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A noted ethical theorist and philosopher and a pioneering Vancouver artist are the winners of this year's Molson Prizes in, respectively, the social sciences/humanities and the arts.

Wayne Sumner, 68, professor emeritus in philosophy at the University of Toronto, and Ian Wallace, 66, one of the founders of the Vancouver photo-conceptualist "school" and a 2004 winner of a Governor-General's Visual and Media Arts Award, are to each receive $50,000 as Molson laureates, it was announced yesterday by the Canada Council for the Arts. The prize, established in the mid-1960s, is funded by the council from a $1-million endowment donated by the Molson Family Foundation.

Sumner's books include The Hateful and the Obscene: Studies in the Limits of Free Expression and Abortion and Moral Theory. Wallace, a teacher at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design from 1972 to 1998, is a well-regarded artist in his own right and a major influence on such fellow Vancouverites as Jeff Wall.

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