Colin and Ailsa Turbayne International Berkeley Essay Prize Competition

Berkeley Prize Winners

Except as noted, all affiliations are believed to be current; please report any corrections to the University of Rochester Philosophy Department. Winners are listed according to the year in which the prize was awarded.

2021: Two Winning Essays

Todd DeRose, The Ohio State University, "Experience Itself Must Be Taught To Read and Write:" Scientific Practice and Berkeley's Language of Nature

Keota Fields, University of Massachusetts, "Berkeley On the Meaning of General Terms"

2019: Two Winning Essays

Manuel Fasko, University of Zurich, Switzerland, "Representation, Resemblance and the Scope of George Berkeley's Likeness Principle"

Peter West, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, "Anti-representationalism in Berkeley and Sergeant"

2017: No Winning Essays


Nancy E. Kendrick, Wheaton College, Massachusetts, "The 'Empty Amusement' of Willing: Berkeley on Agent Causation"


Thomas Curtin, Trinity College, Dublin, “Berkeley's Conception of Causal Power”


Stefan Storrie, Trinity College, Dublin, “Berkeley's apparent Cartesianism in De Motu”


Sukjae Lee, Ohio State University “Berkeley on the Activity of Spirits”


Jeffrey McDonough, Harvard University, “Berkeley, Human Agency and Divine Concurrentism”


Laurence Carlin, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, “Leibniz and Berkeley on Phenomenalism and Teleology”


Michael Collins Allers, “A Worry about Divine Perception in Berkeley's Philosophy”

2001: Two Winning Essays

John Carriero, University of California at Los Angeles, “Immaterialism, The New Science, and Immediate Perception.”

Todd Ryan, Trinity College, “A New Account of Berkeley's Likeness Principle”


Margaret Atherton, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, “Mr. Abbot and Professor Fraser: A 19th Century Debate about Berkeley's Theory of Vision,” published as Report 19/96 Forschungsgruppe, Perception and the Role of Evolutionary Internalized Regularities, Zentrum fuer interdiziplinaere Forschung, University of Beilefeld, 1996.


No Award


Stephen Harris, College of William and Mary (affiliation when prize was awarded), “Berkeley's Argument from Perceptual Relativity”

1993: Two Winning Essays

George Pappas, Ohio State University, “Berkeley and Scepticism,” published in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, LIX, March, 1999

Alan Hausman, Hunter College of City University of New York, and David Hausman, “A New Approach to Berkeley's Ideal Reality,” published in Berkeley's Metaphysics, edited by Robert G. Muehlmann (1995).


Lisa Downing, Ohio State University, “Berkeley's Case Against Realism About Dynamics,” published in Berkeley's Metaphysics, edited by Robert G. Muehlmann (1995).  pp. 197-214


Robert G. Muehlmann, University of Western Ontario, “The Substance of Berkeley's Philosophy,” published in Berkeley's Metaphysics, edited by Robert G. Muehlmann (1995). pp. 89-105


Philip D. Cummins, University of Iowa, “Berkeley's Manifest Qualities Thesis,” published Journal of the History of Philosophy, 28 (1990), pp. 385-401; reprinted in Berkeley's Metaphysics, edited by Robert G. Muehlmann (1995). pp. 107-127

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