Caribbean Philosophical Association announces prize winners

The Caribbean Philosophical Association has announced the 2010 recipients of the association’s awards for philosophical literature and Caribbean thought:

The Nicolás Guillén Award for Philosophical Literature: Gabriel García Márquez “for his extraordinary writings, which stand among the greatest treasures of the written reflection and creativity of humankind.” 

The Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award: Bernard Romaric Boxill, The Pardue Professor of Philosophy at the University of NorthCarolina at Chapell Hill, “for his contributions to philosophical analysis in the service of social justice and the liberation of humankind.”

The Frantz Fanon Book Award: Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, What If Latin America Ruled the World?: How the Second World Will Take the First into the 22nd Century. London: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Export Edition edition, 2007.  The paperback will be released in September.

According to the committee, this book exemplifies extraordinary breadth of scholarship and the critical and imaginative spirit of the Fanonian legacy in its insistence on theorizing an alternative future premised upon a nuanced critique of the present.  

Angel Quintero Rivera’s Cuerpo y cultura: las musicas “mulatas” y la subversion del baile. Iberoamericana / Vervuert 2009. The committee awarded this book in recognition of its excellent scholarship and its integration of the social sciences and the humanities into a philosophical social theory addressing, among other things, the error of mind/body dualism and the impact of such thought on the formation of Caribbean identity. 

The awards will be conferred at the Caribbean Philosophical Association Cartagena, Colombia, which will be held on August 11-14, 2010.  Information on the conference is available at the following website: 

Information on the awards and previous winners is also available at: and

Photo: Gabriel Garcia Marquez by Daniel Mordzinski. See our earlier post on Mordzinski’s new exhibit in Madrid at Mordzinski exhibit includes portraits of Caribbean writers

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