The American Philosophical Association has awarded its 2016 Essay Prize in Latin American Thought to BC alumnus Sebastian Purcell for his essay “Neltilitzli and the Good Life: On Aztec Ethics.” Sponsored by the APA Committee on Hispanics, the prize is awarded to the author of the best unpublished, English-language, philosophical essay in Latin American thought. Eligible essays must contain original arguments and broach philosophical topics clearly related to the experiences of Hispanic Americans and Latinos. Purcell will be awarded a monetary prize and his essay will be published in an upcoming issue of the APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy. Purcell completed his Ph.D. in philosophy at Boston College in 2011 and is currently an assistant professor of philosophy at SUNY Cortland. His research focuses on the areas of moral, political, and Latin American philosophy; the broad aim is to give an account of the entire ethical domain through a characterization of agents, motives, goods, history, social conditions, and their relations. Purcell also is the co-coordinator of the Latino and Latin American Studies program at SUNY Cortland.
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