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George Gale

Certainly some of Justin Smith's stuff qualifies as public philosophy? Well written, aimed at a non-philosopher audience, with clear goals. What else could possibly be desired??

Eric Schliesser



The setup of this prize embodies a technological mismatch. In Rousseau's time it was expensive and difficult to print and publish a "long-form" contribution to philosophy or public thought. Not so now. A more appropriate use of web technology would require the publication of at least a long-list of entrants, before the proper judging and awarding of prizes begins. The extraordinary delay in advertising and then not awarding the prize and so belatedly publishing last year's prizewinner also betrays a clod-hopping technological disconnect. A more sensible procedure would be to invite contributions via some easy and private/public platform (eg Medium) the jury would then have to decide how many candidate essays would be made public and visible as candidates, then award the prize at the end of a suitable period of harvesting (such a method of judging seriatim would also allow for final decisions only to be made at the end of a period in which the field is ripening).Thank you for drawing our attention to Regina Rini's excellent essay.

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