Philosophical Prize Competition 2020/2021
Continuing the Enlightenment tradition of asking philosophical prize questions about highly relevant current issues, we seek in this format to philosophically confront the most pressing philosophical reorientations humanity faces in the 21st century.
The 2020-21 essay prize competition has ended and we have determined our winners. We will launch a new prize competition by October 2022.
How does the digitization of our world change our orientation?
The philosophical prize competition is organized by the Hodges Foundation for Philosophical Orientation, which is based on Werner Stegmaier’s philosophy of orientation. Stegmaier’s original German book Philosophie der Orientierung (2008) has been translated into English by Reinhard G. Mueller in an abridged and improved version as What is Orientation? A Philosophical Investigation (Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2019).
For this prize competition, we expect new contributions (i.e. not yet published in any form) from insightful points of view and with promising philosophical perspectives. We recommend that authors write approx. 30-120 pages of thorough and comprehensive philosophical research that clearly shows connections to the concepts of the philosophy of orientation (especially chapter 16 of What is Orientation?). Critical approaches are welcome, too.
Please submit your contributions in English by the deadline on October 25, 2021.
HFPO provides the following prize awards:
1st prize award: $25,000
2nd prize award: $15,000
3rd prize award: $10,000
Special student award: $5,000 (if no student is among the top 3).
The jury consists of the board of the Hodges Foundation for Philosophical Orientation (Tina Hodges, Mike Hodges, Werner Stegmaier, Reinhard G. Mueller) and additional reviewers. HFPO will offer to publish the best contributions.
Please submit your contributions by October 25, 2021 (midnight CT) to