Philosophers Among NEH Grant Winners


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced the winners of its latest round of grants. 

Among the winners are several philosophy professors. They’re listed below, along with their project titles and descriptions, grant amounts, and grant types:

  • Jose Bermudez (Texas A & M University) and Catherine Conybeare (Bryn Mawr College)
    Reconsidering the Sources of the Self in the Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Periods
    A conference and preparation of an edited volume of essays on the influential Sources of the Self: The Making of Modern Identity by philosopher Charles Taylor (1931–).
     $48,961 (Collaborative Research)
  • Richard Cohen (University at Buffalo)
    Emmanuel Levinas: Ethics of Democracy
    A One-week seminar for 16 college and university faculty on Levinas and democracy.
    $63,789 (Seminars for College Teachers)
  • Angela Coventry (Portland State University) and Elizabeth Radcliffe (College of William and Mary)
    David Hume in the Twenty-first Century: Perpetuating the Enlightenment
    A four-week institute for 30 college and university faculty on the Scottish thinker David Hume.
    $185,975 (Institutes for College and University Teachers)
  • Karen Detlefsen (University of Pennsylvania) and Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser University)
    New Narratives in the History of Philosophy: Women and Early Modern European Philosophy
    A conference on the works of early modern women philosophers (1500 to 1850) in preparation for an edited volume of essays.
    $50,000 (Collaborative Research)

Also funded is an education researcher’s project on philosophers of education:

  • Peter Gibbon (Boston University)
    What We Teach and Why: Philosophers of Education from the Enlightenment to the Present
    A three-week seminar for 16 K-12 educators on the philosophical foundations of American education.
    $105,000 (Seminars for School Teachers)

The NEH awarded grants totaling $29 million to 215 projects this round*. That means that only 1.86% of the grants, and 1.2% of the funding, went to philosophy professors.

* Correction: the original version of this post mistakenly attributed these figures to the 2019 year in total, rather than to the latest round of funding. Thanks to Malcolm Keating for the correction.

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