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Each year, the Philosophy program hosts a Philosophy Essay Contest for students enrolled at James Madison University.  It is not necessary to be a philosophy major or minor to take part in the contest, but students wishing to submit an essay must be enrolled at JMU during the spring semester of that year.  Submitted essays may be on any topic in philosophy, and must be between 2000-5000 words in length. 

The winner of the Philosophy Essay Contest earns a cash prize (typically $200), and is honored at the yearly Department of Philosophy and Religion Honors Banquet.

For more information about the Philosophy Essay Contest, contact Dr. Thomas Adajian ( 

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