Philosophers Win NEH Grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced the winners of its most recent round of grants, and several philosophy faculty  are among them.

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They are:

  • Dorit Bar-On (University of Connecticut)
    Expression, Communication, and Origins of Meaning
    Project Description: Completion of a book on the origins of language.
    $60,000 Fellowship
  • Michael Jacovides (Purdue University)
    Springs and Principles of the Universe: David Hume on Laws and Causes
    Project Description: Research and writing leading to a book on the development of philosopher David Hume’s (1711–1776) theories of laws and causation.
    $60,000 Fellowship
  • Allison Kuklok (St. Michael’s College)
    The Status of Man in John Locke’s Natural Philosophy
    Project Description: Research and writing leading to a book on John Locke’s (1632– 1704) natural philosophy.
    $60,000 Fellowship
  • Gabriel Mendlow (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
    Thought Crime in Anglo-American Law and Legal Philosophy
    Project Description: Research and writing leading to a book on the criminalization of thought in Anglo-American law.
    $60,000 Fellowship
  • Nathanael Stein (Florida State University)
    Causation and Explanation in Aristotle
    Project Description: Research and writing leading to a book on Aristotle’s view on causation and his natural philosophy.
    $60,000 Fellowship
  • David Stern (University of Iowa)
    The First Complete Translation of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus
    Project Description: Research and translation leading to publication of a complete English-language edition of Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein’s (1889–1951) Tractatus (1921).
    $60,000 Fellowship
  • Ann Thebaut (Santa Fe College)
    Promoting the “Good Life” through Ethics Education
    Project Description: A three-year project to expand ethics education at Santa Fe College through development of Ethics Across the Curriculum workshops, an ethics certificate program, an “Ethics Bowl,” and community service activities.
    $100,000 Humanities Initiatives: Community Colleges Grant

There were a number of other projects of possible interest to philosophers, including, but not limited to: embedding ethics into the core curriculum at Montana State, developing an Oneida language and culture app and game, a history of humanist thought and disciplinary divisions, and a production of editions of some of Jean Bodin’s work. You can view the entire list of grant recipients here. In all, 188 projects received funding totaling $30.9 million.


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David Stern
4 years ago

Thanks for posting this, and for including the project descriptions from the NEH website. I’d like to note that as submitted, the title was “Retranslating the Tractatus: The first complete translation of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus and its sources.”

Brandon Beasley
Brandon Beasley
Reply to  David Stern
4 years ago

Congratulations Prof Stern! Quick question: what do you mean by “first complete” translation of the Tractatus? What is incomplete about the existing translations? Thanks!

David Stern
Reply to  Brandon Beasley
4 years ago

It’s the current translations of the German manuscript sources that are incomplete. “Notebooks 1914-1916” silently omits about 10,000 words of diary entries, while “Prototractatus”, the edition of the wartime draft of the book, leaves out the last fifteen pages of the manuscript (and completely rearranges the contents, so that they are in numerical order, not the order in which they was written down).