Published October 12, 2015
The APA is pleased to announce that William Rapaport (University at Buffalo) has been selected by the APA committee on philosophy and computers as the winner of the 2015 Barwise Prize! Rapaport will receive his award at the 2016 Eastern Division meeting in Washington, DC. Learn more about this prize by visiting the Barwise Prize page.
Rapoport's areas of specialization include Linguistics, Knowledge Representation, Logic, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Critical Thinking, Cognitive Development, and Philosophy of Computer Science.
In 2014, he published, with Michael W. Kibby, "Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition: From Algorithm to Curriculum," in Adriano Palma (ed.), Castaneda and his Guises: Essays on the Work of Hector-Neri Castaneda (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter) 107-50.
The American Philosophical Association, in conjunction with the APA committee on philosophy and computers, has established a Barwise Prize for significant and sustained contributions to areas relevant to philosophy and computing by an APA member. The prize will serve to credit those within our profession for their life-long efforts in this field. It will also serve to acknowledge and to encourage work in all areas relevant to the "computational turn" which is occurring in our profession. Examples of areas of interest to the committee in selecting candidates for this prize include the use of computers in the teaching of philosophy; the use of computers as research tools in philosophy; the philosophical aspects of artificial intelligence; and the area of computer ethics.
The committee selected the name of Jon Barwise for this Prize because his life's work exemplifies a concern with research and teaching; his efforts are often embodied in the production of courseware and changes of curriculum. His contributions were significant and sustained. Jon, in fact, is a model for the kind of philosopher we seek to acknowledge with the awarding of an annual Barwise Prize.