Thursday, January 20, 2005
Samuel Johnson once wrote that no one but a fool writes for any reason except money. The Communitarian Network—a group of academics and others dedicated to pursuing communitarian ideas in law—is taking that lesson to heart with a very market-oriented approach for stimulating thinking on the subject: cash prizes.
The group is offering three prizes of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 on "philosophical, sociological, or other elements of communitarian thinking. Deadline is December 31, 2005; selections will be made by a Daniel Bell, Hans Joas, and Amitai Etzioni. Click the link below for the full announcement.
The Communitarian Network invites you to participate in an essay contest on communitarian thinking!
Prizes: First prize, $10,000; second prize, $5,000; and third prize, $2,500.
Deadline: December 31, 2005. Winners will be announced by March 15, 2006.
Judges: Daniel Bell, Hans Joas, and Amitai Etzioni.
Eligible: All who are not employees of the Communitarian Network or members of their families.
Essays may deal with philosophical, sociological, or other elements of communitarian thinking. Contestants are free to explore matters concerning theory or specific policy issues on the local, national, or transnational level. However, it is required that contestants delve into communitarian thinking, especially of the responsive communitarian kind (see http://www2.gwu.edu/~ccps/index.html). Communitarian thinking must be evident throughout the essay; it should nurture and guide the analysis rather then be mentioned in the introduction and conclusion or only evoked occasionally. Essays critical of communitarian thinking are as likely to win a prize as those that seek to augment this line of work or show that its application leads to new insights, public policies, or normative positions.
The essays must be original. NO parts of them can have been previously published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
The Communitarian Network reserves the right to publish the winning essays.
The Communitarian Network also reserves the right not to award any prizes if the essays received are deemed not to meet the standards set by the Communitarian Network. However, in such a case the prizes will be added to the prizes available in future rounds of the same contest.
Submit essays to The Communitarian Network, 2130 H Street, NW, Suite 703,
Washington, DC 20052. Please address them "Attention: Contest."