Philosophy Associate Professor Receives Stipend to Examine Human Thoughts

Department of Philosophy Associate Professor Daniel Weiskopf has been selected to receive a $6,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer stipend to work on his book, The Vehicles of Thought. weiskopf

“The NEH is one of the main supporters of innovative scholarship in the United States, so it’s an honor to have been selected for this award,” said Weiskopf. “I’m grateful to my colleagues at Georgia State and elsewhere who’ve encouraged and supported this work so far, and I’m looking forward to the chance for some sustained writing time.”

In The Vehicles of Thought, Weiskopf will explore the system of categories, from viruses to housecats, stars, prime numbers and beyond, that humans use to understand and navigate the world.

 “As far as we know, our conceptual repertoire is unique. No other species can entertain thoughts of such variety and complexity,” said Weiskopf. “This project is an attempt to explain where these categories come from, how we apply them and how they shape the ways we experience, remember, reason and talk about the world.”

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