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College of Charleston (Charleston, SC 29424-0001)
Christian Coseru (Project Director: March 2017 to present)
Evan Thompson (Co Project Director: August 2017 to present)
Jay L. Garfield (Co Project Director: August 2017 to present)

Self-Knowledge in Eastern and Western Philosophies

A two-week institute for twenty-five college and university faculty exploring the different ways in which self-knowledge is understood in Indian philosophical traditions and modern Western philosophy.

Self-knowledge raises difficult questions concerning the object of self-knowledge, the importance of self-knowledge to moral agency, responsibility, and decision-making, and the impact of various forms of moral and mental cultivation on self-knowledge. These questions arise in a variety of the world’s great intellectual traditions, including the many philosophical traditions of India, in particular Buddhism, and of Western cognitive science and its allied philosophy of mind. The best approach to these problems is therefore interdisciplinary and cross-cultural, and this Institute proposes to provide such a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural forum. The aim of this project is to help university teachers developing curricula to incorporate the insights that emerge from addressing these questions in diverse traditions and settings.

Project fields:
Non Western Philosophy; Philosophy, Other

Institutes for College and University Teachers

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$164,585 (approved)
$164,585 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 12/31/2018