Chair's Essay Prize in Philosophy

This prize is open to all full-time undergraduate students in Year 2 or higher from main campus Philosophy courses between September 9th, 2020 and April 12th, 2021. Philosophy Professors may nominate exceptional essays submitted during the 2020-21 academic year for this prize or students can nominate themselves. The recipient will be selected by the Chair of Philosophy in consultation with colleagues.

The student’s name, student number, email address and full mailing address should appear on the first page of the essay only, and all other identifiers should be removed. Please include the philosophy course number for which the essay was written for. Only one essay per student can be submitted.

Deadline: April 23rd, 2021

Value: $500

Submission Procedure: Essays must be submitted by April 23rd to the Acting Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Nicole Kirkpatrick, at in PDF or DOC format.

The winner will be invited to an awarding ceremony in the upcoming 2021-22 academic year.

Check List

- Full- time undergraduate student, Year 2 or higher.
- Essay is from a main campus philosophy course from the 2020-21 academic year (September 9th, 2020 to April 12th, 2021).
- Student’s name, student number, email address, full mailing address, course number are on the first page of the essay only.
- Headers and footers and any other identifiers in the main text of the essay have been removed.
- Only one essay per student has been submitted.

Previous Winners

2018-19: Olivia Gordon, Kant’s Erroneous Objectification of Animals by Regarding their Worth as Indistinguishable from the Worth of “Things”

2017-18: Nicole Nowoselski, The Unbecoming of the Self? An Existential Analysis of Identity and Dementia

2016-17: Ryan Howson, Refuting the Bundle Theory of Mind

2015-16: Francesco Lucia, On the Alleged Inconsistency of Weak Epistemic Egoism

2014-15: Andrew DiMarco, Celebrated Texts of Aristotle: Solving Zeno's Dichotomy

2013-14: Rachel Bath, Levels and Horizons: Preparing for the Possibility for a Phenomenology of Place

2012-13: Tucker Hunter, Improved Basis for an Old Claim: An Analysis of a Pair of Thought Experiment in Kant's Third Paralogism

2011-12: Emily Kress, Elemental Teleology in Aristotle's Rainfall Arguement