NEH Grants Recently Awarded to Philosophers

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced its latest grant awards.

Recipients include several philosophy faculty.

The philosophers and their projects include:

Martin Coleman (Indiana University)
The Works of George Santayana
Preparation for print and digital publication of Realms of Being (1942) by Spanish-American philosopher George Santyana (1863-1952).
($300,000/Scholarly Editions and Translations; with $36,000 matching)

Candice Delmas and Shelbi Nahwilet Meissner (Northeastern University)
Native American, Indigenous, and Land-Based Social and Political Philosophy
A one-week residential program for 28 philosophy instructors to explore social and political philosophy from Indigenous perspectives.
($119,827/Institutes for Higher Education Faculty)

John Doris, Shaun Nichols, and Laura Niemi (Cornell University)
Moral Psychology
A four-week residential institute designed for 25 faculty on the emerging interdisciplinary field of moral psychology.
($209,151/Institutes for Higher Education Faculty)

Courtney Fugate (Florida State University)
The Tetens Project
Preparation for publication of an open-access digital edition and English print translation of the first volume of German philosopher Johann Nicolaus Tetens’s (1736-1807) essays.
($300,000/Scholarly Editions and Translations)

Peter Hartman (Loyola University)
Medieval Theories of Consciousness
Planning and holding a conference on medieval philosophers’ understanding fo the nature of conscious experience (1200-1350).
($48,300/Collaborative Research)

Brian Henning (Gonzaga University)
The Edinburgh Critical Edition of the Complete Works of Alfred North Whitehead
Preparation for publication of two volumes of the Harvard lectures and one volume of collected monographs of English philosopher and mathematician Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947).
($297,170/Scholarly Editions and Translations)

Johannes Himmelreich (Syracuse University)
Good Decisions: Data Science as a Moral Practice
Research and writing a co-authored book on ethical considerations for the practice of data science.
($73,670/Dangers and Opportunities of Technology: Perspectives from the Humanities)

Ronald Sandler and Clare Palmer (Northeastern University)
The Ethics of Conservation Biotechnology: A Conceptual Engineering Approach
Research and writing a multi-author volume on the ethics of biotechnology.
($149,851/Dangers and Opportunities of Technology: Perspectives from the Humanities)

Ariela Tubert and Justin Tiehen (University of Puget Sound)
Robot Existentialism: Artificial Intelligence and the Limits of Rationality*
Research and writing a co-authored book on existential philosophy and artificial intelligence.
($147,840/Dangers and Opportunities of Technology: Perspectives from the Humanities)

The NEH awarded a total of $41.3 million in grants to 280 projects. Philosopher’s received $1,645,809 in grants for 9 projects, which is roughly 4% of total funds and 3.2% of projects.

Other NEH funded projects that may be of interest to philosophers include:

Jocelyn Olcott (Duke University)
The Value of Care: A Public Scholarly Exchange
Development of an open-access digital resource on the value of care, including a peer-reviewed blog and open-access working-paper series.
($249,998/Collaborative Research)

James Romm (Bard College)
Plato and the Tyrant: The Project that Wrecked a City and Shaped a Philosophic Masterpiece
Research and writing of a book on the ancient Greek philosopher Plato (c. 428–-348 BCE) and his relations with the notorious autocrat Dionysus II, based on letters by Plato previously dismissed as inauthentic.
($50,000/Public Scholars)

The full list of awardees can be found here.

Professor Tiehen writes: “Our grant was awarded through the NEH’s program, Dangers and Opportunities of Technology: Perspectives from the Humanities. For other researchers working on related topics, this program will consider a second round of proposals, with an October 11th deadline for applications. For this second round, they are especially encouraging applications for projects regarding the ethical, legal, and societal implications of artificial intelligence, a topic that has interested a number of philosophers.

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1 month ago

Congratulations to all. It is striking how large some of these grants are. Well done. It is so good to see philosophical projects get supported, especially in this time when immediate practical benefits are often asked for by granting agencies.