Philosophy Projects Win Funding from the NEH


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced the recipients of its 2018 round of grants.Of the 253 projects funded, 5 are led by scholars in philosophy departments, with the largest award, $250,000, going to support the creation of 100 new animated philosophy videos by Wi-Phi: Wireless Philosophy.

Here are details on the funded philosopher-led projects:

  • A Philosophical Inquiry into Bias and Prejudice by Erin Beeghly (University of Utah). Research and writing of a book-length study on the problem of stereotyping. ($35,000)
  • Problems of Embodiment in Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway, and Mary Astell by Colin Chamberlain (Temple University). Preparation of three journal articles for publication on the notion of body and self in the works of three seventeenth-century women philosophers: Margaret Cavendish (1623–1673), Anne Conway (1631–1679), and Mary Astell (1666–1731). ($35,000)
  • Human Agency and Cause from Aristotle to Alexander by Rachana Kamtekar (Cornell University). Research and writing leading to publication of a book on the notion of moral agency in ancient philosophy. ($60,000)
  • Plato’s Philosophy of Mind: Soul, Body, and Forms in Plato’s Oeuvre Project Description by Suzanne Obdrzalek (Claremont McKenna College). Research and writing leading to publication of a book on Plato’s philosophy of mind. ($30,000)
  • Wireless Philosophy by Gaurav Vazirani (Yale; Squire Family Foundation). Production of a hundred short animated videos dealing with a variety of topics in philosophy. ($250,000)

A few other projects had philosophical content, but were led by researchers in non-philosophy departments. Leaving those aside, just under 2% of the grants were given to philosophers, who together received around 2.8% of the total $14.8 million funding awarded this round.

You can see the full list of NEH grant recipients here.

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