Call for Submissions
The E. Maynard Adams Prize


Deadline: Final papers due by 11:59 pm, December 31, 2015.

Sign Up Now

The Taylor Charitable Trust (TCT) through its partner, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Program in the Humanities and Human Values (HHV), is pleased to announce the opening of the second annual E. Maynard Adams Competition.

Our first year prize was awarded to one outstanding philosophy professor for the best essay addressing the philosophical views of E. Maynard Adams (1919–2003) as expressed in Ethical Naturalism and the Modern World-View (1960).

This was followed by a graduate student competition on the same topic in our second year.

This year we are soliciting papers from tenure-track professors in philosophy and religious studies on the topic of Adams’ Philosophy and the Modern Mind (1975) (The full text of the work is here and can be downloaded at no cost).

About Adams

E. Maynard Adams was Kenan Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a longtime faculty leader, and an engaged public scholar. He was the co-founder of the University’s Program in the Humanities and Human Values, its Peace, War, and Defense Curriculum, and served as Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Chair of the Faculty during his tenure.

He was a prolific author responsible for writing, co-writing, or editing 12 books and writing more than 100 scholarly articles and reviews. Adams’ philosophical ideas contain one of the most ambitious syntheses of logic, ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics in contemporary American philosophy.

The Taylor Charitable Trust obviously believes that Adams’ philosophical views are worthy of attention, but harbors no pro or con position regarding their merit as regards the annual essay competition. All submissions will be evaluated by a blind pool of judges unrelated to The Taylor Charitable Trust.


The E. Maynard Adams Prize recognizes the scholar who best demonstrates an understanding of Adams’ work, and the significance and implications of his ideas on the relationship between morality, epistemology, and metaphysics. In particular, contestants should evaluate the merits of Adams’ assertion that values are real, and that feelings and emotions are knowledge yielding.

Prizes will be offered once a year provided a minimum threshold of submissions is received. Submissions will roll over to the following year if there is no prize awarded in the year they are submitted. This process will repeat until the minimum entry threshold is reached.

IMPORTANT: Essays must not exceed 12,000 words, be double spaced, include page numbers, and use 12 pt. Times New Roman font. Margins should be set to 1” on right and left. Block quotations must be in 11pt. Times New Roman font, and be indented 2” on right and left. Professional standards for formatting of citations are expected (authors may choose which format best suits their discipline and approach). The author’s name must NOT appear anywhere on the paper. The first page of text must also include the title of the paper (without the author’s name).

Funding Specifics

Three prizes totaling $50,000.00 will be awarded by the Taylor Charitable Trust, which is solely responsible for the disbursal of the prize money, to three individual contestants.

 Checks will be sent directly from the Trust to the awardees. Awardees will be required to provide all tax documentation and assume all tax liabilities incumbent with the size of the award.

Eligibility Requirements

Preferred entrants will be active, tenure-track faculty in philosophy or religious studies. All entrants must submit an electronic copy of a letter on departmental letterhead from their advisor or department chair attesting to their status as an active member of the faculty.

Dr. Max Owre, Executive Director
Program in the Humanities and Human Values
CB 3425
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3425

Evaluation Criteria and Publication

Submissions will be evaluated by preliminary and final independent peer-review panels. They will be judged on their engagement with the subject as well as their independent value as philosophical essays. All submissions should be of the quality demanded by reputable journals in the field. The TCT and HHV ask that author’s notify them should they wish to publish and cite the competition accordingly. No submission may be published during the calendar year of the competition, nor before the winner is revealed.

Submission Process and Deadline

Entrants must submit their final paper, fully cited and in the proper format, by uploading their submission on the online portal at by 11:59 pm, December 31, 2015. Entrants must also upload the following documents: a short (2 page) CV and a brief letter of intent that confirms faculty status on departmental letterhead. This information is being collected solely for informational purposes and will not be shared or used in evaluating submitted papers.

If a minimum threshold of entries is received, the peer-review panel will begin its deliberations in January, 2016.

Questions about this program should be directed to Dr. Max Owre, Executive Director of the Program in the Humanities and Human Values, UNC-CH at