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Prizes of the Canadian Philosophical Association

A number of prizes are awarded by the Association:                                                          

Faculty essay prizes (annual)

Student essay prizes (annual)

The CPA Book prize (triennial)


Essay Prizes

Prizes are awarded by the Association for essays submitted for the annual conference of the CPA: two faculty essay prizes (one tenured, one non-tenured) and up to three student essay prizes. One student prize is reserved for each official language.

General eligibility conditions: Only current members of the CPA may submit papers to the annual conference. Members of the Executive, members of the Board of Directors, members of the Administrative Committee and members of the Programme Committee (including the Program Chair) are not eligible for these awards.


Faculty Essay Prizes

The CPA offers two essay prizes for faculty papers submitted to our annual conference: Non-tenured Professor, Lecturer, Sessional Essay Prize; and Tenured Professor Essay Prize.

The two faculty essay prize winners will appear on the main program.



Non-tenured Professor, Lecturer, Sessional Essay Prize

Kevin Lande, "Pictorial Syntax"


Tenured Professor Prize

Matthias Fritsch, "Why Democrats Should be Committed to Future Generations"



Non-tenured Professor, Lecturer, Sessional Essay Prize

Manish Oza, "Fictions in Legal Reasoning"


Tenured Professor Prize

John Mackay, "Counterparts of times"



Non-tenured Professor, Lecturer, Sessional Essay Prize (tied) 

Landon D. C. Elkind, “Principia's logic as conceptual engineering” 

Hasko von Kriegstein, “Perfectionism, Knowledge, and Achievement” 


Tenured Professor Prize

John Hacker-Wright, “Phronesis and Contemplation” 


Non-tenured Professor, Lecturer, Sessional Essay Prize 

Devlin Russell (York University), “The Myth of a State of Intending”

Tenured Professor Essay Prizes

Christopher Byrne ( St. Francis Xavier University), “Aristotle and Scientific Experiments”

Georges Moyal (York University), « La disparition des formes aristotéliciennes - à propos d’une démarche clandestine dans les Méditations »



Non-tenured Professor, Lecturer, Sessional Essay Prize

Simona Vucu (Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies, University of Toronto),"Causal Powers as Accidents: Thomas Aquinas’s view"

Tenured Professor Essay Prize

Tim Kenyon (Brock University), "Peer idealization, internal examples, and the meta-philosophy of genius in the epistemology of disagreement"

Past winners of the CPA Faculty Essay Prizes


Student Essay Prizes

Dialogue, the bilingual journal of the Canadian Philosophical Association, awards up to three prizes each year to papers submitted by students for the Annual Congress of the CPA. Papers submitted by students are double-blind refereed together with papers submitted by faculty and others. One prize is reserved for each official language.




Ashton Black, "What Third-Party Forgiveness Has to Offer"

Lisa Doerksen, "Sceptical Hypotheses and Subjective Indistinguishability"



Guillaume St-Laurent, "Plaidoyer pour un évidentialisme minimal"

Andrew Molas, "The Limits of Simulation for Understanding Mental Illness: Defending a Steinian Theory of Empathy"

A.G. Holdier,  "On Useless Wights: An Aristotelian Critique of Fake News"



Daniel Rodrigues, “Civility, Trust, and Responding to Echo Chambers” 

Soohyun Ahn, “A Contextual Analysis of Values in Theory Appraisal” 

Jean-François Rioux, “Le pouvoir des anonymes (Hegel, Ricœur, Havel)"



Scott Metzger (McMaster University) , “Understanding the Welby-Russell Correspondence”

Jan Swiderski (Syracuse University), “Understanding and Metaphysical Coherentism”

Jean-François Rioux, "« Trois idées directrices de la philosophie de Dilthey »



Marie-Kerguelen Le Blevennec (Boston University) "Les droits culturels comme droits individuels”

Robert Matyasi and Damian Melamedoff (University of Toronto) "Moore on the Unreality of Agent-Relative Value"

Past winners of the CPA Student Essay Prizes



The CPA Book Prize

In philosophy, books are one of the most important means for communicating the results of research; quite often, they represent the culmination of a significant achievement in the course of a philosophical investigation. The Canadian philosophical community is an important contributor, in both English and French, of high quality philosophical research with an international reputation that shows the remarkable dynamism of philosophical life in Canada.

The Canadian Philosophical Association wishes to have these contributions better known and, to this end, has instituted a book prize

The Canadian Philosophical Association will award a maximum of three prizes for the best books in philosophy published by members of the Association. The amount of the prizes is determined by available resources. 


For a book to be eligible for a prize, it must make a significant contribution to philosophical research.

Text-books, collections of articles by several authors, conference proceedings and translations, except if they are critical editions, are not eligible for a prize. If there is a question about the eligibility of a book, the Selection Committee will have the final say in the matter.

The book must be published in English or French between October 1, 2018 and October 1, 2021.

Digital editions are favored, but both print and digital editions are accepted . 

The author of the book must be a member of the Canadian Philosophical Association for 2022 before the deadline of October 15, 2021.

Date of Submission

Electronic .pdf copies  of the book must be submitted to the Executive Director of the Canadian Philosophical Association before October 15, 2021. A pdf copy of any information that can help the committee in reaching its decision, such as book reviews, critical notices, etc. should be included. The Selection Committee might require up to 6 print copies of the book if the need for this arises.

The material should be sent by email to the Executive Director of the Canadian Philosophical Association to Print submissions can be mailed to The Canadian Philosophical Association, PO Box 68 Toronto “P”, Toronto, ON M5S 2S


2019 Winners:

Seymour, Michel et Jérome Gosselin-Tapp (Université de Montréal) — La nation pluraliste: Repenser la diversité religieuse au Québec.  Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 2018

Abizadeh, Arash (McGill) — Hobbes and the Two Face of Ethics, Cambridge University Press, 2018. 

The CPA would like to thank the members of the jury and its sponsors, Cambridge University Press and Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal.


Past CPA Book Prize Winners


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