Philosophers Win NEH Grants


The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced $21 million in funding awarded to 248 humanities projects. Among them are ten (if I missed any, please let me know) which are directed by philosophers. Congratulations to the winners:

  • Christa Acampora; Mariann Weierich (co-project director), Hunter College
    $90,594 [Dialogues on the Experience of War]  
    Project Title: The Experience of War: Moral Transformation,Injury, and Repair
    Project Description: A discussion series on war and morality, principally for veterans from Hunter College and other campuses of the CUNY system.
  • Michael Blake, University of Washington
    $6,000 [Summer Stipends]   
    Project Title: Justice, Migration, and Mercy
    Project Description: A book-length study on the morality of migration, the rights of citizenship, and asylum law.
  • Jon Burmeister, Boston College
    $20,000 [Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants]  
    Project Title: NEH Enduring Questions Course on Work and Leisure?
    Project Description: The development and teaching of a new intensive six-week summer course for undergraduates on the meaning of work and leisure.
  • Michael Fuerstein, St. Olaf College
    $19,945 [Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants]  
    Project Title: NEH Enduring Questions Course on Value in the Marketplace
    Project Description: The development and teaching of a new upper-level undergraduate course to examine the marketplace critically and morally.
  • Jesse Kirkpatrick; Edward Barrett (co-project director), George Mason University
    $81,597 [Dialogues on the Experience of War]  
    Project Title: Coming Home: Dialogues on the Moral, Psychological, and Spiritual Impacts of War
    Project Description: Three discussion programs on the moral, psychological, and spiritual impact of military service, to be held at three locations in the Washington, DC area.
  • Barry Lam, Vassar College
    $6,000 [Summer Stipends]  
    Project Title: Soldier Philosophers: The Ethics of War from Soldiers who Served
    Project Description: A digital one-hour audio podcast on soldier-philosophers.
  • Jason Leddington, Bucknell University
    $6,000 [Summer Stipends]  
    Project Title: The Art of the Impossible: A Philosophical Inquiry into the Aesthetics of Magic
    Project Description: A book-length philosophical analysis of the aesthetics of theatrical magic.
  • Matthew Meyer; Kristin Schaupp (co-project director), University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
    $28,000 [Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants]  
    Project Title: NEH Enduring Questions Course on Happiness
    Project Description: The development and teaching of a new course for first- and secondyear college students on the topic of happiness.
  • Pablo Muchnik, Emerson College
    $6,000 [Summer Stipends]  
    Project Title: Rawls and Kant on the Public Use of Reason
    Project Description: A chapter of a book-length study on Kant’s notion of religion and politics.
  • Peter Vranas, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    $6,000 [Summer Stipends]  
    Project Title: New Foundations for Imperative Logic
    Project Description: A book-length study on imperative logic.

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