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The APA committee on public philosophy sponsors a contest for the best opinion-editorials published by philosophers. The goal is to honor up to five standout pieces that successfully blend philosophical argumentation with an op-ed writing style. Winning submissions will call public attention, either directly or indirectly, to the value of philosophical thinking. The pieces will be judged in terms of their success as examples of public philosophy, and should be accessible to the general public, focused on important topics of public concern, and characterized by sound reasoning.


Award Amount: $100 (total for each piece)

Frequency: Annual

Nomination Deadline: April 15, 2020

Eligibility and Criteria

Both nominators and nominees must be APA members. Submissions for the 2020 contest must have been published in 2019 in an op-ed section of a periodical and should be no more than 2,000 words. Blog entries are also eligible. 

Questions may be directed to


Only one entry per author or nominator is permitted. Self-nominations are welcome.

Only members may submit nominations; please sign in to access the nomination form.

To submit a nomination, fill out the nomination form.

Selection Process

A subset of the committee on public philosophy will evaluate the submissions. Winning authors will receive a $100 award and will be formally recognized at the annual prize reception at an APA divisional meeting.



Brendan de Kenessey (University of Toronto)
People are dying because we misunderstand how those with addiction think

Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin (Sam Houston State University)
The Mirror Test and the Problem of Understanding Other Minds
Psychology Today

Amia Srinivasan (St. John’s College, Oxford)
Does anyone have the right to sex?
London Review of Books

Bryan Van Norden (Vassar College)
The Ignorant Do Not Have a Right to an Audience
The Stone (The New York Times)

Karina Vold (University of Cambridge)
Are ‘you’ just inside your skin or is your smartphone part of you?
Aeon Magazine


John Corvino (Wayne State University)
Drawing a Line in the ‘Gay Wedding Cake’ Case
The Stone (The New York Times)

Erich Matthes (Wellesley College)
Palmyra's ruins can rebuild our relationship with history
Aeon Magazine

Ian Olasov (Graduate Center, CUNY)
When Is a Lie a Lie? Trump, Journalism, and Objectivity
Public Seminar

Danielle Wenner (Carnegie Mellon University) and Kevin Zollman (Carnegie Mellon University)
How to End International Tax Competition
The New York Times


Katalin Balog (Rutgers University–Newark)
‘Son of Saul,’ Kierkegaard and the Holocaust
The Stone (The New York Times)

Andrew Fiala (California State University, Fresno)
Without Faith in Humanity, Cynicism Grows and Democracy Becomes Mob-Rule
The Fresno Bee Newspaper

David V. Johnson (Stanford University)
A Democracy Deficit Plagues the U.S. and the European Union

Ian Olasov (Graduate Center, CUNY)
How Did ‘All Lives Matter’ Come to Oppose ‘Black Lives Matter’? A Philosopher of Language Weighs In

Michael Robillard (University of Oxford) and Bradley Strawser (U.S. Naval Postgraduate School)
Are Soldiers Morally Exploited?
Ethical War Blog (Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace)


Anat Biletzki (Quinnipiac University)
Making It Explicit in Israel
The Stone (The New York Times)

Ruth Chang (Rutgers University)
Resolving to Create a New You
Sunday Review (The New York Times)

Carrie Jenkins (University of British Columbia)
What's Love Got To Do With Sex Ed? Maybe Everything
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Bryan Van Norden (Vassar College)
Confucius on Gay Marriage
The Diplomat

George Yancy (Emory University)
Dear White America
The Stone (The New York Times)


Mariana Alessandri (University of Texas-Pan American)
“Companions in Misery”
The Stone (The New York Times)

Adam Hosein (University of Colorado Boulder)
“Prosecuting on Torture Isn't Politics, It's Human Rights”
Boston Review

Patrick Lin (California Polytechnic State University)
“The Robot Car of Tomorrow May Just Be Programmed to Hit You”

Kate Manne (Cornell University)
“In Ferguson and Beyond, Punishing Humanity”
The Stone (The New York Times)

Gordon Marino (St. Olaf College)
“A Life Beyond ‘Do What You Love’”
The Stone (The New York Times)


Dale Jamieson (New York University)
“The Right's New Climate Change Lie”

Todd May (Clemson University)
“The Weight of the Past”
The Stone

Jennifer Morton (City College of New York)
“Unequal Classrooms: What Online Education Cannot Teach”
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Kathryn Pogin (Northwestern University)
“Notre Dame Healthcare and 'Sincere Religious Belief'”
The Huffington Post

George Yancy (Duquesne University)
“Walking while Black in the White Gaze”
The Stone


John Kaag (University of Massachusetts Lowell) & Sarah Kreps (Cornell University)
"The Moral Hazard of Drones"
The New York Times

Michael P. Lynch (University of Connecticut)
"A Vote for Reason"
The New York Times

Jeff McMahan (University of Oxford)
"Why Gun 'Control' Is Not Enough"
The New York Times

Amy R. Allen (Pennsylvania State University)
"The 'Mommy Wars' Redux: A False Conflict"
The New York Times

Yuval Eylon (The Open University of Israel, Tel Aviv)
"Ignoring the Most Promising Option"


James Stacey Taylor (The College of New Jersey)
"Want to Save Lives? Allow Bone Marrow Donors to be Paid”
Los Angeles Times

David Kyle Johnson (King's College)
"Watson in Philosophical Jeopardy”
Psychology Today

José-Antonio Orosco (Oregon State University)
"Tuition Bill the Decent Option”
Corvallis Gazette-Times

Louise M. Antony (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
"Good Minus God”
New York Times

Todd Edwin Jones (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
"Budgetary Hemlock”
Boston Review

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