Research prize awarded to St Andrews philosopher

Wednesday 5 May 2010

Professor Herman CappelenProfessor Herman Cappelen of the University of St Andrew School of Philosophical Studies will today be awarded a Professor Ingerid Dal and Sister Ulrikke Greve Dals Award in support of Research in the Humanities.

The prize is awarded by the University of Oslo on behalf of the Research Fund bequeathed by the two sisters Dal. This prestigious prize is not an annual or regular award, but is only awarded when the University of Oslo finds a worthy recipient in the fields of philosophy, linguistics or mathematics.

The award will be made at a ceremony to be held in the University of Oslo’s Institutt for Filosofi at 11am, when the Pro-Rector of the university will present him with a diploma and NOK 200,000 funding.

The award will be made in recognition of Professor Cappelen’s research into the theory of meaning, theory of truth and the nature of linguistic communication.

Professor Cappelen, who grew up outside the village of Tanum in the Southern part of Norway, said:

“I am Norwegian and I grew up in Norway, so this kind of recognition from the University of Oslo means a lot to me. I am the Director of a philosophical research center here in St Andrews, Arché, which collaborates extensively with the University of Oslo. This will help solidify and expand that collaboration.”

Arché is the University of St Andrews’ Philosophical Research Centre for Logic, Language, Metaphysics and Epistemology. Activities at Arché are currently centred on:

  • Contextualism and relativism
  • Foundations of logical consequence
  • Philosophical methodology

Further information regarding Arché activities is available at

Contact: Emma Shea, Communications Manager on 01334 462 167 or email [email protected].

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