The Wilfrid Sellars Prize in Philosophy
Each spring, current UTA philosophy majors are invited to submit papers in philosophy in competition for the Wilfrid Sellars Prize. The author of the winning paper receives a cash prize of $250. The prize is named in honor of Wilfrid Sellars, whose published work includes significant contributions to metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science. During his career, Sellars held academic appointments at the University of Iowa, the University of Minnesota, Yale University, and the University of Pittsburgh. He is best known as a critic of foundationalist epistemology and was one of the first functionalists. His classic 1956 essay “Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind” played a major role in the postwar rejection of Cartesianism.