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Gregory Kavka/University of California, Irvine Prize in Political Philosophy
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The Gregory Kavka/UCI Prize in Political Philosophy is awarded every other year in odd years to the author of a paper in a refereed journal, an original book chapter or an original essay published in a collection with a multiplicity of contributors, from any area of political philosophy and political theory.
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The winner receives $1,000. In addition, a symposium in honor of the recipient of the Kavka/UCI Prize is held at the APA Pacific Division meeting in the year of the award, to include panelists commenting upon the ideas of the selected paper, followed by a response from the award winner.

Frequency: Every other year in even years

Award Amount: $1,000 plus a symposium at the Pacific Division meeting

Next Award: 2022 for publications between January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2020

Next Deadline: May 31, 2021

Eligibility and Criteria

The author must be a member of the APA.

The Kavka/UCI Prize is awarded for the best paper in a refereed journal, or an original book chapter or original essay published in a collection with a multiplicity of contributors, in the field of political philosophy, broadly understood. Papers from any area of political philosophy and political theory are welcome, including, but not limited to, the history of political philosophy, rational choice theory with implications drawn for political philosophy, and moral theory/applied ethics in which direct links are made to political philosophy or public policy.

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Nominations of papers for the Kavka/UCI Prize are encouraged from journal editors, authors, and colleagues. 

To submit a nomination, fill out the nomination form.



Massimo Renzo (King's College London), “Political Authority and Unjust Wars


Johann Frick (Princeton University), "Contractualism and Social Risk"


Carol Hay (University of Massachusetts at Lowell), "The Obligation to Resist Oppression"


Thomas Pogge (Yale University), "Are We Violating the Human Rights of the World's Poor?"


Christopher H. Wellman (Washington University), "Immigration and Freedom of Association"


Gerald Gaus (University of Arizona), "On Justifying the Moral Rights of the Moderns: a Case of Old Wine in New Bottles"


Loren Lomasky (Bowling Green State University) and Geoffrey Brennan (Australian National University), "Is There a Duty to Vote?"


Scott Shapiro (Benjamin Cordozo School of Law), "On Hart's Way Out"

Mariam Thalos (SUNY Buffalo), "Degrees of Freedom in the Social World"


Elijah Millgram (Vanderbilt University), "Incommensurability and Practical Reasoning"

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