Who knew? The Templeton Foundation has for years been funding collaborative cross-disciplinary academic projects on the philosophical “Big Questions”:
These “Big Questions” are the kinds of out-there topics that make philosophy seem bold and exciting to a college freshman but can feel thoroughly desiccated after a few years in graduate school: free will, the universe, evil, hope, consciousness.
The foundation, now under the direction of the founder’s son, an evangelical Christian, provides large (7-figure, in some cases) grants to applicants investigating issues that lie across the boundaries of science and religion and tend, critics say, to boost scientific and ophilosophical studies that have a religious usefulness.
Read the entire article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
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