Essay Award

The Society for Analytic Philosophy e.V. and Grazer Philosophische Studien annually award the Essay Award to up to three students. The award is endowed with €200. The essays are published in Grazer Philosophische Studien.

GAP Essay Award 2017

The essay question for 2017 is: Does freedom of speech permit lying in public?

For further information, see here.

Please note that from now on up to three submissions will be awarded 200 Euros each.

Jury decisions on the 2016 essay prize of the GAP and GPS

The Society for Analytical Philosophy (GAP) and Grazer Philosophische Studien are pleased about the interest in the essay question: »Is it always good to be rational?« There were 20 submissions (including four from women). A jury of six experts thoroughly considered the contributions. Each essay was reviewed by at least two jurors, a final selection of essays from all six. After careful consideration, the jury awarded the following two articles as fully equivalent:

  • 1st Prize: Sebastian Schmidt
    (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg):
    Why we should promote irrationality (abstract)
  • 1st prize: Konstantin Weber
    (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg):
    Is it always good to be rational? (abstract)

These two decorated essays will be published in the Grazer Philosophische Studien in the second half of 2017.

We congratulate the winners and thank all participants for their contributions!

Jury Decision on the Essay Award 2015 of GAP and GPS

The Society for Analytic Philosophy (GAP) and Grazer Philosophische Studien are pleased about the great response to the essay question for students »Can we decide what to believe?«. There were almost 30 submissions. A jury consisting of five experts has thoroughly considered the submissions; every essay was reviewed by at least two jurors, a selected number of essays then by all five jurors. After careful consideration, the jury awarded the following two, equally prize-worthy essays:

  • 2nd Prize: Sebastian Schmidt (Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg) for his essay »Können wir uns entscheiden, etwas zu glauben? Zur Möglichkeit und Unmöglichkeit eines doxastischen Willens«
  • 2nd Prize: Simon Walgenbach (Universität Duisburg-Essen) for his essay »Können wir uns entscheiden, etwas zu glauben?«

The two distinguished essays will be published in Grazer Philosophische Studien in the second half of 2016. We congratulate the winners and thank all participants for their contributions!

Essay Award 2014

The essay question was: A pill to make us more moral: Is it possible and should we take it?

The following essays were awarded:

  • 1st Prize: Dorothee Bleisch:
    Die Moralpille – über Risiken und Nebenwirkungen denken Sie eigenständig nach und fragen Ihren Philosophen oder Ihre Philosophin
  • 2nd Prize: Philip Fox:
    Agency and the pill that makes us moral
  • 3rd Prize: David Christian Heering
    Breaking Good: Is there a patent recipe for cooking up the moral pill?

Essay Award 2013

The essay question was: Can I imagine to be another person?

The following essays were awarded:

  • 1st Prize: Tammo Lossau:
    Was heißt ›sich vorstellen, eine andere Person zu sein‹?
  • 2nd Prize: Eva Lucia Backhaus:
    Kann ich mir vorstellen, eine andere Person zu sein?
  • 3rd Prize: Viktoria Knoll:
    Kann ich mir vorstellen, eine andere Person zu sein?

Essay Award 2012

The essay question was: Are we allowed to eat animals?

The following essays were awarded:

  • 1st Prize: Salim Hirèche / Sandra Villata:
    Eating Animals and the Value of Non-Human Suffering
  • 2nd Prize: Simon Gaus:
    Moralischer Vegetarismus: Folgt aus dem Unwert der Tierhaltung ein Verbot des Fleischkonsums?
  • 3rd Prize: Jens Tuider:
    Dürfen wir Tiere essen?

Essay Award 2011

The essay question was: Can we trust our feelings? On the value of emotions for cognition and action

The following essays were awarded:

  • 1st Prize: not awarded
  • 2nd Prize: Amadeus Magrabi:
    Can we Trust our Feelings? On the Value of Feelings for Decision-Making
  • 3rd Prize: Stefan Reining:
    Do Pain-Accompanying Emotions Mislead Us? – Considerations in the Light of Reactive Dissociation Phenomena

Essay Award 2010

The essay question was: What do we owe other generations?

The following essays were awarded:

  • 1st Prize: not awarded
  • 2nd Prize: Stefan Reining:
    Verpflichtungen gegenüber zukünftigen Generationen im Lichte der Goldenen Regel
  • 3rd Prize: not awarded

Essay Award 2009

The essay question was: Learning from fiction? On the epistemological value of thought experiments or literature  

The following essays were awarded:

  • 1st Prize: Max Seeger:
    Experimental Philosophy and the Twin Earth Intuition
  • 2nd Prize: Sebastian Köhler:
    Thought-experiments, Disagreement and Moral Realism
  • 3rd Prize: Stefan Reining:
    Über die vermeintliche Unzulässigkeit physikalisch unmöglicher Fälle in der Debatte um diachrone Personenidentität

Essay Award 2008

The essay question was: Why search for the truth?

The following essays were awarded:

  • 1st Prize: not awarded
  • 2nd Prize: Stefan Reining:
    Über den möglichen Wert der Unwissenheit
  • 3rd Prize: David Ludwig:
    Die Sorge um die Wahrheit
  • 4th Prize: Susanne Mantel:
    Warum nach der Wahrheit suchen?

Essay Award 2007

The essay question was: Could we be fully physically determined and still responsible for our actions?

The following essays were awarded:

  • 1st Prize: Lars Dänzer:
    A Neglected Argument for Compatibilism
  • 2nd Prize: Anselm Spindler:
    Über moralische Verantwortung und alternativen Möglichkeiten
  • 3rd Prize: Andreas Maier:
    Weeding in the Garden of Forking Paths – Yet Another Look at Alternative Possibilities