Department Chair:
Katherine Thomson-Jones

Administrative Assistant:
Linda Pardee

Department Email:

Phone: 440 775 8390
Fax: 440 775 8084

King Buiding 105
10 North Professor Street
Oberlin, OH, 44074

News and Events

News and Events


Dahl Philosophy Prize

The Department of Philosophy, Oberlin College, announces the Dahl Philosophy Prize, to be given for the best undergraduate essay in philosophy submitted. Essays may be on any philosophical topic, and there are no restrictions as to length. They will be judged on the basis of philosophical insight, cogency of argument, and clarity of exposition. The same essay may not be submitted for the Dahl Prize and the Rhoden Contest.

Essays must be submitted (in double-spaced format, hard copy only) to Linda Pardee, King 105 by noon on Friday, April 28. A prize of $150.00 will be awarded to the winner. The selection will be made by members of the Philosophy Department.

The Dahl Philosophy Prize is given “to recognize and encourage outstanding work in philosophy by undergraduates at Oberlin College.” The endowed Dahl Philosophy Prize Fund was established by members and friends of the Dahl family, and its prize is awarded annually by the Department of Philosophy.

Nancy K. Rhoden Memorial Essay Contest

The Philosophy Department is pleased to announce the terms of the 2017 Nancy K. Rhoden Memorial Essay Contest.

The Nancy K. Rhoden Memorial Fund was established in 1990 to celebrate the achievements of Nancy Rhoden (OC ’74) in the fields of ethics — particularly medical ethics — and law. It is administered by the Philosophy Department, where Nancy Rhoden majored. Since it was established, the Fund has annually supported visiting speakers and an essay contest.

The contest will award prizes to be announced at the winners’ College graduation ceremony and printed in the graduation program. The winner will also receive a cash prize of $150.

This is an essay contest in the broad area of ethics, including moral theory, the philosophy of law, political philosophy, and applied ethics. Essays should be between 8 and 15 pages in length (double-spaced).

Members of the Department will judge the essays. The overall quality of the papers, with particular note paid to quality of argumentation and clarity, will determine the winners.

Please submit a hard copy of your essay to Linda Pardee in King 105 by noon on Friday, April 28th.

The Rhoden Essay Contest is distinct from the Philosophy Department’s Dahl Essay Contest. The same essay may not be submitted to both the Dahl and Rhoden Essay Contests.

The same essay may not be submitted to both the Dahl and Rhoden Essay Contests.