The contest is named for the pragmatist, William James, who is known for his eloquent and elegant philosophical essays.
Eligibility and Requirements
All majors and minors in philosophy at UNLV are eligible to apply for our annual essay contest.
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.
The winner will receive a certificate and a check for $250 and have his/her name inscribed on a plaque in the philosophy department.
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."