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2018 prizes awarded

Carrier and Adams Prizes Announced

June 26, 2018
The Department of Philosophy is delighted to announce the winners of this year's Carrier and Adams Prizes, awarded annually to an undergraduate and graduate student. You can read more about the history of these prizes below. Congratulations to all of these deserving undergraduate and graduate students!
 
The recipients of this year's Carrier Prize are:
 
Theresa (Tez) Clark for her senior thesis, “Understanding Against the Evidence: On Believing What's Good over What's True”
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Zoe Jenkin award Bechtel Prize

May 30, 2018
Doctoral student Zoe Jenkin was recently awarded the Bechtel Prize by the Harvard University Department of Philosophy for her essay "The Epistemic Role of Core Cognition." The prize was established through the generosity of Edwin D. Bechtel and is awarded annually for the best essay on a philosophical subject. Read more about Zoe Jenkin award Bechtel Prize
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Sandy Diehl awarded Bowen Prize

May 30, 2018
Doctoral student Sandy Diehl was recently awarded the Bowen Prize by the Harvard University Department of Philosophy for his essay "Why Immanent Critique?" The 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. Read more about Sandy Diehl awarded Bowen Prize
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Alison Simmons receives Mendlesohn award for mentoring

May 14, 2018
The Graduate Student Council recently named Professor Alison Simmons as one of five recipients of the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award. This award, named for Professor emeritus in the History of Science Everett Mendelsohn, recognizes faculty members who have made distincitve and generous contributions towards the lives and scholarly development of their graduate advisees. Simmons has previously been recognized for the excellence of... Read more about Alison Simmons receives Mendlesohn award for mentoring
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Doyle publishes "No Morality, No Self"

March 30, 2018

James Doyle, Lecturer in Philosophy at Harvard, has recently published No Morality, No Self: Anscombe's Radical Skepticism, which will be released in April through Harvard University Press.

 

Frequently cited and just as often disputed, Elizabeth Anscombe’s “Modern Moral Philosophy” (1958) and “The First Person” (1975) are touchstones of twentieth-century analytic philosophy. Though the arguments Anscombe advances in these papers are familiar to philosophers, their significance remains widely misunderstood,...

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Nyasha Borde receives Dean's Distinction

February 23, 2018
On Thursday, February 22, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael Smith announced this year's recipients of the Dean's Distinction award, honoring Faculty of Arts and Sciences staff members "whose contributions, citizenship, and skillful collaboration have delivered outstanding results for the FAS in 2017." Among the thirty-nine individuals recognized for their excellence was Department of Philosophy Coordinator Nyasha Borde.

Nyasha joined the department as Administrative Staff Assistant in May 2015 and very quickly established...
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Wendy Salkin named 2018 Harvard Horizons Scholar

January 17, 2018
In December, Harvard University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences announced the appointment of eight graduate students to its Harvard Horizons Scholars programs. Among them was the Department of Philosophy's own Wendy Salkin. Salkin--who is also a Mellon Sawyer Fellow at Boston University this year where she participates in a series of seminars on the theme of “Humanities and Technology at the... Read more about Wendy Salkin named 2018 Harvard Horizons Scholar
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MLK and Civil Rights: Countering the Conventional Narrative

January 15, 2018
Professor Tommie Shelby, Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy, and Brandon Terry, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies, have co-edited a new book on Martin Luther King, Jr. that challenges longstanding conventional narratives of King and of the Civil Rights Movement that have drained it of its radical political character.

As its title--To Shape a New World--makes clear... Read more about MLK and Civil Rights: Countering the Conventional Narrative
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Susanna Siegel speaks on The Rationality of Perception at Brooklyn Public Library

December 14, 2017

On Wednesday, December 13th, Professor Susanna Siegel--Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy at Harvard-- joined BPL Presents and Brooklyn Public Philosophers to share work from her recent book The Rationality of Perception. Siegel's book takes as its point of departure the truism that different people see the world differently and investigates whether, given this truth, perception itself be rational or irrational and, if so, how we can tell. As the...

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Tribute to Alex Patel '18

December 2, 2017
As the Department of Philosophy and the larger Harvard community continues to mourn the loss of Alex Patel, we wish to pay tribute to Alex’s memory by collecting testimonials from those who knew him. These testimonials will appear on our website until May, after which we will we will collect them into a bound hard copy to give to Alex’s family.

If you wish to contribute your thoughts, stories, or memories of Alex, please send them to...

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