Epistemology
Prize Winners

2015 Winner

Sophie HSophie Horowitz, Rice University 
Title: “Accuracy and Educated Guesses” (PDF)

The Marc Sanders Foundation and Oxford Studies in Epistemology join in congratulating Sophie Horowitz as the winner of the Sanders Prize in Epistemology for her paper “Accuracy and Educated Guesses.”  Sophie is Assistant Professor at Rice University and her paper will appear in Oxford Studies in Epistemology.

Abstract:  Credences, unlike full beliefs, can’t be true or false. So what makes credences more or less accurate? I offer a new answer to this question: credences are accurate insofar as they license true educated guesses, and less accurate insofar as they license false educated guesses. I argue that this account can be used to justify certain coherence constraints on rational credence, and has other advantages over rival accounts of accuracy.

An Honorable Mention goes to David Barnett, the runner-up, for his paper titled, “Perceptual Justification and the Cartesian Theater”.

2013 Winner

Michael TitelbaumMichael Titelbaum, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Title: Rationality’s Fixed Point (PDF)

The Marc Sanders Foundation and Oxford Studies in Epistemology join in congratulating Michael Titelbaum as the winner of the Sanders Prize in Epistemology for his entry “Rationality’s Fixed Point.”

This year there were 61 entries for the prize which, after a rigorous review process, were reduced to an exceptionally strong field of 6 finalists.

Michael’s paper will appear in Oxford Studies in Epistemology along with the two runners up papers by Sarah Moss (University of Michigan) “Time-Slice Epistemology and Action Under Uncertainty” and John Bengson (University of Wisconsin-Madison) “Grasping the Third Realm.”