William H. Fink Award
Each year the Department holds a competition for the William H. Fink award, which carries a cash prize (currently $1,000). The prize is awarded in recognition of an outstanding graduate student essay in philosophy.Papers submitted for the Fink competition are expected to be presentations of original, sustained philosophical arguments—or original, insightful criticisms of published material. The papers should exhibit the philosophical quality and polish in execution one finds in credible submissions to good philosophy journals. Awards need not be made every year.
THE WILLIAM H. FINK AWARD
GRADUATE ESSAY IN PHILOSOPHY
The William H. Fink Award will be presented again this year for the winning entry in an essay competition open only to graduate students currently enrolled in the Philosophy Department. Essays submitted for this competition may be on any philosophical topic. Papers written for courses, specifically for this occasion, sections of dissertations, and papers submitted for publication may be entered in the competition, provided they are self-contained. In accordance with the wishes of Dr. Fink, who endowed this award, entries will be judged on the basis of originality, style, and the degree to which they exemplify high standards of reasoning.
Rules governing the competition:
1. The competition is open to all currently enrolled Philosophy graduate students, except previous first-place winners.
2. Only one paper may be submitted by an eligible student.
3. The paper must be substantially different from papers submitted by the same author for previous Fink competitions.
4. The paper must be typed, double-spaced and may not exceed 7,750 words of text and footnotes. The pages must be numbered and the title should appear at the top of the first page. The paper has to be prepared for a blind review: i.e., the name of the author should not be evident anywhere in the paper (including footnotes). Also, prepare a separate cover
5. Please submit electronically a .pdf copy of the paper and a .pdf copy of the cover sheet to: Michelle (firstname.lastname@example.org). Notice that these should be separate .pdf files. Also, when you create the .pdf file of the paper make sure to leave the author’s line blank.
6. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS Monday, March 23rd @ 11:59pm! Questions regarding the competition should be addressed to Neil Tennant.
The entries will be judged by a faculty committee consisting of Professors Tennant, McPherson, Samuels, and Roth.
The award of $1000.00 will be presented, and the winning paper will be read and discussed at a special departmental colloquium, which is set for Friday, April 17, 2020, 3:30-5:00 pm, in a virtual presentation.
More information about William H. Fink.
|Year||Fink Winner||Paper Title|
"The Modal Logic of Potential Infinity: Branching vs. Convergent Possibilities"
"Fontenelle Among The Neuroscientists: Early Modern Lessons For Contemporary Philosophy of Animal Consciousness"
Honorable Mention: Jamie Fritz &
“Prior and Benacerraf”
“Pragmatic Encroachment and Moral Encroachment”
Honorable Mention: Jerilyn Tinio
|"Simple Constitution and the Explanatory Ambitions of Constitution Theory"
"The Mind’s Figurative Force: On the Compatibility of Mind-Body Interaction and Descartes’s Principle of the Conservation of Motion"
Honorable Mention: Andrew Kissel
|"Affect, Love and Importance"
"Debunking Free Will Belief Debunkers"
Honorable Mention: Juan Garcia
|"An Epistemic Constraint on Intention: Null Hypothesis or Genuinely Binding?"
"Kant's Schematism, Paul Guyer and the Empirical Constraint"
Honorable Mention: Scott Brown
|"Well-being and Life Improvement, Ceteris Paribus"
"Problems for Instantiation as Identity"
Honorable Mention: Keren Wilson
|"De-Semanticizing the Dispute about Disputes of Taste"
"Aristotle on Continuity"
|"Modifying the Interventionist Solution to the Problem of Causal Exclusion "
"Gradability and Vagueness"
|2010-2011||No prize awarded|
|2009-2010||Nathan Smith||"Diachronic Agency and Personal Identity"|
Honorable Mention: Alisa Wandzilak
|"Is Two a Plural Property?"
"Why Reason Might Not Require Means-End Coherence"
|2007-2008||Dai Heide||"Kant's 'Rejected' Alternative"|
|2006-2007||Wesley Cray||"Modal realism without overlap (and without counterpart theory either)"|
|2005-2006||Adam Podlaskowski||"Rule-Following Without Idealization"|
|2004-2005||William Roche||"In Defense of Coherentism: Against the Alternative-Systems Objection and the Isolation Objection"|
|2003-2004||Julian Cole||"Linguistic Priority, Metaphysical Dependence and Mathematics"|
|2002-2003||Henry Pratt||"Categorization and Interpretation of Art: Intentions or Bust!"|
|2001-2002||Nicholaos Jones||"Unification as an Epistemic Virtue"|
|2000-2001||Lee Franklin||"Philosophical Reflection and Recollection in the Phaedo"|
|1999-2000||Roy Cook||"Vagueness and Mathematical Precision"|
|1998-1999||David Eng||"Psychological Realism: A Solution to the Generality Problem"|
|1997-1998||David Merli||"Noncognitivism and Moral Epistemology"|
|1996-1997||Joseph Salerno||"Revising the Logic of Logical Revision"|
|1995-1996||Keith Korcz||"Reasons for Which One Believes"|
|1994-1995||David Lightner||"Hume on Inconceivability, Impossibility, and Adequate Ideas"|
|1993-1994||Jill Dieterle||"Structuralism and Mathematical Realism: Causal Objections to Ontological Realism"|
|1992-1993||G. Michael Watkins||"Dispositionalism, Ostension, and Austerity"|
|1991-1992||Laura Keating||"Un-Locke-ing Boyle: Boyle on Primary and Secondary Qualities"|
|1990-1991||Norman Mooradian||"False Pleasure in the Philebus"|
|1989-1990||Jody Graham||"Room Enough for One: A Solution for Color Incompatability"|
|"Content and Value"
"Semantic Anti-Realism Without Revision"
|1987-1988||No prize awarded|
|1986-1987||Mitch Flower||"On the Doctrine of Transcendental Idealism and the Distinction Between Appearances and Things in Themselves"|
|1985-1986||Beth Cohen||"Vagueness, Realism, and Classical Logic"|
|1984-1985||Erdinc Sayan||Functionalism and the Mental"|
|1983-1984||David Drebushenko||"Ideal Theories"|
|1982-1983||Martin Rice||" Nihil veri simile nisi aliquid certum est"|
|"Leibniz and Locke on the Attribution of Innate Knowledge"
"Justice in Original Acquisition"
|1980-1981||Steven Nuttall||"Voluntariness: The Rationale of Criminal Responsibility"|
|1979-1980||Michael Costa||"Arnauld, Descartes, and Ideas"|