Recent philosophy-related news.*
1. Michela Massimi (Edinburgh) is the winner of the 2023 Lakatos Award for her book, Perspectival Realism (OUP, 2022). The Lakatos Award is given annually by the London School of Economics and Political Science “for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, widely interpreted, in the form of a book published in English during the current year or the previous five years.” The award of £10,000 is funded from an endowment from the Latsis Foundation in honor of former LSE professor Imre Lakatos.
2. Jason Stanley (Yale) will be a visiting professor at the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) in August, teaching a summer course, “Colonialism and Fascism“. The arrangement—having a well-known academic live in Kyiv and teach in-person at the university—appears to be part of an effort to restore confidence in the normalcy of life and work at KSE, despite the war with Russia.
4. Mark Alfano (Macquarie) and Mandi Astola (Delft/Wollongoong) are the co-winners of the 2023 Media Prize from the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) for their “A Sense of Humour – Even a Dark One – Is a Moral Virtue,” which was published at Psyche. The prize of $500 is sponsored by Taylor & Francis. Also receiving commendation from the AAP for their public-facing work were Karen Jones (Melbourne) for a response to Waleed Aly’s “Uncivil Wars” at Quarterly Essay and her appearance on the Festival of Dangerous Ideas broadcast as part of TheMinefield, ABC Radio, and Tom Cochrane (Flinders) for his “Attuned to the Aesthetic,” published at Aeon.
* Over the summer, many news items will be consolidated in posts like this.