Congratulations to Stanley J. Konoval and Jason Cutmore for winning the Philosophy Department's Nordev Prize for the strongest prelim essays in the fall of 2019. Stanley's submission (in the history of philosophy) is entitled "Ascending and Descending Causality: Epigenesis and Mechanical Inexplicability in Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment." Jason's paper (submitted as a contemporary paper) is entitled "After 'High' Art: An Ontology of Musical Kinds." The committee found both papers to be deserving and decided to split the prize this year. View Jason and Stanley's graduate student profiles