NEWS: $4.4 Million Grant to Study Free Will

The John Templeton Foundation recently awarded Alfred Mele, the William H. and Lucyle Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University (FSU), a $4.4 million grant to “oversee a four-year project to improve understanding of free will in philosophy, religion and science.” Funding for the project, “Free Will: Human and Divine — Empirical and Philosophical Explorations,” will support international researchers (“who submit proposals to study the science, conceptual underpinnings and theology of free will”), research colloquia and a postdoctoral position at FSU’s department of philosophy over the next three years, a two-week seminar in the summer of 2012, and as much as $30,000 in prize money to “authors of essays on free will published in the popular venues.” Michael J. Murray, the John Templeton Foundation Vice President for Philosophy and Theology, is confident the project “will more deeply inform our understanding of the emerging empirical data, as well as of realties both human and divine.” To read more, click here and here.

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