Institute of Philosophy and its consortium partners awarded EC 7th Framework Grant of €1.5million

Wednesday 11 November 2009

The School of Advanced Study at the University of London is pleased to announce the award of an EC 7th Framework Grant of €1.5 million, under the Marie Curie Initial Training Network Call, to the Institute of Philosophy and its consortium partners (led by the University of Barcelona) for research into perspectivalism in thought and language. 

This grant, to be divided between the Institute of Philosophy and its consortium partners, will provide seven early stage researchers with the opportunity to spend periods of time at each of the consortium institutions, contributing to the research project at the heart of the bid: 'Perspectival Thought and Facts' (PETAF). Research will be carried out by the Institute in collaboration with its network partners: the universities of Barcelona (lead institution), Budapest, Geneva, St Andrews, Stockholm and the Ecole des Hautes Etude Science Social in Paris.

The PETAF project aims to serve as a European research and training platform for joint philosophical research on perspectivalism in thought and language and its consequences for our conception of objective, mind-independent reality. It will provide seven early stage researchers (ESRs) with the skills necessary for meeting the demands of top research in this area of philosophy, and the opportunity to apply and enhance these skills, and to acquire further, complementary skills, in professional contexts outside academia. PETAF comprises seven full network partners and five associate partners, four of which from industry. Associated partners are: Difusión, Centro de Investigacion y Publicación de Idiomas (Spain); Editions de Condé (France); Prover Technology AB (Sweden); Thera, Centre de Llenguatges i Computació (Spain); University of Aberdeen (UK).

The PETAF research programme addresses both foundational issues in metaphysics and in logic and semantics and local issues in more specialised areas in which perspective-bound cognition plays a pivotal role. Its training programme, conducted in close interaction with the projected research, consists of seven training modules, of which six are devoted to research training and one is devoted to complementary skills training. PETAF seeks to significantly increase the career opportunities and job prospects of its recruited ESRs, both inside and outside academia, and secondments with PETAF’s industrial partners are core elements of the training programme.

Professor Barry Smith, Director of the Institute of Philosophy, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to coordinate fundamental research in philosophy with our partners across Europe. It also offers us the chance to train, and I hope, retain, the best young thinkers in the subject who will go on to be the leading researchers of their generation.”

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