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 deadline for submissions for the Fink award this year is Monday, April 2, 2018 at noon.Questions regarding the competition should be addressed to Abe Roth.
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|Year||Fink Winner||Paper Title|
“Prior and Benacerraf”
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"|