Philosophy Essay Prize

The winner of the Prize will receive £2,500 with his or her essay being published in Philosophy and identified as the essay prize winner.

2019 Topic:  The Significance of Paradoxes

Philosophers of logic and language and metaphysicians of substance, space and time have long been interested in paradoxes but so to a lesser degree have philosophers of mind and moral philosophers, eg in relation to self-deception, weakness of will and moral dilemmas. Essays are invited on the philosophical use of paradox. Authors may consider the implications of seeming or real paradoxes in specific areas of philosophy, where the paradoxes in question may be strictly logical or more informal, or they may examine the general significance of paradox for accounts of thought and of reality.

In assessing entries priority will be given to originality, clarity of expression, breadth of interest, and potential for advancing discussion. All entries will be deemed to be submissions to Philosophy and more than one may be published. In exceptional circumstances the prize may be awarded jointly in which case the financial component will be divided, but the aim is to select a single prize-winner.

Entries should be prepared in line with standard Philosophy guidelines for submission (see They should be submitted electronically in Word, with PRIZE ESSAY in the subject heading, to

The closing date for receipt of entries is 1st October 2019. 

Entries will be considered by a committee of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and the winner announced by the end 2019.  The winning entry will be published in Philosophy in April 2020.