William James Philosophical Essay Contest
All majors and minors in Philosophy at UNLV are eligible to apply for
our annual essay contest. The contest is named for the
pragmatist William James, who is known for his eloquent and elegant
philosophical essays. Submissions may be on any philosophical
topic and from any philosophical approach. Submissions may be a
term paper or a revised term paper no longer than 30 pages (preferably
shorter). We are particular interested in essays that contain a
single sustained philosophical argument.
will receive a certificate
and a check for $250 and have his/her name inscribed on a plaque in the
Each student may submit one essay per year, and former recipients are
not eligible. Please include a current mailing and email address
with your submission. Essays should be submitted in person at CDC
#4 to "Student Awards Committee / Essay Contest."
for the 2015 award are due by 2pm on Monday, March 2, 2015.
Past Recipients of the William James Essay
(formerly the Award for Excellence in Philosophy)
Steven Berghel and Kristen Hurd