Philosophers Win Large ERC Consolidator Grants (updated)


The European Research Council (ERC) has announced the winners of its sizable “Consolidator Grants”, and several philosophers are among them.

The grants “are awarded to outstanding researchers of any nationality and age, with at least seven and up to twelve years of experience after PhD, and a scientific track record showing great promise”.

Philosophers winning the grants are:

  • Thomas Douglas,University of Oxford, Protecting Minds: The Right to Mental Integrity and The Ethics of Arational Influence (€1,960,264 / $2,235,944)
  • Tarja Knuuttila, University of Vienna, Possible Life: The Philosophical Significance of Extending Biology (€1,999,566 / $2,267,577)
  • Adina Preda, University of Limerick, Rights and Egalitarianism (€1,319,355 / $1,500,824)
  • Alena Rettová, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Philosophy and Genre: Creating a Textual Basis for African Philosophy (€1,997,762 / $2,272,338)
  • Robert Williams, University of Leeds, GRoup thinking: new fOUNDationS (€1,997,959/$2,266,755)

The ERC made 291 awards this round, providing €573 million (approximately $650 million) of funding. You can see the full list of award winners here, and data about the awards here.

(Note: this post has been updated; I had initially neglected to include Professor Williams’ grant.)

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