Philosophers Win NEH Grants


Earlier this week the National Endowment for the Humanities announced funding of $36.6 million for more than 200 humanities projects. How did philosophers do? By my count, there were seven projects led by persons affiliated with philosophy departments, with their funding totaling $1.1 million. (If I missed any, please let me know.) Let’s congratulate the winners.

Let’s also reflect on those numbers.

The winners are:

Arizona State University: $196,485
[Institutes for College and University Teachers] Project Director: Joan McGregor
Project Title: Extending the Land Ethic: Sustainability and the Humanities
Project Description: A four-week institute for twenty-five college and university faculty to explore sustainability through the lens of the humanities, the sciences, and contemporary concerns.

Indiana University,Indianapolis: $225,000 (Match: $23,623)
[Scholarly Editions and Translations] Project Director: Martin Coleman
Project Title: The Works of George Santayana
Project Description: Preparation for print and digital publication of American philosopher George Santayana’s Three Philosophical Poets (Volume 8), Winds of Doctrine (Volume 9), Scepticism and Animal Faith (Volume 8), and to begin work on Realms of Being (Volume 16). (36 months)

Mount Holyoke College: $117,601
[Seminars for School Teachers] Project Director: Thomas Wartenberg
Project Title: Existentialism
Project Description: A five-week seminar for sixteen school teachers to study philosophical treatises and other works relating to existentialism.

Grand Valley State University: $155,747
[Institutes for College and University Teachers] Project Director: Phyllis (Peggy) Vandenberg
Project Title: Moral Psychology and Education: Putting the Humanities to Work
Project Description: A four-week college and university institute for twenty-five participants, examining moral psychology and moral philosophy.

University of New Mexico: $160,000
[Scholarly Editions and Translations] Project Director: John Taber
Project Title: Dharmakirti on Thought and Language: Translation of PramanavarttikaSvavrtti, the Apoha Section (part 1: PVSV 24,14 – 45, 20)
Project Description: Translation of a section of the first chapter of the seventh-century Buddhist philosopher Dharmakirti’s work, Pramanavarttika (the apoha section, part one). (24 months)

Cornell University: $192,461
[Institutes for College and University Teachers] Project Directors: Nicholas Silins and Susanna Siegel (Harvard)
Project Title: Presuppositions and Perception: Reasoning, Ethics, Politics, and Aesthetics
Project Description: A four-week college and university institute for twenty-five participants, exploring the ways in which people’s presuppositions affect their perceptions.

Duke University: $64,971
[Collaborative Research] Project Director: Andrew Janiak
Project Title: New Narratives in Philosophy: Rediscovering Neglected Works by Early Modern Women
Project Description: Planning and hosting a four-day conference at Duke University in April 2016 on the works of three early modern women philosophers—Anne Conway, Margaret Cavendish, and Émilie du Châtelet—and the preparation of scholarly articles, a volume of essays, and materials for a website. (12 months)

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