Gorodeisky and Marcus named winners of Arthur Danto/American Society for Aesthetics Prize 

The American Philosophical Association (APA) and the American Society for Aesthetics (ASA) have selected Keren Gorodeisky and Eric Marcus, both faculty in the Department of Philosophy, as the winners of the second Arthur Danto/American Society for Aesthetics Prize for their paper “Aesthetic Rationality.”

In the words of the joint APA/ASA selection committee, Gorodeisky's and Marcus’s paper: is an ambitious and original account of the nature of aesthetic judgments. It reconciles a seeming contradiction between two commonplaces, which we can only judge for ourselves, and we can be led to doubt ourselves by the judgments of others. In an echo of the work of Arthur Danto, in whose name this prize is given, the paper is a model of how to marry core problems in aesthetics with issues in philosophy more broadly.

The Danto/ASA Prize, in the amount of $1,000, is awarded to a member of the APA and the ASA for the best paper in the field of aesthetics, broadly understood. In addition, a symposium in honor of the recipient of the prize is held at the APA Eastern Division meeting, normally the next such meeting following the selection of the prizewinner. This prize is in honor of the late Arthur Danto, a past president of the APA Eastern Division.

The article was published in the Journal of Philosophy 115 (3): 113–40 (2018)

“It is a great accomplishment and very satisfying for both Keren and Eric to publish this piece in the Journal of Philosophy, the flag ship journal of philosophy. And to be selected for this award, which is one of the highest recognitions that philosophy can bestow on one of its scholars, is truly an important professional accomplishment, and one that brings attention to their work and Auburn University. We very much appreciate the importance of this article and its impact in philosophy,” said Joseph Aistrup, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. 

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Last Updated: October 07, 2019