...Ruth Millikan. From the prize announcement sent to me by Tom Berry:
The University of Pittsburgh announces its award of the 2017 Nicholas Rescher Prize for Systematic Philosophy to Ruth Millikan, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Connecticut.
In a series of influential articles and books, Ruth Millikan has developed a remarkable body of work spanning the philosophy of language, the philosophy of mind, epistemology, ontology, and their interconnections with the philosophical foundations of the biological and psychological sciences. Central to her project is the systematic development of a deeply influential treatment of thought and meaning as biologically and historically situated categories. Drawing on evolutionary theory, Professor Millikan showed how to conceive of the representational properties of mind and language in terms of biological function, in the process clarifying, expanding, and deepening our understanding of a range of evolutionary concepts. This trailblazing work exemplifies a reconceptualization of philosophy as not merely informed by, or informing, the natural sciences, but as fully continuous with them.
The Nicholas Rescher Prize was established by the University of Pittsburgh in 2010 in honor of a distinguished philosophy professor who has served the institution for over fifty years. It is awarded biennially and previous recipients are Ernest Sosa of Rutgers University, Alvin Plantinga of Calvin College, Jürgen Mittelstrass of the University of Konstanz, and the late Hilary Putnam of Harvard University.