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Peter Kivy Prize Announced

Tuesday, April 17, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Van Camp
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The American Society for Aesthetics is pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the establishment of the Peter Kivy Prize. The prize will be awarded to up to six people in 2020 to encourage new, unpublished work on the influence on the philosophy of music of Peter Kivy (1934-2017). 

Detailed guidelines will be announced later this year on this web site, the ASA Newsletter, and other venues. The submission deadline will be February 1, 2020, with announcement of the winning essays no later than June 2020. The papers will be presented at a special session at the ASA Annual Meeting in Washington DC in November 2020. The session is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 2020 and will be open to the public.

It is hoped that the papers will be the basis for an anthology or special issue of the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. Winning papers will be selected by an ad hoc committee of three ASA members, appointed by the ASA President in consultation with the Board of Trustees and the Kivy family.

Kivy served as President of the ASA and was Professor Emeritus of Musicology and Philosophy at Rutgers University. A statement from the Rutgers Philosophy Department said, in part:

After earning a BA and MA in Philosophy from Michigan in Philosophy, an MA from Yale in the History of Music, and a PhD in Philosophy from Columbia, Peter taught briefly at Brooklyn College, before moving to the Rutgers Newark campus in 1967. In 1978 Peter moved to the Rutgers New Brunswick campus where he remained until his retirement in 2015.
Over the span of his 49 year career, Peter’s countless lectures, 90 articles, numerous reviews, and 23 books—including 18 single-authored books published with Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Princeton University Press, and Cornell University Press, many of which were translated into Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Korean—established Peter as a giant in the field of aesthetics, and as the world’s greatest Philosopher of Music. Peter’s books were known for their clarity, insight, and depth of understanding, as well as their biting criticisms and sarcastic wit. Peter often commented on how much he loved to write philosophy. Indeed, Peter’s zeal for writing philosophy was almost an addiction, and he would become noticeably upset if he hadn’t written anything for a few days.   
Peter’s many honors and awards included a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Deems Taylor Award of the Amercian Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers for the best book on music (The Corded Shell), an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Goldsmiths’ College of the University of London and, most recently, the prestigious 2016 American Society for Aesthetics Monograph Prize for his book De Gustibus:  Arguing About Taste and Why We Do It (OUP, 2015). 


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