Each year, The American Society for Aesthetics awards a prize for an outstanding monograph in the philosophy of art or aesthetics that was published in the previous calendar year. The selection is made by a committee appointed by the ASA President. The committee members remain anonymous. The review of books by that committee commences in the spring of each year. Anyone may nominate a book. Self-nominations are encouraged.
To be considered, a book must meet the following conditions:
(1) the US publication date must be the previous year,
(2) the book must be an original work written in English,
(3) the author must be a member of The American Society for Aesthetics (in the case of joint authors, at least one must be a member),
(4) the book must be a monograph in aesthetics or the philosophy of art, including the aesthetics or philosophy of individual arts (‘monograph’ is intended to exclude translations, collections of essays, text books, anthologies, introductions and other works intended for a popular audience, and reprints of earlier editions). The judgment of the selection committee as to eligibility is final.
Nominations from publishers or individual authors should be accompanied by at least two copies of the book, and should be received no later than March 1. They should be sent to the American Society for Aesthetics, c/o Julie Van Camp, Secretary-Treasurer, 1550 Larimer St. #644, Denver, CO 80202-1602. The prize, which is $1000 plus reasonable travel expenses to the annual meeting, is announced at the annual meeting.
Outstanding Monograph Prize Winners
Peter Kivy (Rutgers University), De Gustibus: Arguing about Taste and Why We Do It (2016)
Paul Guyer, A History of Modern Aesthetics (2015)
Christy Mag Uidhir, Art and Art-Attempts (2014)
Kathleen Higgins, The Music Between Us: Is Music a Universal Language? (2013)
Whitney Davis, Queer Beauty: Sexuality and Aesthetics from Winckelmann to Freud and Beyond (2012)
Peter Lamarque, Work and Object: Explorations in the Metaphysics of Art (2011)
Dominic McIver Lopes, A Philosophy of Computer Art (2010)
Allen Carlson and Glenn Parsons, Functional Beauty (2009)
Rachel Zuckert, Kant on Beauty and Biology: An Interpretation of the Critique of Judgment (2008)