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The CPA office is located in the heart of the Faculty of Philosophy at Saint Paul University

We gratefully acknowledge the University's continuing support.
Les bureaux de l'ACP se trouvent au sein de la Faculté de philosophie à l'Université Saint-Paul.

Nous remercions grandement l'Université pour son soutien continu.

The Canadian Philosophical Association is proud to announce the winners of its 2009 biennial Book Prize

Winners:
Anjan Chakravartty, A Metaphysics for Scientific Realism: Knowing the Unobservable, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Chakravartty's A Metaphysics for Scientific Realism: Knowing the Unobservable is an outstanding study in the philosophy of science that makes very important contributions to metaphysics and epistemology. The book skilfully develops an original and rich version of scientific realism, which is the view that the best scientific theories correctly describe both observable and unobservable parts of the world. The author provides strong arguments for substantial positions concerning the nature of properties, structures, causality, natural kinds, and approximate truth. The writing is clear and compelling, and the result is a strong contribution to the understanding of scientific knowledge.
Michel Seymour, De la tolérance à la reconnaissance, Les éditions du Boréal, 2008.
Michel Seymour cherche à faire, en développant un argumentaire philosophique de 700 pages, une théorie libérale des droits collectifs. Tout au long du livre, Seymour rattache sa discussion à un commentaire de l'actualité politique, afin de montrer les limites de l'approche adverse fondée sur la reconnaissance unique des droits individuels et l'intérêt de son approche alternative pour la résolution de conflits sociaux bien typiquement canadiens et québécois. Le livre de Seymour ne se distingue pas seulement par l'originalité de la position qu'il parvient à défendre, mais aussi par le chemin qu'il prend, en injectant dans le débat des considérations ayant trait à la « reconnaissance », thème qui est de plus en plus prégnant dans la philosophie politique en général. En bout de ligne, l'œuvre de Seymour constitue une contribution significative aux débats pour lesquels les philosophes politiques canadiens ont une reconnaissance internationale.
Catherine Wilson, Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity, Oxford University Press, 2008.
Catherine Wilson's volume addresses an important topic – not just at the historical level, but also because Epicureanism is an unacknowledged force to be reckoned with in philosophy even today. One of her principal objectives is “to establish that an intellectually compelling and robust tradition took materialism as the only valid frame of reference, not only for scientific inquiry but for the deepest problems of ethics and politics.” The quality of writing and the high level of scholarship provide a context for current discussion not only in the history of philosophy, but also on central issues in moral philosophy. As one reviewer has noted, “Wilson's book is interesting in that it raises important questions about what the history of philosophy should be.” It is a volume from which we can all learn much.
Honourable Mentions:
Jeffrey Reid, L'anti-romantique : Hegel contre le romantisme ironique (Québec : Les Presses de l'Université Laval) 2007.
John Schellenberg, The Wisdom to Doubt: A Justification of Religious Skepticism (Ithaca: Cornell University Press) 2007.
Martin Thibodeau, La théorie esthétique d'Adorno (Rennes : Presses universitaires de Rennes) 2008.
Evan Thompson, Mind in Life (Cambridge USA: Harvard University Press) 2007.
Sergio Tenenbaum, Appearances of the Good: An Essay on the Nature of Practical Reason (New York: Cambridge University Press) 2007.
Bas C. Van Fraassen, Scientific Representation (New York: Oxford University Press) 2008.


The CPA would like to thank warmly the members of the jury and its sponsors, Les Presses de l'Université Laval and La Chaire La philosophie dans le monde actuel for its generous support.