The Graduate Department of Philosophy is happy to announce that the 2020 David Savan Disseration Prize has been awarded to Catherine Rioux for her dissertation Rational Hope. The dissertation brings together insights from epistemology, philosophy of mind, decision theory, and normative ethics to explore the nature of hope as a doxastic attitude.
The David Savan Prize is awarded annually in recognition “of the excellence of a doctoral thesis in philosophy submitted and successfully defended by a student in the Graduate Department during the last calendar year,” and carries a cash prize of $1000. In particular, it recognizes doctoral dissertations that stand out for their “originality, rigour, and good writing”. These virtues are all impressively displayed in Catherine’s dissertation. Congratulations to Catherine, who is now an assistant professor at Université Laval – and also to David Barnett and Sergio Tenenbaum, who jointly supervised Catherine’s dissertation.
An Honorable Mention goes to Manish Oza and his dissertation Logical Form and the Limits of Thought (supervised by Gurpreet Rattan). Congratulations, Manish!