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David Harold Tribe Philosophy Prize


3 March 2017

This is the second David Harold Tribe Philosophy Award, with the first awarded toDr Tom Conley and Dr John Forge in 2010
This is the second David Harold Tribe Philosophy Award, with the first awarded toDr Tom Conley and Dr John Forge in 2010

The School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney takes pleasure in announcing the joint winners of the 2016 David Harold Tribe Philosophy Prize.

The winners, who will share the $12,000 prize, are:

Karen Green, A History of Women’s Political Thought in Europe, 1700-1800, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014); and

Colin Klein, What the Body Commands: The Imperative Theory of Pain, (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2015)

This year the judging panel comprised Emeritus Professor Stephen Gaukroger (Unit for the History & Philosophy of Science), Professor Will Christie (Department of English), and Professor Paul Thom (Department of Philosophy).

Of the winners the judging panel said:

Karen Green’s A History of Women’s Political Thought in Europe, 1700-1800 is a richly informative, intellectually gripping, account of the extensive influence of women philosophers in the world of learning in eighteenth-century Europe. The history of women philosophers had been almost completely ignored until recent decades, and although there is now some literature on early-modern women’s work in natural philosophy and metaphysics, there has been next to none on political philosophy until Green’s pioneering work.

Colin Klein’s What the Body Commands: The Imperative Theory of Pain deals with the nature of pain, a common and significant phenomenon, but one that poses particularly intractable problems regarding its nature. Klein offers a commendably independent and scientifically informed philosophical theory of the experience of pain, something relatively novel: understandably, given the complexity of the phenomenon.

Both books advance the cause of bringing high quality contemporary philosophy to a general audience, by communicating their ideas in non-technical language, with clarity, zest and style.

The prizes will be awarded at a ceremony at the University of Sydney in May.

This is the second David Harold Tribe Philosophy Award, with the first awarded to Dr Tom Conley and Dr John Forge in 2010. The Philosophy Award forms part of an awards program that supports a number of different cultural pursuits at the University of Sydney, and is made possible through a generous donation from David Harold Tribe through the David Harold Tribe Charitable Foundation.