Self-Knowledge in Eastern and Western Philosophies

May 20, 2018 - June 2, 2018
Department of Philosophy, College of Charleston

66 George Street
Charleston 29424
United States

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  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • College of Charleston


Oxford University
Columbia University
Yale-NUS College
University of Hawaii
College of Charleston
Williams College
Smith College
University of California, Berkeley
College of Charleston
Österreichische­ Akademie Der Wissenschaften­
Kyoto University
University of Texas at Austin
Cornell University
University of Portsmouth
Harvard University
University of British Columbia
University of Copenhagen


College of Charleston
Smith College
University of British Columbia

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Topic:   The pursuit of self-knowledge has an impressive philosophical pedigree both in the East and the West. It poses problems central to philosophy of mind, epistemology, phenomenology, psychology, and ethics. It also raises difficult questions concerning the object of self-knowledge, the importance of self-knowledge to moral agency, responsibility, and decision-making, and the impact that various forms of moral and mental cultivation can have on self-knowledge. The best approach to these problems is therefore interdisciplinary and cross-cultural.

This NEH Summer Institute for college and university professors is designed to provide such a multi-disciplinary cross-cultural forum, and to enable interested participants to draw together these often parallel programs for mutual benefit.

The NEH provides $2,100 as a taxable stipend to each person chosen to participate in this Summer Institute. Stipends are intended to help cover travel to and from the project location,  and living expenses for the duration of the period spent in residence.

For details about the project, directors and faculty profiles, and the application guidelines, please check the Institute website:

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