The John Alden Clark Memorial Prize is annually awarded to the Colby student whose contest essay excels in philosophical substance, creativity, and originality.

2016:

Griffen Allen for Does the Noumenal Person Suffer?

Rose Nelson for Addicted to Irony: Infinit, Jest, Kierkegaard, and Irony

2015:

Shelby O’Neill for Privilege, Bad Faith, and the Question of Action

2014:

Uzoma Orchingwa for In the Name of Profit

Kelsey Park for That’s Hilarious! Or not. The Implications of Self-deprecating Humor on Well-Being

2013:

Katrina Belle for Is Romantic Love a Delusion?

2012:

Alexander A. Barron for Wittgenstein and Formalism

Alexander L. Forsythe for Bergson, Art, and the Spectrum of Analysis and Intellectual Sympathy 

2011:

Caitlin Vance for How Can Works of Fiction Have Meaning?

2010:

Sei Harris for Tractatus 3.1432

2009:

Kris Miranda for Ethics of the Badass and the Beautiful

2008:

Will Price for Das-sein in Love: Embodiment and Being-With

Andrew Jurschak Literature in Africa:Revelation and Instigation

2007:

Claudine Davidshofer for Marxism and Morality: Dissolving the Paradox

2006:

Eric Richmond for Why We Are Not Obligated to Maintain Open Borders

2005:

Chris Surprenant for Kant’s Postulate of the Immortality of the Soul

2004:

Phil Scuderi for Aeschylus, Marx, and Ancient Greece: A Theoretical and Literary Critique

Chris Surprenant, A Reconciliation of Kant’s Views on Revolution2003 – Pete Osborn for Time In, Time Out, or Both: God Settles into a Relationship with Time.

2002:

Briana Wright for The Balancing Act: A Response to Frankfurt’s “Freedom of the Will and the Concept of  a Person” 
Jason Beal for The Unnecessary Continuous Condition of Courage2001 – Milan Babik for Political Economy and the Genre of the Novel: The Dehumanizing and the Humanizing Face of The Zeitgeist

2000:

Corie Washow for A Heideggerian Approach to the End of Life

1999:

Markus Johnson for Being Choosy

1998:

Brad Reichek forThe Wanderer’s Prayer

1997:

Katie Quackenbush for The Missing Dialogue: Finding The Philosopher

1996:

Nima Karamouz for God’s Complex

1995:

John Costenbader for Uroboric Depth in Sextus Empiricus’s Practical Criterion Caleb Mason For Holistic Belief and Aristotelian Akrasia

1994:

Sarah Pohl for The Metaphysics of Peanuts

1993:

Joseph Terryfor Nonsense is Useful (Or is that Nonsense?)

1992:

Caleb Mason forThe Man Who Mistook His God For A (Very Large) Hat

1991:

Andrew Williams forBiosphere II: Contemporary Scientific Consciousness and the Replication of Nature

1990:

Alan Yuodsnukis forDiverse Encounters…

1989:

Richard Main for Kripke on rigid designation.

1988:

Stephen Nason for In Which Po Meets Master Pooh and They Discuss the Nature of Man

1987:

David Fearon for A Kingdom of Ends: A Tragedy in Kantian Morality

1986:

Hans Fajerson for On Imagination as a Higher Faculty

1985:

Jennifer Armstrong for On a Definition of Violence

1984:

David Larkin for Letter from Prison

1983:

Brad Livermore for The Platonic Dialectic: An Unscientific Analysis

1982:

Eugene Bernet for The Evolution of Conditioned Genesis

1981:

Diana Fuss for A Re-evaluation of the Gospels as Literature: Essays on Biblical Criticism, GospelGenre, and The Gospel of Mark

1980:

Jim Lowe for The Theory of the Soul in Plato’s Phaedrus

1979:

Nicholas Mencher for Social Interaction and Epictetus’ Apatheia

1978:

David M. Rice for Causation and Freedom of the Will

1977:

Thomas Hearne for Self-Defense in Theory and Practice

1976:

Leon Bradbury for Quine and the Indeterminacy of Translation

1975:

Daniel H. Cohen for The Divided Line: A Mathematical Look at Socrates’ Levels of Cognition