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University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Mitchell S. Green (Project Director: March 2012 to August 2014)

Institutes for K-12 Educators
Education Programs

$192,526 (approved)
$168,060 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2012 – 12/31/2013

Funding details:
Original grant (2012) $180,574
Supplement (2012) $-24,466
Supplement (2013) $11,952

Epic Questions: Mind, Meaning and Morality

A four-week institute for thirty high school teachers on topics central to philosophical inquiry.

Mitchell Green, the NEH/Horace W. Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Virginia, proposes a four-week Summer Institute to be held in July, 2013, 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 the Liberal Arts.