The Department of Philosophy is delighted to announce the winners of this year's Carrier, Adams, Bechtel, and Bowen Prizes, awarded annually to our undergraduate and graduate students for essays and theses/dissertations. You can read more about the history of these prizes below. Congratulations to all of these deserving undergraduate and graduate students!
Graduate Bowen Prize: "Blameworthiness and Constitutive Control" by Rachel Achs
Graduate Bechtel Prize: "Inquiry Consequentialized" by David Thorstad
Undergraduate Bechtel Prize: "Disagreement over the Beautiful" by Jennifer Lowell
Graduate Carrier Prize: "Practical Cognitivism: An Essay on Normativity and Objectivity" by Doug Kremm
Undergraduate Carrier Prize: "The Normative Question: A constitutive account of what we should do and why" by Matthew Mandel
Graduate Adams Prize: "Self-Consciousness in Kant’s Moral Philosophy" by James Bondarchuk
The Adams Prize was established in 1974 in memory of Professor George Plimpton Adams and is awarded to a student submitting a thesis or dissertation on a subject designated by the Department of Philosophy, preferably in the field of history of philosophy.
The Bechtel Prize was established through the generosity of Edwin D. Bechtel and is awarded annually for the best essay on a philosophical subject.
The Bowen Prize, 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, is awarded annually for the best essay upon a subject in moral or political philosophy.
The Carrier Prize was established in memory of Emily and Charles Carrier and is awarded to a College or Graduate School of Arts and Sciences student submitting a thesis or dissertation on a subject in social, political, or moral philosophy.