Brand Blanshard Prize
The Brand Blanshard Prize honors Brand Blanshard, professor of philosophy at Swarthmore from 1925 to 1945, and was established by David H. Scull ’36.
The 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.
For Spring 2023, the deadline for submission of papers is Thursday, April 27, 2023. 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.
Please prepare your paper to be read anonymously, meaning the author’s name should not appear anywhere on the paper: rather, the author should include this cover sheet and put the title of the paper (without the author's name) in the header of each page of the essay.
For Spring 2023, please submit a digital copy of papers via Email addressed to Donna Mucha, Administrative Assistant, Philosophy Department. Questions can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linked essays are available with Swarthmore.EDU log in only
|2023||Megan Wu '23||Awakening to the Good: Akrasia and Moral Transformation|
|2022||Sagar Rao '22||Objective Modal Facts in Scientific Realism and Anti-Realism|
|2021||Sagar Rao '22||Dignãga on Percepts and Causal Accounts of Perception|
|2021||Megan Wu '23||In Defense of Platonic Essentialism About Numbers|
|2020||Henry Wilson '21||What Are Levels in Metaphysics?|
|2019||Zhicheng (John) Fan '19||Plato on Eudaimonia and Other-Concern in the Republic|
|2019||Alexander Jin '19||He Made Us All Responsible: The Me Too Movement and Liberal Commitments in Punishment|
|2018||Laura Geary '18||Objectification and Kantian Sexual Morality|
|2017||Joseph Millman '17||Stoic Compatibilism and Causation|
|2016||Gregory Brown '16||Aristotelian Categoricals and the Philosophy of Science|
|2015||Gregory Brown '16||An Objection to Parfit's Psychological Criterion|
|2015||John Proios '15||The Philosopher's Choice: The Prudential Goodness of Compulsion in Plato's Republic|
|2014||Joshua Chang '15||The Euthyphro Dilemma and Its Relationship to God|
|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|