Philosophy Department Prizes

LINA KAHN PRIZE:

Established in 1965 by the family of the late Lina Kahn, who received a Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1916. This annual competition, which is open to graduate students only, awards $500 to the best paper in metaphysics.

JONATHAN LIEBERSON MEMORIAL PRIZE:

Established in 1990, this annual competition, which is open to graduate students in Philosophy only, awards $1000 to the best essay which shows the applicability of a moral or scientific theory - or both - to a social or historical issue.

DAVID H. SIFF PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE AWARD:

Derived from the fund established in memory of David H. Siff, this annual prize was first offered in 1962. This $500 prize is awarded annually to the best graduate or undergraduate paper that deals with philosophy of science.

Winners are announced in September of each year.

Philosophy Department Prize Winners for 2019:

LINA KAHN PRIZE: Awarded to Devin Morse for his essay, "More Cats than Dogs: Comparing Quantities in Steps Towards a Constructive Nominalism."

JONATHAN LIEBERSON MEMORIAL PRIZE:

This year the Jonathan Lieberson Memorial Prize resulted in a three-way tie. The prize is awarded to Sabina Vaccarino Bremner, Thimo Heisenberg, and Usha Nathan for their separate essays, respectively, "Kant on Autonomy as Self-Making," "Hegel on Mortality and the Social Order," and "Moral Emotions and Unnamed Wrongs."  

DAVID H. SIFF PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE AWARD:

This year the David H. Siff Award resulted in a tie. The prize is awarded to Sébastien Rivat for his essay, "Effective Theories and Infinite Idealizations: A Challenge for Scientific Realism", and to Andrew Richmond, for his essay, "Computational Externalism."