NYU’s Nagel One of Four to Receive Mellon Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award


NYU Philosophy Professor Thomas Nagel, whose research centers on political philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of mind, has received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Mellon Foundation. The award, up to $1.5 million over three years, is “intended to recognize a small number of scholars in the humanities whose work has been of the highest caliber,” according to the New York-based foundation.

Professor Thomas Nagel
Professor Thomas Nagel

New York University Philosophy Professor Thomas Nagel, whose research centers on political philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of mind, has received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Mellon Foundation. The award, up to $1.5 million over three years, is “intended to recognize a small number of scholars in the humanities whose work has been of the highest caliber,” according to the New York-based foundation.

This year’s other recipients are the following: Timothy Clark, a professor of modern art at the University of California, Berkeley; Harvard University Professor Stephen Owen, a scholar of Chinese literature; and Yale University Professor Joseph Roach, whose expertise is in the history and theory of theater, dramatic literature, and performance studies.

In its announcement, the Foundation said that Nagel, who has been at NYU since 1980, “has shown how careful philosophical thought can contribute to the consideration of important public issues.”

Nagel’s published works include the following: The Possibility of Altruism (Oxford, 1970, reprinted Princeton, 1978), Mortal Questions (Cambridge, 19 500

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