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Essay Prize in Latin American Thought
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The APA committee on Hispanics sponsors the annual Essay Prize in Latin American Thought, which is awarded to the author of the best unpublished, English-language, philosophical essay in Latin American thought. The purpose of this prize is to encourage fruitful work in Latin American thought. Eligible essays must contain original arguments and broach philosophical topics clearly related to the experiences of Hispanic Americans and Latino/as. The winning essay will be published in the APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy.


Frequency: Annual

Next Deadline: June 5, 2020

Prize: $500

Eligibility and Criteria

The author must be a member of the APA. The author cannot be a current or recent member of the committee on Hispanics. The author must accept publication in the APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy.


Length: Maximum 3,000 words (excluding notes and references). Word count required with submission.

In a single PDF file, please submit a cover letter with a brief biographical statement, an abstract of no more than 200 words, and the essay. The essay must be prepared for anonymous review.  

Only members may submit essays for this prize; please sign in to access the submission form.

To submit an essay, fill out the submission form.


The winning essay will be selected by members of the APA committee on Hispanics. Members of the subcommittee involved in selecting the winning essay must abstain from evaluating essays with contents bearing 10 percent or more on the work of those members.

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Noell Birondo (Wichita State University), "The Virtues of Mestizaje: Lessons from Las Casas on Aztec Human Sacrifice "


Julio Covarrubias (University of Washington), “Letting Go of Mestizaje: Settler Colonialism and Latin American/Latinx Philosophy”


Francisco Gallegos (Georgetown University), "Surviving Social Disintegration: Jorge Portilla on the Phenomenology of Zozobra "


L. Sebastian Purcell (SUNY Cortland), "Neltilitztli and the Good Life: On Aztec Ethics "


Lori Gallegos (Stony Brook University), "Skillful Coping and the Routine of Surviving: Isasi-Diaz on the Importance of Identity to Everyday Knowledge "


Philip Mack (Marquette University), "Should a Concept of Truth Be Attributed to Nahuatl Thought? Preserving 'the Colonial Difference' between Concepts of the West and Nahua Philosophy "


No prize awarded.


No prize awarded.


John Kaiser Ortiz (Bowling Green State University), "Octavio Paz and the Universal Problem of Mexican Solitude”


Jose Mendoza (University of Oregon), "The Political Philosophy of Undocumented Immigration"


Grant Silva (University of Oregon), "Towards a Latin American Political Philosophy of/for the United States: From Discovery of America to Immigrant Encounters"


Hugo Moreno (University of Western Ontario), "The Analogical Tradition of Hispanic Thought"


Roberto Toledo (SUNY Stony Brook), "The Authenticity of Indigenous Rebellion in Mexico: Luis Villoro's Critique of Leopoldo Zea's Nationalism."


Carlos A. Sanchez (San Jose State University), "The Phenomenology of Jorge Portilla: Relajo, Gelassenheit, and Liberation"


Gregory Pappas (Ohio State University), "The American Challenge: The Tension between the Values of the Anglo and the Hispanics"


Bernardo Cantens (Barry University), "Francisco De Vitoria's Just Intervention Theory and the Iraq War"

Manuel Vargas (California Institute of Technology), "Eurocentrism and the Philosophy of Liberation"


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