Each year the School offers two prizes for outstanding work in philosophy. Each award is judged, at year's end, by a panel of three philosophy staff (one each from Melbourne, Strathfield and Brisbane campuses).
Most Promising Essay by a New Student
This prize is awarded to a first year student, who has shown exceptional promise as a beginning student of philosophy.
Eligibility: Students must have completed a minimum of two philosophy units in their first year (the applicable year of the prize)
Award: The student receives a book voucher to the value of $150.
Thi Bich Tram Do (Strathfield) Mental Content and Language
Joseph Doyle (Brisbane) Just War and the Kosovo NATO Intervention Sabrina Morgan-Deller (Strathfield) Jackson’s Knowledge Argument
Ben Amos (Brisbane) Justifications for War
Maggie Wilson (Melbourne) Sartre’s Account of Human Nature
Daniel Bull (Brisbane) Courage and Absurdism
Emily Margetts (Brisbane) A Critique of Descartes’ Dualism
Madeline Niemann (Strathfield) A Modern and an Ancient Theory of Human Nature
Best Philosophical Essay in an Advanced Undergraduate Unit
This prize is awarded to an established student of philosophy who is judged to have produced the best philosophical essay for the applicable academic year in either a second or third year philosophy unit.
Eligibility: The student must be on track to completing (or have recently completed) a philosophy major at ACU.
Award: The prize is a book voucher to the value of $250.
Brogan Harrison (Brisbane campus) Autonomy in Bioethics
Hannah Lawsen (Brisbane) Individual Egoistic Maturity and its Power to Shift Society
Alison Drewitt-Smith (Strathfield) The Ethical Treatment of Animals
Emma Wernicke (Strathfield) Is Semantics or Pragmatics Prior in the Theory of Meaning?
Rajat Acharya (Brisbane) Kant and the Egoic History of Modern Philosophy
Adalbert Imperial (Brisbane) To What Extent is Eckhart a Faithful Disciple of Aquinas?
Jonathan Hili (Melbourne) The Concept of Religious Knowledge, and Religious Education
Nomination and judging procedures
Philosophy staff may nominate essays in either category. Philosophy students are also most welcome to nominate their own, or another students' work. All nominations should be emailed to Dr John Quilter, Chair of the essay award committee. The closing date by which all 2017 prize nominations are to be received is Friday 8 December 2017.