Mind Graduate Essay Prize Winner

The academic philosophy journal Mind and Oxford University Press have announced that the winning essay in the Mind graduate essay contest is “Illocutionary Frustration” by Samia Hesni, a graduate student at MIT. 

The prize includes publication of the essay in Mind, £500 (approximately $674), and £500 worth of OUP books.

The contest judges decided that two other entries were worthy of publication and will appear alongside the winning essay.  They are “Disabilities Are Legitimately Medically Interesting Constraints on Legitimate Interests,” by Chong-Ming Lim, (Oxford) and “Adaptive Preferences, Adapted Preferences” by Polly Mitchell (UCL).

The subject area for the contest changes annually. The subject for 2017 was social and political philosophy. According to Mind, “Entries were assessed with regard to excellence, originality and interest. No topic, school, or style of philosophy was excluded.”

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Kenny Easwaran
6 years ago

It’s a shame that the articles aren’t published at the time they make the announcement! This is probably the most likely moment for people to hear about these articles and be interested in reading them, but it doesn’t look like we’re able to. They could probably greatly improve the significance of this prize (and help the recipients more) if they held off on the announcement until online versions of the articles are available.