Henry Krahn Wins 2020 Martha Lile Love Essay Award

Published: November 17, 2020

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Congratulations to our PhD student Henry Krahn for winning this year’s Martha Lile Love Essay Award with his essay “The Dilemma of Sanctioning: Blame, Responsibility, and the Participant Stance,” originally written for Brendan de Kenessey’s seminar titled “Morality and Accountability.” 

The adjudication committee composed of George Boys-Stones and Jonathan Weisberg described Henry’s essay as an “insightful examination of the point of practices like blame that we use to hold others responsible.” They continue, “The paper’s conceptual precision and careful argumentation guide the reader to a surprising and substantive conclusion: practices like blame do not serve to incentivize better behaviour,” and conclude that it makes for “a rewarding read, full of illuminating ideas that bring much clarity to a difficult topic.”

Heartfelt congratulations to Henry on his excellent essay, and many thanks to the judges for their work on the award committee, which read numerous superb nominations.

The Martha Lile Love Essay Award was founded 40 years ago to honour the memory of a Toront graduate student, Martha Lile Love, who won an essay prize at Smith College, where she completed her undergraduate degree in philosophy. Past winners of the Martha Lile Love Essay Award include Eliran Hazan, Dennis KlimchukJane FriedmanAchille Varzi, and Evan Thompson.