Prizes

Columbia College Philosophy Prizes:

ADAM LEROY JONES PRIZE: Established by Mrs. Leroy Jones in memory of her husband who was Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of University Admissions from 1909 until 1934, the prize may be awarded to a student in the College for the best essay on a topic in the Philosophy of Science, or in the Foundations of Logic.   

JAMES GUTMANN PRIZE: Established in 1987 in honor of James Gutmann, CC'18 and Professor of Philosophy, by his family and friends on the occasion of his 90th birthday. It may be awarded each year to a graduating Columbia College senior in Philosophy who plans to pursue graduate work in the field.

Winners are announced in May of each year.

 

Columbia College Prize Winners for 2020:

ADAM LEROY JONES PRIZE:

Awarded to Hayden Kajercline for his essays (2): "Coincidence and the Benacerraf Problem" & " Why Believe the Past Hypothesis?"

JAMES GUTMANN PRIZE:

Co-awarded to Daniel Cohen for his essay: "Heidegger’s Ontological Critique of External World Skepticism", and to Daniel Driscoll for his essay: "Social Constructions and Historical Significance: On the Power of Nature in the Ideology of Poverty Marginalization"

 

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: 
 
 
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."