Call for Submissions: 2022 Du Châtelet Prize in Philosophy of Physics

The topic for this year’s prize is “Descartes’s Metaphysical Physics”, in honor of the 30th anniversary of Dan Garber’s highly influential book of that title


Deadine: October 20th

Submissions are invited on any topic relating to Descartes’s physics, from the details of his physics to issues in the epistemology, methodology, or metaphysics of his physics. Authors are encouraged to consider themes arising in Dan Garber’s 1992 Descartes’s Metaphysical Physics, or in the literature on Descartes’s physics that has developed since. The scope of the prize includes the reception of Descartes’s physics, and we welcome submissions that incorporate previously under-studied figures who engaged with Descartes’s physics during its reception in ensuing centuries.

The winner will receive $1000, an invitation to participate in a workshop to be held at Duke University (provisionally scheduled for March 28th-29th, 2023), and an invitation to have their paper considered for publication in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. The prize is open to graduate students, and to scholars within 5 years of PhD as of the submission deadline. Submissions should not exceed 10,000 words.

For details of the submission process, and for any other questions, please contact Katherine Brading (