New Crop Prize

The New Crop Seminar will be given by our distinguished guest, Prof. Ernest Sosa. The topic of the seminar is Knowledge in Action. The seminar takes place from 12-2pm on April 25th.

The New Crop Awards Ceremony starts at 4pm April 26th.

 

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2016 New Crop Philosophy Prize and Symposium Announcement!

UC Berkeley undergraduate philosophy majors and minors are invited to submit essays for consideration for the 2016 New Crop Philosophy Prize:

First prize: $3,000
Second prize: $2,000
Third prize: $1,000

Essays may be of any length up to ten pages. They should be submitted by electronic attachment to Janet Groome (jmgroome@berkeley.edu) by March 1st, 2016.

Essays can be on any philosophical topic.

Like all philosophical essays, submissions should aim to be clear, cogent, and critically aware of existing debates. However, a premium will be placed on submissions that strive for originality: that perceptively challenge existing assumptions and positions. One aim of the New Crop Prize is to identify “outliers”: innovative voices and outlooks.

All undergraduate majors and minors are encouraged to apply. You need not be a straight-A student to have something new to say!

The top five submissions, as determined by a committee of three graduate students, will be sent our Distinguished New Crop Visitor, who will select the first-, second-, and third-prize, winner.

Our 2016 Distinguished New Crop Visitor, who was selected by members of Phil Forum, our undergraduate philosophy club, is Professor Ernie Sosa, of Rutgers University!

Stay tuned for more info!

On the first day, professor Sosa will give a seminar on his work in philosophy, exclusively for undergraduates. Students will have a chance to ask questions and contribute, as well as bring up other related philosophical questions to be discussed.

The second day will be devoted to the prize-winning essays. Undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty are welcome to attend. Professor Sosa will present the awards and comment on the essays, with time left for student responses and broader discussion. A reception and a dinner will follow.


The New Crop Prize is an annual symposium and essay competition designed to reward and encourage the next generation of young philosophers. The annual competition aims to stimulate community and reward innovative contributions to the philosophical world by exceptional students who have the promise of revolutionizing their field. Like all philosophical essays, submissions should aim to be clear, cogent, and critically aware of existing debates. However, a premium will be placed on submissions that strive for originality: that perceptively challenge existing assumptions and positions.

While the core of the New Crop Prize consists in honoring talent students who write interesting papers, the Prize provides much more to offer to undergraduates than mere rewards. A central part of the vision behind the New Crop Prize is enhancing undergraduate philosophical life writ large. Each year, undergraduates in the philosophy department will have to opportunity to voice their opinion and select a professor from outside the department to hold a two day symposium targeted towards undergraduates, providing a unique opportunity for students to engage critically with each other, as well as with a thought provoking philosophy from outside the department. The Berkeley Philosophy Forum will hold a series of events before each symposium, focused on the work of the prospective winners.

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