YOUNGER SCHOLARS PRIZE FOR METAPHYSICS

PAST WINNERS AND WINNING ESSAYS

 

Oxford Studies In Metaphysics

 

2011 Winner

This year, the Oxford Studies in Metaphysics Younger Scholar Prize attracted 44 essays, submitted by scholars at various stages in their careers — most participants were recent Ph.D.s, but there were many graduate students, and a few tenured associate professors as well. The judges, Kris McDaniel, Laurie Paul, and Hud Hudson, found much to like in the submissions, and several runners-up were identified as good candidates for inclusion in a future volume of OSM, including "Composition is Identity" by Aaron Cotnoir, and "Fundamental Properties of Fundamental Properties" by Maya Eddon. The judges eventually converged upon Shamik Dasgupta’s paper, "Absolutism vs. Comparativism about Quantity".

Recipient: Shamik Dasgupta

 

Princeton University

 

Title: "Absolutism vs. Comparativism About Quantity"
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2010 Winner

With over 50 essays to choose from, the judges of the 2010 Oxford Studies in Metaphysics Younger Scholar Prize once again faced a difficult decision. The winning essay was "The Real Truth About the Unreal Future", by Rachael Briggs (a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Sydney) and Graeme A. Forbes (a graduate student at Sheffield University). Several other excellent essays from this year’s competition will, along with the winner, be published in volume 7 of Oxford Studies in Metaphysics; including Troy Cross’s "Goodbye, Humean Supervenience", and Joshua Spencer’s "All Things Must Pass".

Recipient: Rachael Briggs

 

University of Sidney

 

Title: "The Real Truth About the Unreal Future"

Recipient: Graeme A. Forbes

 

Sheffield University

 

Title: "The Real Truth About the Unreal Future"

2009 Winner (and near-winners)

The record number of 30 submitted entries in 2008 seemed small compared to the new record-number of 55 submitted entries in 2009. The Ammonius Foundation and Editorial Board of Oxford Studies in Metaphysics wish to make special note the remarkably high quality of essays for 2009, and in particular to highlight the University of Leeds, with whom are associated not only the winning author but also, remarkably, the authors of both exceptionally strong runners-up. We congratulate runners-up Elizabeth Barnes (Lecturer, University of Leeds) and J. Robert G. Williams (Reader in Theoretical Philosophy, University of Leeds) for their essay “A Theory of Metaphysical Indeterminacy”, and runner-up Ross P. Cameron (Lecturer, University of Leeds) for his essay “Truthmaking for Presentists.” The Editorial Board and The Foundation congratulate Jason Turner, also University of Leeds, as winner of the 2009 Younger Scholar’s Prize. His winning essay, “Ontological Nihilism,” will (with those of his colleagues) be published in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, Vol. 6 (D. Zimmerman, ed.), forthcoming 2010.

Recipient: Jason Turner

 

University of Leeds

 

Title: "Ontological Nihilism"
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2008 Winner

After a difficult review of a record 30 submitted entries, the Ammonius Foundation and Editorial Board of Oxford Studies in Metaphysics are pleased to announce Jeff Russell, NYU, as winner of the 2008 Younger Scholars Prize. Jeff Russell’s winning essay, “The Structure of Gunk: Adventures in the Ontology of Space,” is published in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, Vol. 4 (2008, D. Zimmerman, ed.), pp. 248-274.

Recipient: Jeff Russell

 

New York University

 

Title: "The Structure of Gunk: Adventures in the Ontology of Space"

 

2007 Winner

The Ammonius Foundation congratulates Bradford Skow, MIT for winning the 2007 Oxford Studies in Metaphysics Younger Scholars Competition. Bradford Skow’s winning essay, "Extrinsic Temporal Metrics" is now published in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, Vol. 5 (2010, D. Zimmerman, ed.) pp.179-202.

Recipient: Bradford Skow

 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

Title: "Extrinsic Temporal Metrics"

 

2006 Winner

The Ammonius Foundation joins Oxford Studies in Metaphysics in congratulating Stephan Leuenberger for winning the 2006 Oxford Studies in Metaphysics Younger Scholars Competition. His winning essay "Ceteris Absentibus Physicalism" is published in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, Vol. 4 (2008, D. Zimmerman, ed.), pp. 145 - 170.

Recipient: Stephan Leuenberger

 

Princeton University, now ANU

 

Title: "Ceteris Absentibus Physicalism"

 

2005 Winners

The Ammonius Foundation is pleased to announce Matthew McGrath (University of Missouri, Columbia) and Cody Gilmore (University of Nebraska at Omaha) as co-winners of the Oxford Studies in Metaphysics Younger Scholars Prize for 2005. McGrath's winning essay "Four Dimensionalism and the Puzzles of Coincidence" is published in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, Vol. 3 (2007, D. Zimmerman, ed.), pp. 143 - 176. Gilmore's winning essay "Time Travel, Coinciding Objects, and Persistence" is also published in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, Vol. 3 (2007), pp. 177 - 198.

Recipient: Matthew McGrath

 

University of Missouri, Columbia

 

Title: "Four-Dimensionalism and the Puzzles of Coincidence"

 

Recipient: Cody Gilmore

 

University of Nebraska at Omaha

 

Title: "Time Travel, Coinciding Objects, and Persistence"

 

2004 Winner

The Ammonius Foundation is pleased to announce Thomas Hofweber (University of North Carolina) as winner of the inaugural OSM Younger Scholars Prize for 2004. His winning essay "Inexpressible Properties and Propositions" is published in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, Vol. 2 (2006, D. Zimmerman, ed.), pp. 155 - 206.

Recipient: Thomas Hofweber

 

Associated Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Title: "Inexpressible Properties and Propositions"