Philosophy Major, Grace Watkins, named 2016 Truman Scholar

Author: Catherine DeFauw

Congratulations to Grace Watkins, a junior philosophy major on being selected as a 2016 Truman Scholar. Established in 1975 as a living memorial to President Harry S. Truman, the prestigious scholarship includes $30,000 in graduate study funds, priority admission and supplemental financial aid at select institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and internship opportunities within the federal government. For more information Read More

Karl Ameriks voted 4th best Kant Scholar of the post-war era

Author: Catherine DeFauw

Out of 40 candidates, 320 voters picked our own Karl Ameriks as the 4th best Kant scholar of the post-war era.  
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Michael Rea selected as 2017 speaker at the Gifford Lectures

Author: Catherine DeFauw

University of Notre Dame philosophy Professor Michael Rea has been invited as speaker March 27-April 7, 2017 for the prestigious and historic Gifford Lectures at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Established in the late 19th century by Lord Gifford, a senator of the College of Justice in Scotland, the first lectures were delivered in 1888 and since then the series has garnered an international reputation for excellence. Read More Read More

Therese Scarpelli Cory Wins Prestigious Journal Prize

Author: Catherine DeFauw

The Journal of the History of Philosophy Board of Directors  awards an annual prize of $1,500 for the best contribution to the Articles section of the Journal. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the eleventh-annual prize is Therese Scarpelli Cory’s “Rethinking Abstractionism: Aquinas’s Intellectual Light and Some Arabic Sources” (vol. 53, no. 4: 607–46). Read More

Hope and Optimism Project Awards Nearly $2 Million to 18 Research Projects

Author: Brian Wallheimer


An interdisciplinary research collaborative between the University of Notre Dame and Cornell University has awarded nearly $2 million to 18 projects in five countries. The researchers will examine the theoretical, empirical, and practical dimensions of hope and optimism. The project, Hope and Optimism: Conceptual and Empirical Investigations, is funded through a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation and additional money from Notre Dame and Cornell. Read More

The Experience Project Awards $1.7 million to 22 Research Projects

Author: Wallheimer, Brian

A research collaboration that aims to build new understanding about how religious and transformative experiences occur and shape people’s lives is awarding its first round of funding with more than $1.7 million going to 22 projects. The Experience Project, a $5.1 million project supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, looks to answer questions about how religious experiences affect a person’s concept of God; how transformative experiences can affect a person’s identity, values, belief system and behaviors; and how religious and other types of transformative experiences differ. The project is co-directed by Michael Rea, a professor of philosophy, and Samuel Newlands, the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Collegiate Associate Professor in Philosophy — both of the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters — and L.A. Paul, a professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences. Read More

Philosopher's Software Program Mines, Analyzes Digitized Documents

Author: Gene Stowe

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Notre Dame Philosopher Grant Ramsey’s laboratory has produced a Big Data search-and-analysis tool to explore questions of definition, revolution, and trending in science. The application, evoText, already has access to a half-million articles, and pending agreements will add millions more. Ramsey, an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and a fellow at the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, came to Notre Dame in 2007. Read More

New NSF Grant for Training Ethical Leaders in Science and Engineering

Author: Catherine DeFauw

This new project, "Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM, is funded by a $410K grant from NSF. It will compare two approaches to training ethical leaders in science and engineering. One approach foregrounds leadership training, the other foregrounds training in ethics. The latter builds upon a current NSF grant, “Citizen-Scientists as Agents of Change: Training the Trainer in the Ethics of Science and Technology," on which the philosophy department's Don Howard and the Reilly Center's Melinda Gormley are PIs. The interdisciplinary team for the new grant draws expertise from Notre Dame's Graduate School, the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, and the Departments of Psychology and Philosophy. Laura Carlson, Professor of Psychology and Dean of the Graduate School is the lead PI. Don Howard (Professor of Philosophy and former director of the Reilly Center), Melinda Gormley (Assistant Director for Research in the Reilly Center), and John Lubker (Associate Dean of Students in the Graduate School) are Co-PIs. Read More

Notre Dame and UNC-Chapel Hill Philosophers to Examine Religious and Transformative Experiences

Author: Carrie Gates

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Whether as dramatic as the divine visions that inspired Mother Teresa’s work or as commonplace as the decision to have a child, certain events have the power to transform us. To explore aspects of these religious and transformative experiences, philosophers Michael Rea and Samuel Newlands of the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters and philosopher L.A. Paul from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences will co-direct a $4.8 million initiative called “The Experience Project.” Read More

Notre Dame and Cornell Philosophers Awarded $3.8 Million Grant to Study Hope and Optimism

Author: Carrie Gates

With a $3.8 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, Notre Dame philosopher Samuel Newlands and Cornell philosopher Andrew Chignell will co-direct a new research project called “Hope and Optimism: Conceptual and Empirical Investigations.” The three-year, interdisciplinary effort will explore the theoretical, empirical, and practical dimensions of hope and optimism, funding new research in the social sciences, philosophy, and analytic theology. Read More