2008 Canadian Research Grants to Philosophers

SSHRC has posted the list of funded projects from the most recent Standard Research Grants competition. These grants are for three years. Last year’s results are here (plus lots of discussion on the politics of SSHRC in the comments section).

This year’s stats: 92 applications (2007: 88; 2006: 85, 2005: 96, 2004: 92), 28 grants, for a success rate of 30% (2007: 29%; 2006: 37%, 2005: 38%, 2004: 48%). Full stats here.

I went through the approx. 900 project titles for you; here’s a list of the projects that jumped out at me as being philosophy projects or where I recognized the applicants as philosophers. The list doesn’t give the department, nor does it give the grant selection committee, so some of these may have applied to a GSC other than philosophy–I don’t think there’s a way to tell. Also, As always, please email with corrections and additions. Congratulations to all (except the last)!

1. Donald C. Ainslie, University of Toronto $53,500 Hume’s bundle: scepticism and self-consciousness in the Treatise 2. Robert W. Batterman, The University of Western Ontario$84,984
Idealizations, singularities, and the applicability of mathematics
3. Deborah L. Black, University of Toronto $45,400 Cognition and the brain in medieval philosophy: the internal senses 4. Ingo Brigandt, University of Alberta$66,652
Integrating different biological approaches: a philosophical contribution
5. M. Bryson Brown, The University of Lethbridge $94,618 Raymond E. Jennings, Simon Fraser University Peter K. Schotch, Dalhousie University Preservationism: applications and extensions 6. James Robert Brown, University of Toronto$114,924
The nature of thought experiments
7. Phil Corkum, University of Alberta $18,424 Aristotle on ontological dependence 8. Peter S. Eardley, University of Guelph$32,585
The origins of ethical secularization: Aquinas to Luther
9. Carlos Fraenkel, McGill University $81,394 Religion as the handmaid of philosophy: the impact of Plato’s political thought on the philosophical interpretation of religion in antiquity, the middle ages, and the early modern period 10. Lloyd P. Gerson, University of Toronto$54,950
From Plato to Platonism
11. Pablo Gilabert, Concordia University $60,879 Basic global justice and the boundaries of normative responsibility 12. Jean Grondin, Université de Montréal$102,920
Herméneutique et déconstruction : le débat entre Gadamer et Derrida
13. Ishtiyaque Haji, University of Calgary $76,802 The relevance of free will to the intrinsic value of lives and worlds 14. Benjamin D. Hill, The University of Western Ontario$25,960
John Locke’s early epistemology and his practice of medicine
15. David A. Hunter, Ryerson University $54,3400 Belief and intention 16. Philip A. Kremer, University of Toronto$55,482
17. Thomas M. Lennon, The University of Western Ontario $21,095 Sacrifice: the philosophical significance of quietism 18. Bernard Linsky, University of Alberta$51,778
Studies in Whitehead and Russell’s principia mathematica
19. Peter Ludlow, University of Toronto $96,240 The philosophy of generative linguistics 20. Ginette Michaud, Université de Montréal$70,981
Édition des séminaires de Jacques Derrida -EHESS, 1995-2003
21. Marleen Rozemond, University of Toronto $29,000 The Achilles argument and the mind-body problem in the early modern period 22. Ileana Paul, The University of Western Ontario$47,700
Robert Stainton, The University of Western Ontario
Varieties of predication
23. Daniel J. Regnier, St. Thomas More College $54,791 Phantasia – imagination – in ancient Greek philosophy 24. Alexander Rueger, University of Alberta$70,930
Kant’s aesthetic theory in context
25. Robert Stainton, The University of Western Ontario $82,840 Benjamin D. Hill, The University of Western Ontario Henrik Lagerlund, The University of Western Ontario History of philosophy of language 26. Sergio Tenenbaum, University of Toronto$43,950
Good and good for
27. Douglas N. Walton, The University of Winnipeg $98,400 Argumentation in artificial intelligence and law 28. Richard Zach, University of Calgary$64,900
Dirk Schlimm, McGill University
The collected works of Rudolf Carnap

5 thoughts on “2008 Canadian Research Grants to Philosophers”

1. Anonymous says:

Two comments, 1) I believe Douglas Walton has now moved to University of Windsor. 2) I guess Peter Ludlow will have to forfeit his SSHRC now that he’s gone back to the USA.

2. Kenny says:

Congratulations on your project getting funded! And when you say 92 applications, you mean out of the 900+ total applications that 92 of them were in philosophy, and of those 28 got accepted?

3. Richard Zach says:

There were 2,731 applications. Of these, 92 went to committee 25 (Philosophy). Of these, 28 were funded. The list above may include applications that were funded through another committee (eg, classics, history, linguistics, law).

4. a logician says:

Not meaning to be rude, but I’m a little surprised to see a certain Dalhousie logician on that list. He’s near the end of his career and he’s only published a couple papers in his lifetime. It seems like grant money would be better invested elsewhere.

5. Richard Zach says:

Unless I’m missing something a) the “certain Dalhousie logician” has many more than a couple of papers (his CV is on his website) and b) he’s not the only one on the grant. So I’m not quite sure what you’re talking about.