For the third straight year, 3 Quarks Daily will award a prize for blog writing in philosophy. Nominate what you think is the best philosophy blog post from the last year by 11:59pm EST on Monday night (September 5). Below the fold are both the full details of the contest and a very good video interview with the contest’s distinguished judge, Patricia Churchland, in which she discusses the neurology of morality (“neuromorality”). Early in the video she discusses the details of some neurochemical bases for moral feelings and behaviors and in the last 5 minutes she explains her atheism and has a very articulate critique of Sam Harris’s suggestion that science can settle moral questions:
The winners of this philosophy prize will be announced on September 19, 2011. Here’s the schedule:
August 29, 2011:
- The nominations are opened. Please nominate your favorite philosophy blog entry by placing the URL for the blog post (the permalink) in the comments section of this post. You may also add a brief comment describing the entry and saying why you think it should win. (Do NOT nominate a whole blog, just one individual blog post.)
- Blog posts longer than 4,000 words are strongly discouraged, but we might make an exception if there is something truly extraordinary.
- Each person can only nominate one blog post.
- Entries must be in English.
- The editors of 3QD reserve the right to reject entries that we feel are not appropriate.
- The blog entry may not be more than a year old. In other words, it must have been written after August 28, 2010.
- You may also nominate your own entry from your own or a group blog (and we encourage you to).
- Guest columnists at 3 Quarks Daily are also eligible to be nominated, and may also nominate themselves if they wish.
- Nominations are limited to the first 200 entries.
- Prize money must be claimed within a month of the announcement of winners.
September 5, 2011
- The nominating process will end at 11:59 PM (NYC time) of this date.
- The public voting will be opened soon afterwards.
September 11, 2011
- Public voting ends at 11:59 PM (NYC time).
September 19, 2011
- The winners are announced.
As I mentioned above, the contest will be judged by neurophilosopher and professor emerita at the University of California San Diego Patricia Churchland. In the video below she discusses her new book Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality. She has also written Neurophilosophy: Toward a Unified Science of the Mind-Brain, and Brain-Wise: Studies in Neurophilosophy On the Contrary: Critical Essays, 1987-1997, and co-authored The Computational Brain (Computational Neuroscience) with Terrence J. Sejnowski.