The Royal Institute of Philosophy (TRIP) is delighted to announce the winner of the 2023 Nayef Al-Rodhan International Prize in Transdisciplinary Philosophy.
The judging panel has chosen The Right to Sex by Amia Srinivasan as winning entry to the new £20,000 annual prize designed to reward annually the most original philosophical research that transcends academic disciplines.
Chair of the judging panel Professor Constantine Sandis, Director of Lex Academic and Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire, says:
“Amia Srinivasan’s The Right to Sex is an extraordinary book that transcends disciplinary barriers. The author encourages readers to think with her through fundamental questions about gender, class, race, and power that are of utmost significance to the understanding of human behaviours. Every person in the world should read this brilliant book as soon as they can.”
The judging panel for this year’s prize was made up of Francesca Cacucci, Edward Harcourt, Michael Hannon, Lambros Malafouris, Stella Sandford, Susanna Siegel, Judith Simon, and Constantine Sandis. They selected five books from over one hundred submissions worldwide to be shortlisted. Alongside The Right to Sex, the shortlisted books are:
- Shahzad Bashir, A New Vision for Islamic Pasts and Futures
- Nancy J. Nersessian, Interdisciplinarity in the Making: Models and Methods in Frontier Science
- Carlo Rovelli, Helgoland: The Strange and Beautiful Story of Quantum Physics (Translated by Erica Segre and Simon Carnell)
- David Livingstone Smith, Making Monsters: The Uncanny Power of Dehumanization
The judging panel commended all five books for exemplifying excellence, showcasing remarkable originality and seamlessly integrating transdisciplinary research to provide an accessible, impactful, and engaging contribution to the understanding of human thought and action.
Professor Nayef Al-Rodhan said:
“We are approaching an era that will be defined by highly disruptive technologies, exponential neuroscientific insights, cascading geopolitical crises and social transformations redefining what it means to be human. Game changing transdisciplinary innovations will change both subject and theoriser alike. This will demand deeper philosophical introspection in equally transdisciplinary ways, to keep pace with the impending ethical and moral challenges as well as their political and societal implications.
“Transdisciplinary Philosophy and creative co-operation between academics in diverse fields will be invaluable in acquiring new knowledge. Together, we can help humanity progress towards more sustainable dignity,peace, security, and prosperity for all.”
More information on the Prize and the shortlisted books can be found here.