Barry McNamara  |   Published March 26, 2019

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Philosophy professor Ermine Algaier receives award from Advancement of American Philosophy for his paper on William James.

MONMOUTH, Ill. – A Monmouth College faculty member has won his second award from the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy.

ERMINE ALGAIER: His paper on William James won his second award from the Society for the Advancem... ERMINE ALGAIER: His paper on William James won his second award from the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy.Visiting Assistant Professor Ermine Algaier received this year’s Joseph L. Blau Prize, which is awarded annually to the author of the paper that makes the most significant contribution to the history of American philosophy from colonial times to the recent present.

Algaier received the prize for his paper “Correcting Perry’s Misleading Narrative: Historicizing James’s ‘Shady Excursions’ into Phrenology.”

Prior to teaching at Monmouth, Algaier received the SAAP’s Douglas Greenlee Prize, awarded to the best paper presented at the annual meeting by either a graduate student or a person holding a doctorate for five years or less.

Algaier earned his bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Youngstown (Ohio) State University, his master’s degree in philosophy from Brock (Ontario) University and a doctorate in religious studies from Temple University. He came to Monmouth in 2017 from Harvard Divinity School, where he was a postdoctoral fellow.

Former secretary of the William James Society, Algaier is managing editor of William James Studies, an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing high-quality scholarly articles related to the life, work and influence of James. He has published articles in Environmental Ethics, The Pluralist and William James Studies and has been awarded two Young Scholar Prizes for his writings on James.

The purposes of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy are: to promote interest and research in the history of American philosophy; to encourage original, creative work in the spirit of that tradition; and to provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas on American philosophy.

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