The Brandeis Philosophy Department is very proud to announce that our colleague Beri Marušić has won the Sanders Prize in the Philosophy of Mind for a paper coauthored with John Schwenkler of Florida State University entitled: Intending is Believing: A Defense of Strong Cognitivism (PDF) This prize is an annual essay competition open to scholars who are within fifteen (15) years of receiving a Ph.D. and students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program.

Here is an abstract of the winning paper: We argue that intentions are beliefs—beliefs that are held in light of, and made rational by, practical reasoning. To intend to do something is neither more nor less than to believe, on the basis of one’s practical reasoning, that one will do it. The identification of the mental state of intention with the mental state of belief is what we call strong cognitivism about intentions.

This honor is all the more impressive as it comes on the heels of Beri winning the 2016 Sanders APA Book Prize for his book Evidence and Agency.

Congratulations, Beri!


Jerry Samet
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Robert Greenberg

Eli Hirsch
Charles Goldman Professor of Philosophy
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Jennifer Smalligan Marušić
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