Brand Blanshard Prize

The Brand Blanshard Prize of $150 is awarded annually to the student who, in the judgment of members of the Philosophy Department, submits the best essay on any philosophical topic.  All students are eligible to compete.

The deadline for submission of papers is Friday, May 16, 2014.  Papers must be typewritten and should not exceed 4,000 words.  Revised term papers, senior course study papers and senior honors study papers are acceptable.  Students may submit only 1 paper.

The author's name should not appear on the paper; rather, the author should use a pseudonym.  Along with the paper, the author should submit an envelope, which inside the author reveals his or her identity.

Please submit papers through College Mail addressed to Donna Mucha, Administrative Assistant, Philosophy Department.  Questions can be addressed to dmucha1@swarthmore.edu.

 

Previous Winners

YEAR AWARDED TO PAPER TITLE
2013 Quitterie Gounot '13  Piecing the Self Together:  Towards an Agency-Centered Theory of Normative Ethics   
2013 Mary Wiltshire-Gordon '13 In Defense of Radical Contextualism
2011 Carson Monetti '11 The Anxiety of Assertion: On Kripke's Wittgenstein
2010 Richard Stillman '11 Qualia and Identity
2009 Diego Garcia-Montufar '10 Virtue, Knowledge and Moral Judgement
2008 Vivaan Nehru Ergon and Essence
2007 Andrew Sniderman Multiculturalism as Hydra
2006 Luis Dickson '06 The Theory of Freedom as Non-Domination:  The Problems of Attribution of Choice and Intentionality
2005 Aviva Aron-Dine '05 A Non Rational Choice Theory Conception of Rationality
2004 Benjamin Bagley '04 Cartwright, Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Mind
2003 Jesse O'Brien Coresponsibility Classes
2001 Benjamin Chan '01 Virtue Epistemology and the Generality Problem
2000 Daniel Wood '00 A Proposal for Modesty in Moral Philosophy