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Philosophy prize for essay on “Materialism, Non-materialism and Immaterialism”


Deadline October 1, 2500 lbs. prize. From the Royal Institute of Philosophy (Britain) here:

The Royal Institute of Philosophy and Cambridge University Press are pleased to announce the 2013 Philosophy Essay Prize. Winners of the Prize will receive £2,500 with their essay being published in Philosophy and identified as the essay prize winner.

The topic for the 2013 essay competition is: Materialism, Non-materialism and Immaterialism

Entries may address the topic in a variety of ways. To what extent do theories in philosophy of logic and mathematics, as well as in metaphysics, philosophy of mind and axiology, require admitting non-material entities into their ontologies? Materialism has a contradictory, immaterialism, and a contrary, non-materialism. How might these be distinguished? How might non- or im-material entities be identified and individuated? Can non-material characteristics inhere in material substances, and can material characteristics inhere in non-material substances? If not, is attribute dualism (pluralism) combined with substance monism incoherent? These are among the themes that might be addressed.

In assessing entries priority will be given to originality, clarity of expression, breadth of interest, and potential for advancing discussion. More.

Tells you something that this is the topic this year.

My oh my, anyone who can clearly differentiate all of those properties within one essay will definitely earn his money. The winning essay will be very interesting to read, and I have a hunch a few UD contributors who might get close to making the final cut, (Torley, Niwrad, Sheldon, KD, Sewell, uprightbiped, kf, William Murray, Eric, just to name a few) Shoot for some of those guys that I mentioned (and some a forgot to mention) it might seem like a piece of cake, to write a coherent essay on the topic especially as much as those particular issues are dealt with on a day by day basis here on UD.,,, Who knows, it could happen. :) bornagain77

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