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Philosophy Prizes

Below are listed four annual prizes in philosophy for which both Harvard undergraduate and graduate students may compete.

Please go to the Prize Office web site http://prizes.fas.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do for general prize information  (including eligibility and manuscript format) as well as specific information about Philosophy Department prizes which is also included here.

*Submission Deadline: All papers must be submitted by email attachment no later than Monday, May 12 at 5 pm. Papers received after 5 pm will not be accepted.

*Application Instructions:

I. Please send an email to Emily Ware (eware@fas.harvard.edu) and include the following information:

1. Both your actual name and the pseudonym that will appear on the cover page of your submission.
2. The prize for which you are applying
3. Title of paper
4. Class year
5. Your email address plus local contact information and summer contact information.


II. Attached to this paper, please include your paper in either Word or PDF format. The title page of your paper must include the following information:

1. The title
2. Your pseudonym only
3. Submittal date
4. The prize for which you are submitting


III. If you are applying for both the Bechtel and Bowen prizes, please prepare two (2) separate submissions.

Winning papers will be deposited with the Curator of the Harvard University Archives, Pusey Library. No stipend can be paid until this rule is complied with, and the Archives will have final determination of what is an acceptable copy. Format and specifications information is available under the section on General Information described above. The submission must be the original work of the competitor. Entries must be neat, legible, typed, and double-spaced.

If you have additional questions, please contact Emily Ware at eware@fas.harvard.edu or 495-2153.

George Plimpton Adams Prize

 
From the fund established in 1974 for the Department of Philosophy by Beatrice Carrier Seegal in memory of Professor George Plimpton Adams, who guided her philosophy studies at the University of California, a prize will be awarded to a College or Graduate School of Arts and Sciences student submitting a dissertation on a subject designated by the Department of Philosophy, preferably in the field of history of philosophy. All senior honors theses and all doctoral dissertations which are eligible under the terms of this prize will be considered without special application. Further information may be obtained from the office of the Department of Philosophy.

Bechtel Prize in Philosophy

 
Through the generosity of Edwin De T. Bechtel, a prize will be awarded annually for the best essay on a philosophical subject. Any philosophical topic is admissible as long as it can be treated with little or no use of technical symbols. The prize is open to students registered in Harvard College or the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. It will be "awarded by a Committee of the Department of Philosophy, if the Committee unanimously determines that it is a work of merit, fully deserving the award of the Prize." Essays must not exceed 10,000 words.

Francis Bowen Prize

 
The Francis Bowen Prize was established in 1938 by a bequest from Miss Maria Bowen as a memorial to her father who held the Alford professorship of Natural Religion, Moral Philosophy, and Civil Polity from 1853 to 1889. The prize will be conferred annually for the best essay upon a subject in moral or political philosophy, and is open to students registered in Harvard College or in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Essays must not exceed 10,000 words in length.

Emily & Charles Carrier Prize

 
From the income of a fund established in 1974 for the Department of Philosophy by Beatrice Carrier Seegal in memory of her parents Emily and Charles Carrier, a prize will be awarded to a College or Graduate School of Arts and Sciences student submitting a dissertation on a subject in social, political, or moral philosophy. All senior honors theses and all doctoral dissertations which are eligible under the terms of this prize will be considered without special application. Further information may be obtained from the office of the Department of Philosophy.

The Three Philosophers

The Three Philosophers: Josiah Royce, George Herbert Palmer and William James

Painting by Winifred Rieber, 1872 - 1963
c. 1920.

This painting currently hangs in Emerson 105.

Dorothy Rieber Joralemon wrote an article for American Heritage Magazine about her mother's experiences while painting this portrait. It provides some interesting insights into the personalities of the philosophers at Harvard during the "Golden Age."

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