For immediate release April 6, 2021

2021 Lebowitz Prize Awarded to Philosophers Ned Block and Ian Phillips

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Philosophical Association (APA) and the Phi Beta Kappa Society (ΦBK) are pleased to announce that Dr. Ned Block, Silver Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, and Neural Science at New York University, and Dr. Ian Phillips, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, have won the 2021 Dr. Martin R. Lebowitz and Eve Lewellis Lebowitz Prize for Philosophical Achievement and Contribution. Awarded annually by ΦBK in conjunction with the APA, this prize recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of philosophy. Each winner will be awarded an honorarium of $25,000 each.
The Lebowitz Prize was established in 2012 by a generous bequest from Eve Lewellis Lebowitz in honor of her late husband, Martin R. Lebowitz, a distinguished philosophical critic. Lebowitz Prize winners must be two philosophers who hold contrasting views on a chosen topic of current interest in philosophy. They present their views and engage in a dialogue at an annual Lebowitz symposium, held during an APA divisional meeting.

Ned Block, Ph.D., received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University in 1971. Prior to joining the faculty at New York University in 1996, he was chair of the philosophy program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Block works in philosophy of perception and foundations of neuroscience and cognitive science. He is currently writing a book on the perception/cognition border, The Border between Seeing and Thinking, and is co-editor of The Nature of Consciousness: Philosophical Debates (MIT Press, 1997). 

Ian Phillips, Ph.D., received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from University College London. As Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, his work lies at the intersection of philosophy and the mind and brain sciences. His areas of interest include the nature of perception; its relations to memory, imagination, and belief; the scientific study of consciousness; and our experience of time. He is the editor of The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Temporal Experience (Routledge, 2017).

Professors Block and Phillips’s topic for the 2021 Lebowitz Prize is "Perception, Consciousness and the Self." The winners will present their work in January 2022 at the APA Central Division meeting in Chicago, IL.

Nominations/applications for the 2022 Lebowitz Prize will open in early fall 2021; the deadline is November 30, 2021. Please click here for more information.


About The American Philosophical Association

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Founded on Dec. 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation's most prestigious academic honor society. It has chapters at 290 colleges and universities in the United States, nearly 50 alumni associations, and more than half a million members worldwide. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 42 U.S. Supreme Court Justices and more than 150 Nobel Laureates. The mission of The Phi Beta Kappa Society is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence. For more information, visit