The American Philosophical Association presented a national honor to Dr. Andrew Fiala, chair of the Department of Philosophy and director of the Ethics Center at Fresno State, for a column he wrote for The Fresno Bee. Fiala wrote the winning op-ed as part of a weekly column he writes for The Bee on topics involving ethics, religion and politics. It publishes every Saturday. In the award-winning column, titled “Without faith in humanity, cynicism grows and democracy becomes mob-rule,” Fiala writes about the level of distrust that Americans have for their political leaders and processes. The American Philosophical Association recognized five essayists, including Fiala, as part of its 2017 Public Philosophy Op-Ed Contest. Fiala’s column in The Bee will next appear in September.