The Association for the Philosophy of Judaism is dedicated to encouraging new work in the philosophy of Judaism.
Our annual APJ Essay Prize will be awarded to new work in the philosophy of Judaism. The winner will receive $500 and will also have their paper published in Faith & Philosophy, subject to the ratification of the editorial team of the journal. We are grateful to Faith & Philosophy for their support of our prize.
We define the philosophy of Judaism broadly, to include any of the following:
- Philosophical engagement with any of the key texts of Rabbinic Judaism (Biblical or Rabbinic)
- Philosophical engagement with any of the key tenets of Jewish faith
- Philosophical engagement with any of the key concepts of Jewish peoplehood, such as communal identity over time.
- Philosophical engagement with classical texts of Jewish philosophy (including, but not limited to, the Medieval, Kabbalistic, Hassidic, and Mussar traditions) and with philosophers of Judaism, i.e. with texts and philosophers that dealt with any of the issues raised above.
2016 Prize: We are happy to announce that the competition for the 2016 prize to be open. All are welcome to enter and should send their finished essays, prepared for blind review, to daniwrabinowitz [at] outlook.com.
We are looking for submissions that engage in original Jewish philosophy with the rigour that’s characteristic of analytic philosophy. The prize will be awarded to a paper that advances:
- Philosophical engagement from a Jewish perspective on questions about the fundamental structure or constituents of the world, or
- Philosophical engagement from a Jewish perspective on the nature of persons or personal flourishing, or
- Philosophical engagement from a Jewish perspective on questions about God, God’s relationship to the created order, or Judaism and contemporary science.
Entries need to be unpublished, and should be submitted as MC Word documents or PDFs. Entries should be between 3,000 and 10,000 words in order to be considered for publication in Faith & Philosophy.
This year’s prize is generously supported by the Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc.
Deadline for receipt of entries is 05 January 2017.
2012 Prize: We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2012 APJ Essay Prize is Stefan Goltzberg (Cambridge University, Researcher Foundation Wiener-Anspach), for his essay entitled “Is the Bible a Fiction?” His essay has been accepted for publication in Faith & Philosophy.
2013 Prize: We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 APJ Essay Prize is Tyron Goldschmidt, for his essay entitled, “Commanding Belief”. Though we generally submit our prize-winning essays to Faith & Philosophy, Tyron’s paper responded to work that had been published in Ratio; for that reason, it was submitted there and has been accepted for publication.
2014-5 Prize: We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014-5 APJ Essay Prize is Gabriel Citron (Yale and Toronto), for his essay entitled “Dreams, Nightmares, and a Defense against Arguments from Evil.” His essay has been accepted for publication in Faith & Philosophy.
See here for past winners: http://www.theapj.com/essay-prize/