Hunter Philosophy Professors Win Major Book Awards

Two new faculty members of Hunter’s Department of Philosophy—Professor Linda M. Alcoff and Professor Carol Gould—have just won distinguished awards for their respective groundbreaking books.

Alcoff’s book, Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self, is the co-winner of the 2009 Frantz Fanon Prize presented by the Caribbean Philosophical Association. The prize is awarded annually to recently published books that are “successfully making a significant contribution to Caribbean thought and successfully extending the pertinence of that contribution to the wider philosophical community.”

Among the concepts that the book examines are “Identities Real and Imagined,” “Gender Identity and Gender Differences,” “Racialized Identities and Racist Subjects,” and “Latino/a Particularity.” One commentator writes that the book “offers a careful analysis of the political and philosophical worries about identity” and “in several chapters…looks specifically at Latino identity…including its relationship to concepts of race…[and] the specific forms of anti-Latino racism….”

Gould’s book, Globalizing Democracy and Human Rights, is the recipient of the David Easton Award given by the Political Theory Section of the American Political Science Association for a recently published book in the humanities or social sciences “that has raised significant philosophical issues for political science.”

One review, pointing out that Gould’s book “contemplates issues of moral universalism and cultural relativism, racism, group rights, women’s rights, global democracy, globalization, stakeholder participation in the management of private corporations, the Internet, and terrorism,” goes on to say that “on most of the topics taken on in this book, [Gould] brings a distinctive and original viewpoint.” The award will be formally presented at the Political Science Association’s annual meeting, to be held in Toronto in September.