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Congratulations to the 2021 Philosophy Department Prize Winners

Congratulations to the 2021 Philosophy Department Prize Winners

June 25, 2021

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!

 

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Sean Kelly Named Harvard College Professor

June 23, 2021

The Department of Philosophy congratulates Professor Sean Kelly on being named a Harvard College Professor. Harvard College Professorships are “five-year appointments that include support for research and a semester of paid leave or summer salary,” and are awarded to professors “recognized for their contributions to undergraduate teaching and positive influence on the culture of teaching at the University.” The professorships are funded through a gift from John and Frances Loeb.

Sean Kelly is the...

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2021 Princess of Asturias Award Goes to Professor Amartya Sen

2021 Princess of Asturias Award Goes to Professor Amartya Sen

June 3, 2021

Professor Amartya Sen has been awarded the 2021 Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences. The Award, which comes with a sculpture by Joan Miró and a cash prize of €50,000, was established to recognize  “the scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out at an international level by individuals, institutions or groups of individuals or institutions.” Sen was selected from a pool of 41 other candidates, and is...

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A&H Division Awards Taliesin Prize to Andrew Rao (Class of '21)

A&H Division Awards Taliesin Prize to Andrew Rao (Class of '21)

May 21, 2021

The Philosophy Department congratulates Andrew Rao (Class of ’21, Mathematics and Philosophy), one of three winners of the 2021 Taelsin Prize. The Prize, “awarded to three graduating seniors who best exhibit a spirit of intellectual adventure in their curricular paths as Harvard undergraduates,”  is given based on the student’s entire course of study over their time at Harvard:

“While many prizes take as their starting point conventional standards of academic excellence like a student’s GPA or exemplary thesis, the Taliesin Prize takes a holistic look at a student’s...

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Magee, Mealey, and Tao Win Hoopes Prizes for Theses

May 21, 2021

Three Philosophy concentrators have been awarded the Hoopes Prize for 2020-2021 academic year. Funded by the estate of Thomas T. Hoopes (Class of 1921), The Hoopes prize is awarded annually to undergraduates “on the basis of outstanding scholarly work or research... recognizing, promoting, honoring, and rewarding excellence in the work of undergraduates and their capabilities and skills in any subject, projects of research in science or the humanities, or in specific written work of the students under the instruction or supervision of the Faculty.”

The Winners are:

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Behrends and Allen receive Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) Challenge grant

November 13, 2020

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics has been awarded a Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) Challenge grant for the project “Evaluating and Assessing Tech Ethics Education.” This project will be led by co-PIs Danielle Allen and Jeffrey Behrends, along with colleagues at Stanford...

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Gina Schouten blog post in Daily Nous: "Democratic Deliberation After Trump"

November 13, 2020

 

Gina Schouten has written a blog post titled "Democratic Deliberation After Trump" for the Daily Nous series "Philosophers on the 2020 US Election."

 

"Some will say that a quick move toward reconciliation or toward rebuilding the bedrock of shared values is misplaced: We can nurture our anger awhile longer; indeed, maybe we owe it to Trump’s victims to stay angry at his enablers..  But...

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