Two members of the department--Assistant Professor of Philosophy Samantha Matherne and Norman E. Vuilleumier Professor of Philosophy Ned Hall--are among the recipients of awards from the Dean's Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship.
The purpose of the Dean's Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship is to provided financial support that will enable faculty to pursue "work on previously funded research, scholarship, or creative activity that does not currently have external funding or to launch exciting new scholarship or research directions that might not yet be ready to compete in traditional funding programs."
Matherne and Hall submitted proposals in the fall and a committee of eight faculty members then reviewed them and made the awards. Matherne's project, Restoring Edith Landmann-Kalischer to the Canon of Phenomenology, aims in part to make Landmann-Kalischer's contributions to value theory better known and more accesible through translation of three texts and the production of a critical introduction on her work. Hall's project, The Limits of the "Interventionist" Approach in Inequality Research in the Social Sciences, will investigate the extent to which the interventionist model employed by social scientists might "compromise or limit current inequality research" and will explore "whether and how other approaches might fair better."