3QD Philosophy Prize Semifinalists 2011


The voting round of our philosophy prize (details here) is over. A total of 444 votes were cast for the 37 nominees (click here for full list of nominees). Thanks to the nominators and the voters for participating.

Carla Goller has designed a “trophy” logo that our top twenty vote-getters may choose to display on their own blogs. So here they are, in descending order from the most voted-for:

  1. Philosophy_160_2011_seminfinalist Common Sense Atheism: The Goal of Philosophy Should Be to Kill Itself
  2. Philosophy Bro: David K. Lewis' “On The Plurality of Worlds”: A Summary
  3. The Kindly Ones: Demarcation's revisited demise
  4. Philotropes: Singer's problem for heroes
  5. Rust Belt Philosophy: Spoken like a man who's never been poor
  6. Sprachlogik: Sketch of a Way of Thinking about Modality
  7. 3 Quarks Daily: What do we deserve?
  8. 3 Quarks Daily: Subjective Consciousness: A Unique Perspective
  9. The Constructive Curmudgeon: The Empathy Machine: An Unfinished Essay
  10. The Philosophy of Poetry: The Glimpse of Recognition
  11. The Philosopher's Beard: Morality vs Ethics: The Trolley Problem
  12. Tomkow: Self Defense
  13. Fledgling Philosophy: Potential and Possession: a Common Conflation
  14. Old Translations: Epistemic Trust and Understanding in a Model of Scientific Knowledge
  15. Sola Ratione: William L. Craig's knockdown argument
  16. Yeah, OK, But Still: Art, Ethics and Christmas
  17. PEA Soup: Williams, Thick Concepts, and Reasons
  18. The Consternation of Philosophy: Disgust, Magical Thinking, and Morality
  19. Specter of Reason: Merry Christmas, or, Ryle's Idiotic Idea
  20. Evolving Thoughts: More on phenomena

The editors of 3 Quarks Daily will now pick the top six entries from these, and after possibly adding up to three “wildcard” entries, will send that list of finalists to Patricia Churchland for final judging. We will post the shortlist of finalists here in the next days.

Good luck!