Decoration only; image of a hand holding a pen. Photographer: Maciek, Oxford Atelier

The Bernard Williams Essay Prize

The Bernard Williams Essay Prize in 2023 attracted a substantial number of entries responding to the question, 'What decisions should computers not make?' After careful consideration, three finalists - Lina Alrawashdeh (PPE, Jesus College), Wyatt Radzin (PPE, Brasenose College) and Chase Mizzell (PPE, Harris Manchester College) - were invited to Oxford to present and defend their essays on Wednesday, 29th November 2023. The presentations were then evaluated by judges: Professor John Tasioulas, Professor Peter Millican, and Dr. Charlotte Unruh.

The £500 prize was awarded to Lina Alrawashdeh, with Wyatt Radzin and Chase Mizzell as proximi accesserunt receiving £250. Patricia Williams also gave the winner the personal gift of a copy of Bernard Williams' Essays and Reviews: 1959-2002.

On the day of the seminar, the Director tweeted: "Three wonderful young people who did Oxford proud today. Our profound thanks to Patricia Williams, who honored us by presenting these brilliant students with their prizes. Many thanks to all who attended in person and online."

Read the news article from here.

Next opportunity to enter will be in Summer 2024



Competition Winners

Below is the winner of the Bernard Williams Essay Prize. Click on the image to read their essay.