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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

Charles Pence and Grant Ramsey win prestigious Sir Karl Popper Essay Prize from The British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Author: Catherine DeFauw

The decision of the Co-Editors of the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science is that the Popper Prize for 2013 should be awarded to Charles Pence and Grant Ramsey for their paper 'A New Foundation for the Propensity Interpretation of Fitness,’ BJPS 64 (2013) 851-881 Read More