood, in a refereed journal, or an original book chapter or original essay published in a collection with a multiplicity of contributors. This prize is in honor of the late Arthur Danto, a past president of the APA Eastern Division.   Arthur Danto
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The winner receives a $1,000 prize. In addition, a symposium in honor of the recipient of the prize is held at the APA Eastern Division meeting, normally the next such meeting following the selection of the prize winner. The symposium will normally include a summary of the selected paper by the award winner, followed by panelists commenting upon the ideas of the selected paper, then followed by a response from the award winner. The winner will be presented with the award check at the annual prize reception at the Eastern Division meeting.

Frequency: Every other year in even years

Next Award: 2022

Next Deadline: May 31, 2021

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees must be members of both the APA and the ASA in the year of the nomination. Any individual may win the prize only once. Currently serving members of the selection committee are not eligible for the prize.

Selection Process

Consistent with APA approval, the ASA president will appoint one representative to participate in the selection of the prize. The selection committee will be chaired by a member of the committee on lectures, publications, and research, preferably a person with expertise in aesthetics, broadly understood; its remaining members will be APA members with expertise in aesthetics, broadly understood.


For the 2022 award, nominations of papers published in 2019 and 2020 are encouraged from journal editors and colleagues. Nominations must be from a person who is a member of both the APA and the ASA at the time of nomination. Each such person may nominate only one paper per year. Self-nominations are not permitted. The nominated material should be submitted electronically as a PDF replicating the original publication. Eligibility is governed by the volume year of the journal, regardless of the date on which the issue containing the nominated article actually appeared in print.

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To submit a nomination, fill out the nomination form.



Keren Gorodeisky and Eric Marcus (Auburn University), "Aesthetic Rationality"

Honorable Mention: A.W. Eaton (University of Illinois at Chicago), "'A Lady on the Street but a Freak in the Bed': On the Distinction Between Erotic Art and Pornography"


Kenneth Walden (Dartmouth College), "Art and Moral Revolution"

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