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June 28, 2017
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Kenneth Walden Wins the Inaugural Danto/ASA Prize!

The American Philosophical Association and the American Society for Aesthetics are pleased to announce that Professor Kenneth Walden (Dartmouth College) has been selected as the winner of the inaugural Arthur Danto/American Society for Aesthetics Prize for his paper, “Art and Moral Revolution.” The Danto/ASA Prize, in the amount of $1,000, is awarded to a member of the APA and the ASA for the best paper in the field of aesthetics, broadly understood. In addition, a symposium in honor of the recipient of the prize is held at the APA Eastern Division meeting, normally the next such meeting following the selection of the prize winner. This prize is in honor of the late Arthur Danto, a past president of the APA Eastern Division. Walden is assistant professor of philosophy at Dartmouth College. His areas of expertise are ethics, epistemology, Kant, and aesthetics. He received his Ph.D. from MIT. Walden has published … Continue reading

June 7, 2017
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Congrats to the Winners of the 2017 APA Curriculum Diversification Grants

The American Society for Aesthetics is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Curriculum Diversification Grant competition: Chris Jenkins, Associate Dean for Academic Support, Oberlin Conservatory Project:  The Aesthetics of African-American Classical Music Erich Hatala Matthes, Assistant Professor, Wellesley College Project: Art and Cultural Heritage Rossen Ventzislavov, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Woodbury University Project: The Aesthetics of Performance Art CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE WINNERS!!! Each will receive a grant of $5,000 to prepare the proposed diversity curriculum. These will be posted on the ASA web site in September 2017. This is a project of the ASA Diversity Committee, chaired by Thi Nguyen. To see the final curricula of the 2015 and 2016 winners, click here.

May 17, 2017
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Arthur Danto ASA Prize – Deadline 5/31

The Arthur Danto/American Society for Aesthetics Prize will be awarded to a member of the APA and the ASA for the best paper in the field of aesthetics, broadly understood, in a refereed journal, or an original book chapter or original essay published in a collection with a multiplicity of contributors. This prize is in honor of the late Arthur Danto, a past president of the APA Eastern Division. The winner receives a $1,000 prize. In addition, a symposium in honor of the recipient of the prize is held at the APA Eastern Division meeting, normally the next such meeting following the selection of the prizewinner. The nomination deadline is May 31, 2017. Nominees must be members of both the APA and the ASA in the year of the nomination. For the inaugural award, nominated papers must have been published in 2015 or 2016. Nominations must be from a person who … Continue reading

December 14, 2016
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New Arthur Danto/ASA Prize Announced

The American Philosophical Association and the American Society for Aesthetics are pleased to announce the establishment of the Arthur Danto/American Society for Aesthetics Prize. The prize recognizes outstanding published work in aesthetics in honor of the late Arthur Danto, a past-president of the APA-Eastern Division. The Prize will be awarded to a member of the APA and ASA for the best paper in the field of aesthetics, broadly understood, in a refereed journal, or an original book chapter or original essay published in a collection with a multiplicity of contributors. The award will be presented in even-numbered years, commencing in 2018. The winner will receive a $1,000 prize. In addition, a symposium in honor of the recipient of the Prize will be held at the APA Eastern Division meeting, normally the next such meeting following the selection of the prize winner. The symposium will normally include a summary of the … Continue reading

June 1, 2016
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Graduate Student Paper Prize Winners

Graduate Student Paper Prize Winners: Rocky Mountain Division & Center for Philosophical Studies The Rocky Mountain Division of the American Society for Aesthetics and the Center for Philosophical Studies (CPS) at Lamar University have announced the winners of the 2016 Graduate Student in Philosophy Essay Prize for the best papers submitted by graduate students in Philosophy. Wendy Bustamante, Texas A&M University Jeremy Millington, Temple University Eric Murphy, McGill University Ariane Nomikos, SUNY-Buffalo Prizes (funded by the Center for Philosophical Studies) will be awarded at the RMD meeting in Santa Fe, July 8-10, 2016, where the papers will be presented. The program is available here. Judges this year were Dr. Arthur Stewart, CPS Director, and Professor James Mock, of the University of Central Oklahoma.

May 18, 2016
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ASA Announces Ted Cohen Prize

To honor the enormous contributions of Ted Cohen to aesthetics and the American Society for Aesthetics, Andy Austin Cohen and the ASA established in 2014 a $1000 annual prize “to recognize writing that is clear, graceful, and unencumbered by jargon or academic clichés. It should examine serious problems in aesthetics while also giving pleasure to the reader.” In memory of Ted, his wife Andy Austin Cohen has generously funded this prize. The 2016 prize winner will be selected by a committee of three members appointed by the President of the ASA and will be notified by August 1, 2016. The award will be announced publicly during the national meeting of the ASA in Seattle, WA, November 17-19, 2016. The winner will be encouraged but not required to attend the meeting, and travel expenses to the meeting will be provided. The prize may not be awarded if, in the opinion of … Continue reading

May 4, 2016
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ASA Junior Scholars Essay Contest Winners Announced

The American Society for Aesthetics has announced the five winners of the Junior Scholars Essay Contest on the future of aesthetics and the ASA. First Prize: John Dyck, Doctoral Student in Philosophy, CUNY-Graduate Center Second Prize: Brian Soucek, Assistant Professor of Law, University of California Davis School of Law Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order): Robert R. Clewis, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Gwynedd Mercy University Peter Doebler, Hone Research Fellow for Museum Engagement, The Dayton Art Institute Sarah Gokhale, Graduate Student, CUNY The five winning essays will be posted on the ASA web site in early September. In addition, all five winners will present their ideas on the future of aesthetics and the ASA at the ASA Annual Meeting in Seattle, at a special session Saturday morning, November 19. We encourage everyone interested in the future of aesthetics and the ASA to read their essays and attend the special session to share your … Continue reading

April 27, 2016
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2017 John Fisher Memorial Prize Announced

The American Society for Aesthetics is pleased to sponsor the biennial John Fisher Memorial Prize in Aesthetics. The prize is awarded to an original essay in aesthetics, created in memory of the late John Fisher, editor of The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism from 1973 to 1988. The Prize is offered to foster the development of new voices and talent in the field of aesthetics The regulations for the competition are as follows: i)  Amount.  The amount of the Prize is $1,000. ii)  Deadline. The deadline for the next opportunity will be 15 January 2017. iii)  Eligibility.  The Prize is intended to foster the development of new talent in the field of aesthetics. The competition is limited to those persons who have completed the terminal degree in their field and are in the early stages of participation in their profession. Persons in doubt about their qualifications are encouraged to consult the editor of JAAC … Continue reading