New Prize in American Philosophy Announced

Nobel Prize Committee Announces New Prize in American Philosophy

AP - 1 April, 2010 Stockholm, Sweden.   The Nobel Prize committee announced today that for the first time since 1968 it would be adding an additional prize category in American Philosophy. This award, made possible by the Board of Directors' reversal of an earlier decision to permit no new additions means that American Philosophy will join those in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace.

"We have long believed that there needed to be a prize in Philosophy," said Marcus Storch, MD, who is Chairman of Nobel's Board of Directors, "and we have spent several decades trying to determine when and how to create one. Years spent studying the works of Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, Spinoza, Leibniz, Descartes, Hume, Kant, and Hegel left us with no concrete or practical directions to go. A period spent studying Russell, Frege, Quine, and Sellars offered brief clarity, but ultimately it was too bleak for our Nordic temperaments. Our inquiry breathed new life the day our Deputy Chairman Gunnar Oquist discovered a copy of *The Poems of John Dewey* at a yard sale in Bagghusviken; that day, we knew that the prize had to be in American Philosophy." Storch went on to comment that no other areas of philosophy will ever be considered by the Nobel organization as long as it exists. "There simply cannot be a better or more worthy area to study. Period," Storch said.

Like the other prizes, the recipient of the Nobel Prize in American Philosophy will be awarded a gold medal, a diploma bearing a citation and a sum of money. The prize will be open to nominations for the year starting 2011.


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