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New S-USIH Book Award: The John Dewey Prize

The Society for U.S. Intellectual History announces a new prize, to be given triennially, for the best book in the History of American Philosophy, broadly conceived. Funded by a generous grant from the John Dewey Foundation, this prize will be named The John Dewey Prize, and will consist of a cash award of $500. The prize will be given every three years, beginning in 2018, for a book of original scholarship published in the previous three calendar years. We honor the legacy of the Dewey Foundation, and its commitment to the scholarly study of the work of Dewey and American philosophy, and look to support one aspect of that legacy: the commitment to the historical study of philosophy and formal thought.

SUSIH currently awards an annual book prize for the best work in American intellectual history, and will continue to do so. The Dewey Prize supplements the already existing book prize by recognizing the history of philosophy and formal argumentation as a distinct area of study within the broader domain of intellectual history. But, in the spirit of Dewey, the prize will also consider “philosophy” to refer to a broader domain than a narrow and technical definition of the discipline of philosophy might allow. The Society will appoint a committee of scholars and issue a call for nominations in the year preceding the granting of the award. Since the first award will be made in 2018, the Society will announce a prize committee and call for nominations in 2017. The Society for U.S. Intellectual History thanks the Dewey Foundation and its officers for this generous bequest. Questions about The John Dewey Prize can be addressed to: Dan Wickberg, President, SUSIH at [email protected]