Graduate essay prize

Department of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy invites students registered in a graduate program in this department to participate in its annualĀ Department of Philosophy Graduate Student Essay Prize Competition. The winner (or winners) will receive an award of up to $2,500. To receive the award, students must be in program and FGS eligibility requirements must be met. The winning essay or essays will be published on the Philosophy Department website.

Essays on any topic in philosophy are welcome. Essays should have a maximum length of 13 double-spaced typed pages inclusive of bibliography, footnotes, and endnotes, if any. Please use a 12 point font and standard margins. Assessment criteria include originality and quality of argumentation and writing. Essays will be judged by the Graduate Committee, so submissions should be made accessible to a general philosophical audience.

Essays should be submitted to the Philosophy Graduate Office no later thanĀ March 1.

Recipients


2019 Soohyun Ahn (PhD)

How Non-Epistemic Values Can Be Epistemically Beneficial in Scientific Classification

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2018 Celso Alves Neto (PhD)

What is a Lineage?

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2017 Zahra Ahmadianhosseini (MA)

Empty Names and Two-Valued Positive Free Logic

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2016 Samara Burns (MA)

Analyticity and Logicality in Semantic Constraints

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2016 Alison McConwell (PhD)

Contingency and Individuality: A Plurality of Evolutionary Individuality Types

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2015 Ryan Hebert (PhD)

Epistemic Norms, Criticizability, and Impropriety

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2014 Aaron Thomas-Bolduc (PhD)

Cantor, God, and Inconsistent Multiplicities

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2013 Ryan Hebert (PhD)

Deontic Theory by Hierarchical Unification

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2011 Tess Murphy (MA)

Blameworthiness, Wrongness, and Luck

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2010 Makmiller Pedroso (PhD)

Essentialism, History, and Biological Taxa

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2009 Julianne Chung (MA)

The Assumptions Account of Knowledge Attributions

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