Shapiro Wins C$2.78 Million Grant for New Narratives in the History of Philosophy


Lisa Shapiro, professor of philosophy at Simon Fraser University, has won a C$2.78 million (approximately $2.04 million) grant to support her project, “Extending New Narratives in the History of Philosophy.”

The Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) will provide funding for the project for seven years.

Professor Shapiro writes:

The overall goal of the 7-year project is to change the standards of practice in philosophy to enable the discipline to become inclusive and diverse by retrieving philosophical works of women and individuals from other marginalized groups across historical periods from 1400 through 1940 and sustaining the presence of these figures and their works in the history of philosophy. It builds on an earlier Partnership Development project (focused on the early modern period) to cover more philosophers over a much broader historical period that includes the medieval period, the Renaissance, early modern period (17th and 18th centuries), and the 19th and early 20th centuries (up to 1940).  

We’ve identified four philosophical themes that will provide the scaffolding for the new narratives. Three are familiar: metaphysics and epistemology; ethics, social, and political philosophy; and philosophy of mind and philosophy of education. The fourth is less familiar, but essential to achieving our goal of making philosophy more inclusive: the metaphilosophical issues of what counts as philosophy and what counts as a philosophical work. 

Our work will include creating a range of resources for research, teaching, and general audiences. This will include expanding ProjectVox.org, SFU’s bibliographic database of philosophical works by women, and the New Narratives podcast series (available through iTunes), as well as developing and networking existing and new digital collections.

The partnership that the grant is supporting is comprised of Professor Shapiro and 11 co-investigators at 11 different institutions:

  • Marguerite Deslauriers (McGill University)
  • Corey Dyck (Western University)
  • Patricia Sheridan (University of Guelph)
  • Andrew Janiak (Duke University)
  • Karen Detlefsen (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Christia Mercer (Columbia University)
  • Jacqueline Broad (Monash University)
  • Dalia Nassar (University of Sydney)
  • Martina Reuter (Jyväskylä University)
  • Anne-Lise Rey (Université de Paris X-Nanterre)
  • Marie-Frédérique Pellegrin (Université de Lyon 3-Jean Moulin)

The project also involves over 70 academic scholars and librarians as collaborators.

You can learn more about the project here.


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