Journal of Philosophy’s 2023 Levi Prize


Akshath Jitendranath, a postdoctoral fellow in Philosophy and Economics at the Paris School of Economics, is the winner of the 2023 Isaac Levi Prize.

Jitendranath won the prize for his paper, “Optimization and Beyond”. Here’s its abstract:

This paper will be concerned with hard choices—that is, choice situations where an agent cannot make a rationally justified choice. Specifically, this paper asks: if an agent cannot optimize in a given situation, are they facing a hard choice? A pair of claims are defended in light of this question. First, situations where an agent cannot optimize because of incompleteness of the binary preference or value relation constitute a hard choice. Second, situations where agents cannot optimize because the binary preference or value relation violates acyclicity do not constitute a hard choice.

The prize, awarded by The Journal of Philosophy, includes $10,000 and publication of the winning essay in the journal.

The Isaac Levi Prize was created in 2019 in honor of philosopher Isaac Levi, who served as a longtime editor for The Journal of Philosophy, and is awarded to an article submitted to the Journal in the areas and themes that interested Levi, such as decision theory, epistemology, formal epistemology, pragmatism (especially as developed by Peirce), philosophy of science, social choice theory, ethics of controversy, and the relevance of philosophy in these areas to public life.

To learn more about the prize and see a list of past winners, go here.

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Brian Weatherson
Brian Weatherson
2 months ago

This paper sounds great. Is there a version of it online anywhere?

Alyssa Timin
Reply to  Brian Weatherson
2 months ago

I don’t know if a draft is online, but the published version will appear in JPhil’s March 2024 issue.

Akshath Jitendranath
Reply to  Brian Weatherson
2 months ago

Thanks Brian! I’m happy to send you the paper through email, if you would still be interested.

Chris Ranalli
Chris Ranalli
2 months ago

Congrats, Akshath!!!

Akshath Jitendranath
Reply to  Chris Ranalli
2 months ago

Thanks, Chris!

JCM Due
JCM Due
2 months ago

Congrats Akshath!!!!

Akshath Jitendranath
Reply to  JCM Due
2 months ago

Julia!! Thank you!!

Akshath Jitendranath
2 months ago

Thanks to everyone who wrote to congratulate. I feel really grateful and honoured!