The Rutgers Epistemology Conference announces the fifth bi-annual prize for the best essay submitted to the Conference by a person with a Ph.D. obtained by the time of submission but not earlier than ten (10) years prior to the date of the conference. Thus, for the Conference on May 4th/5th, 2007, the Ph.D. must not have been awarded prior to May, 1997. The prize winning essay will be presented at the bi-annual conference and will be published (along with the invited papers) in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. The winner of the prize will receive an award of $1,000 plus all travel and lodging expenses connected with the Conference.

The essay may be in any area of epistemology. The essay must be limited to 5,000 words (not including footnotes and bibliography) and submitted on a PC-formatted disk along with three (3) printed copies. The essays will be judged blindly and, thus, the three printed copies (but not the disk copy) must be prepared in such a way that the author’s identity is completely masked. Only papers submitted in that fashion will be considered. Papers must be postmarked by November 25, 2006. The winner of the prize will be announced by February 10, 2007. Please include your email address in the cover letter accompanying your paper. By submitting the essay, the author agrees to have it posted on the Rutgers Epistemology Conference Webpage and published in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.

Please send all papers (along with the disk and a self-addressed postcard that will be returned to entrants acknowledging receipt of the essay) to:

The Young Epistemologist Prize
Philosophy Department
Rutgers University
26 Nichol Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2882



  1. Submitted on a disk? Is there any reason why e-versions by email couldn’t have been accepted?

    Were I to enter, I’d have to locate disk suppliers (haven’t had to own one for years)…

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