Kamil Majcherek wins 2020 JHP Jan Wojcik Memorial Prize

Published: March 4, 2020

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With great pride and pleasure we announce that Kamil Majcherek, a current PhD student in the department, has been awarded the 2020 Jan Wojcik Memorial Prize from the Journal for the History of Philosophy. Every year the prize goes to one exceptional graduate student to support their travel for research or to present their scholarship. This year marks the second time a U of T grad student in Philosophy has received the honour; Michaela Manson took home the award in 2018.

Kamil’s main areas of interest are metaphysics and natural philosophy in medieval and post-medieval scholastic philosophy, as well as Latin palaeography. He is also interested in the influence of scholasticism on early modern philosophy. At the moment, he is directing his main focus on the topic of his dissertation, the scholastic debates (13th to 17th centuries) about the metaphysical status of artifacts, examining whether artifacts can truly be considered things distinct from natural things.

Kamil plans to use the funds provided by the award to travel to libraries in Germany (Erfurt and Munich), the United Kingdom (Cambridge and Oxford), and Poland (Krakow) to examine their extensive collections of medieval commentaries on Aristotle’s Physics, which constitute the main sources for his dissertation.

Jan Wojcik served as the Journal of the History of Philosophy‘s book review editor between 2001 and 2005. Generously funded by Jan’s family, this annual award of up to $4,000 aims to further the research of a graduate student working on a dissertation in any period of the history of philosophy.

Warm congratulations from the entire department to Kamil on this well-deserved prize!