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University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Mitchell S. Green (Project Director: March 2010 to June 2012)
Epic Questions: Mind, Meaning and Morality

A three-week institute for thirty school teachers to immerse themselves in an intensive treatment of topics central to philosophical inquiry.

Mitchell Green, the NEH/Horace W. Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Virginia, proposes a three-week Summer Institute to be held in July, 2011, aimed to provide high school teachers the knowledge and skills needed to teach Philosophy. This will consist in an intensive treatment of some main topics in the field selected with an eye to what teachers can most effectively bring back to their schools to enhance existing curricula. Topics to be covered will depend on the expressed needs of the Institute participants, but will be drawn from the areas of Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Ethics, Political Philosophy, and Bioethics. Throughout, the emphasis will be on enabling teachers to present these materials Socratically rather than in a lecture format. All sessions will be held on the Central Grounds of the University of Virginia, and administrative support will be provided by the University's Center for Liberal Arts.

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Project fields:
Philosophy, General

Institutes for K-12 Educators

Education Programs

$167,884 (approved)
$167,884 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2010 – 12/31/2011