Justin Humphreys Wins the APA’s 2018 William James Prize

The APA is pleased to announce that Justin Humphreys (University of Pittsburgh) has been awarded the 2018 William James Prize for his paper, “Disjunctivism and the Stream of Consciousness.”

The APA Eastern Division awards the William James Prize, in the amount of $300, to the best paper in the area of American philosophy that is accepted for inclusion in the APA Eastern Division program by the program committee through the normal process of anonymous-reviewing.

Humphreys is a lecturer in the department of philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. He graduated from the New School for Social Research in 2016, where his dissertation on Aristotle’s conception of imagination won the Hans Jonas Award. The dissertation argues that for Aristotle the imagination plays a constitutive role in practical and geometrical reasoning.

Humphreys’s area of specialization is in ancient philosophy. However, while his research is historical in scope, its goal is to pose novel questions to major philosophical texts. In doing so, he addresses issues in perception, geometrical reasoning, and moral psychology that are debated today. Humphreys teaches in a variety of areas, from biomedical ethics and social philosophy to epistemology and philosophy of mind. He is also currently working on a project to offer high-quality instruction in philosophy to elementary school students.

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