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Gotthelf Prize

The Allan Gotthelf Prize in Classical Studies

The Allan Gotthelf Prize currently consists of $100 and recognition on a permanent wall plaque in the Philosophy department office. It is awarded annually to an outstanding graduating senior at The College of New Jersey, who is chosen by the Classical Studies Faculty. Students need not apply. All students who have completed the requirements for a classical studies self-designed major, interdisciplinary concentration, or minor by the time of their graduation are considered.  The winner is announced at the student’s major departmental graduation ceremony.

This prize is awarded in honor of Professor Allan Gotthelf. Professor Gotthelf was the inspiration and the driving force behind the establishment of a Classical Studies Program at The College of New Jersey. He dedicated himself passionately to its success, and he worked tirelessly to ensure its ongoing place in the curriculum. His commitment and respect for Gotthelfstudents will continue to be acknowledged with the annual award of the Gotthelf Prize.

The Classical Studies program is working to finance the Gotthelf Prize in perpetuity and to increase its monetary value through the solicitation of donations for an endowed fund in Professor Gotthelf’s name.  If you are interested in contributing to the fund, please go to the College’s donation web page and choose “Specialized Fund Drive.”

Allan Gotthelf received a B.S. (Brooklyn College) and M.A. (Penn State) in Mathematics, then an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University. He began his teaching career at Wesleyan University (Conn.), coming to TCNJ in 1969. He has also taught on a visiting basis at Swarthmore College and (at the graduate level) at Georgetown University, Oxford University, and Tokyo Metropolitan University. He has edited several books and authored many articles on various aspects of ancient philosophy, chiefly on the way important aspects of Aristotle’s philosophical thought are illuminated by a close study of Aristotle’s biological works. He also specializes in the philosophy of Ayn Rand, a 20th-century philosopher influenced by Aristotle, and published a book, On Ayn Rand, in the Wadsworth Philosophers Series in 2000. In Spring 2001 he was a visiting member of the Institute for Advanced Studies, in Princeton, and in Fall 2002, he was in a visiting position at the University of Texas at Austin.  Since 2003, he has served as visiting professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh.