CRISPP Essay Prize for Best Article

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CRISPP Essay Prize

Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy

About the prize

The CRISPP Essay Prize is awarded every year for the best article to appear in the previous year’s volume. Special issues, review articles and contributions to symposiums or debate pieces are not considered. We only look at articles that have been submitted as stand alone pieces, and have gone through the normal review process. The committee standardly consists of one of the editors and two members of the editorial board. The winner receives a cash prize, and their article is made free access for a year. 

The winner of the 2021 CRISPP Essay Prize, for the best essay in a normal issue published in Vol 23 (2020), goes to Luis Cabrera for his article, “On cosmopolitan humility and the arrogance of states” (Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 23:2, 163-187, DOI: 10.1080/13698230.2018.1497249) The Prize Jury consisted of Terry Macdonald and Jennifer Rubenstein. The Jury praised this article as follows:

‘In this clear, timely, and well-argued piece, Cabrera defends institutional and moral cosmopolitanism against charges of arrogant disdain for particularist moral insights. Conversely, he argues, it is firm claims for state sovereignty that should be regarded as arrogant, as these presume a collective right to disregard the moral standing and political insight of outsiders. He sketches a cosmopolitan account of what he calls “instrumentally oriented institutional global citizenship,” which he argues embodies political humility by actively supporting equal standing among citizens, and ensuring openness to input and challenge through democratic accountability. The Jury was impressed not only by the importance of the topic and the author’s intervention, but also the creative way that it integrated attention to political emotions with issues of institutional design.’

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