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January 15, 2019: Wilfrid Sellars Prize

20 Dec 2018 12:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The North American Kant Society is pleased to announce the ninth  annual Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize competition. This prize will be awarded for the best essay on any topic that demonstrates the continuing relevance of Kant’s philosophy. Essays must be single-authored, previously unpublished (work under review or forthcoming will be considered), and cannot exceed 8,000 words in length (including notes and works cited/bibliography).


The intention behind the Sellars Prize is to help promote original Kantian or Kant-inspired philosophical work of scholars in the early stages of their careers. Submissions will be blind-reviewed and judged by members of a review committee drawn from the NAKS Executive and Advisory Boards. The deadline for submitting is January 15, 2019.


Eligibility rules:

·         The essay must be written in English, single-authored, and not published prior to January 15, 2019.

·         “Junior” is defined here as: “PhD in hand; and 40 or younger (regardless of tenure status), or non-tenured (regardless of age).”

·         Authors must be members of NAKS at the time of submission.


Please send entries electronically to Oliver Sensen at sensen@tulane.edu. Entries should be submitted in Word format and state the word count at the end. They should be formatted for blind review. Submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter providing the author’s name, email contact information, and title of the paper, and including a three-part declaration stating that: (i) the essay has not been published by January 15, 2019, (ii) the author already has a PhD in hand, and is either 40 years of age or younger (regardless of employment status) or non-tenured (regardless of age), and (iii) the author is a member of NAKS in good standing.


The winner will be announced on June 15, 2019 and will receive a prize of $500. The Award Committee reserves the right not to award a prize, if in its judgment none is warranted.

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