The Lebowitz Prizes

The Dr. Martin R. Lebowitz and Eve Lewellis Lebowitz Prizes for Philosophical Achievement and Contribution are awarded by the Phi Beta Kappa Society in conjunction with the American Philosophical Association. The associated Lebowitz Symposium is to be presented annually at a Divisional meeting of the American Philosophical Association. Both societies are grateful to Eve Lewellis Lebowitz for her generous bequest, honoring her late husband, Martin R. Lebowitz, and providing a significant, tangible recognition for excellence in philosophical thought. The dialogic character of the Lebowitz Symposium, created by the gift, emphasizes the historic work of philosophy as a process of inquiry.

The Symposium program shall ordinarily consist of a pair of annual lectures to be delivered sequentially at a division meeting selected by the honorees, or lacking their agreement, by the Phi Beta Kappa Society. The topic of the lectures shall ordinarily be an important philosophical issue of current interest, and the lectures shall ordinarily be chosen to offer contrasting (not necessarily opposing ) views on that topic.

Honoraria for the symposiasts are funded from the endowment created by the Lebowitzs' $1 million gift.  APA members are eligible to nominate or self-nominate.  The winners will be selected by a committee appointed jointly by The Phi Beta Kappa Society and the American Philosophical Association, and ratified by the Phi Beta Kappa Senate.

 Previous Winners
2016  Ernest Sosa and Stephen Stich, "Intuition"
2015  Alvin Goldman and Jennifer Lackey, "Social Epistemology"
2014 Jonathan Schaffer and Jessica Wilson, "Grounding in Metaphysics"
2013 Anita Silvers and Eva Kittay, "Expanding Justice, Including Disability"

Nomination Process

1.  Fill out the Lebowitz Nomination Form.  The form includes space for the full names, affiliation, and email addresses for each speaker.  The nomination must consist of a pair of speakers who hold contrasting (not necessarily opposing) views on a topic of current interest and importance in philosophy. 

2.  Submit with the nomination form two 300 word abstracts.  Each abstract should be tailored to address the specific topic to be discussed as well as the approach of the speaker. 

3.  Submit a complete CV for each proposed speaker.

4. Nominations should include at least two letters of recommendation.  Ideally, letter writers will have knowledge of both proposed speakers.  Letters should address the stature of the candidate(s) and the relevance of the topic for current debates in philosophy.  

5. Please mail all materials electronically toJen Horneman.  If electronic submission is not possible, please send hard copy to:

Committee on the Lebowitz Prizes
The Phi Beta Kappa Society
1606 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Contact Jen Horneman for the deadline for the nomination form and materials.


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