Prinz responds to critics

An earlier blog post praised Jesse Prinz for showing how evolutionary explanations for male violence fall short and for offering alternatives. Prinz now continues the discussion responding to some of his critics.

Jesse Prinz: “A recent scientific paper advances the Male Warrior hypothesis, according to which men are evolved to seek out violent conflicts in order to get women. In a blog here on Psychology Today, I challenged this rape-and-pillage model of human evolution. I think the evidence given for the male warrior hypothesis can be better explained by appealing to some widely accepted assumptions about human history. In a spirited and thoughtful reply, fellow bloggers Mark van Vugt and Anjana Ahuja have come to the defense of the Male Warrior hypothesis. Professor van Vugt was an author on the study that I challenged, and his reply provides a welcome opportunity for further discussion. I am grateful for that, and I will here attempt to clarify why I resist the evolutionary explanation of male violence.”

Read more at Psychology Today.

Philosophy of War and Peace Prize


Next deadline: March 15, 2012

This prize is awarded to the best unpublished essay or monograph on
the philosophy of war and peace submitted for the competition.
Process: The winning entry is selected by a committee of 3-6 members,
appointed by the Chair of the APA’s Committee on Lectures,
Publications, and Research, in consultation with LPR committee

Frequency: Every 2 years (odd years)

Award Amount: $1,500

The Frank Chapman Sharp Memorial Prize was established in 1990 with
funds donated by Eliot and Dorothy Sharp and several other members and
friends of the Sharp family to honor the memory of Eliot’s father.
Frank Chapman Sharp was President of the Western Division of the APA
in 1907-08 and was a member of the philosophy faculty at the
University of Wisconsin from 1893 until his retirement in 1936. Dr.
Sharp was born in 1866 and died in 1943.

Submission Procedures

APA Members and student associates are eligible to submit unpublished
essays or monographs for the prize. Manuscripts should be between
7,500 to 75,000 words (between 30 and 300 double-spaced typed pages),
and not published OR committed for publication at the time of the
award. Undergraduate entrants must be philosophy majors (or something
close); graduate students must be enrolled in, or on leave from, a
graduate program in philosophy. Authors must be members in good
standing of the APA. Send the paper (electronically) with the title
and author’s name and affiliation on a separate page. Any identifying
references in the body and footnotes of the manuscript should be
removed. Deadline for submission: March 15, 2012. Submissions should
be sent via email to: Linda Nuoffer ( with the
subject line: Sharp Memorial Prize.

Previous awardees:

2011 – Dr. Seth Lazar (University of Oxford), War and Associative Duties
2009 – No award given
2007 – Jeff McMahan, “The Morality and Law of War”
2005 – Larry May, “War Crimes and Just Wars”
2003 – James Bohman, “Punishment as an International Political
Obligation: Crimes Against Humanity and the Enforceable Right to
2001 – No award given
1999 – Brian Orend, “A Theory of War Termination”
1997 – David Rodin, “Self-Defense and War” **
1995 – No award given
1993 – No award given
1991 – Barry Gan, “Anti-Warism: A New Pacifist Perspective”

** Published November 2002 as “War and Self-Defense.”

“If you see something, do something”

Cory Doctorow is right:

But “doesn’t look right” is culturally determined and informed by our conscious and subconscious biases. For people unaccustomed to mixed-race families, “doesn’t look right” means calling the police down on the innocent children and grandparents in your neighborhood. At its core, “see something, say something” isn’t about a war on crime, it’s a war on surprises, whose core premise is to mistrust and fear things you can’t understand.

The story that inspired him to say so is this:

Scott Henson, “a former journalist turned opposition researcher/political consultant, public policy researcher and blogger,” recounts how he was repeatedly stopped and eventually cuffed and detained while walking his granddaughter home through a park in Austin, TX. Henson is white and his granddaughter is black, and the police said that they were responding to a “kidnapping” call. But their response terrified the little girl and humiliated her grandfather. And it’s not the first time it’s happened to them.

(Thanks, Mr Jender!)