Winner of the 2016 David Savan Dissertation Prize, for best dissertation defended in the Department of Philosophy, is Dominic Alford-Duguid, for his work “Getting Properties in Mind,” supervised by Imogen Dickie and with external examiner Bill Brewer. The dissertation, writes Alford-Duguid, explores “how perception puts us in a position to think about the properties of ordinary objects (i.e. their shape, colour, and so on).”
The prize committee, Jonathan Weisberg and James Allen, praised the work for its evident qualities of clarity, rigour, and good writing. This prize, awarded annually, recognizes the excellence of a doctoral thesis in philosophy submitted and successfully defended during the last calendar year. A nominating letter from the thesis supervisor is required, and the award carries a cash prize of $1,000.
Dominic Alford-Duguid is currently a research fellow in the Department of Philosophy, King’s College London. He joined the PhD program in fall 2009 after completing an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, English, and Mathematics at the University of Toronto. His research lies at the intersection of philosophy of mind and philosophy of language. He also has secondary interests in the philosophy of mathematics, metaphysics, and the history of analytic philosophy.
For more information about his work, visit Dominic Alford-Duguid’s website.
Honourable mentions for the prize were extended to Jonathan Payton, Bryan Reece, and Benjamin Wald. Thanks to all supervisors who submitted nominations, and especially to the prize selection committee.