Is there a divine reality, and how is it related to the cosmos? Do we have free will? Are minds wholly material? What are the virtues and how do we acquire them?
The Philosophy & Theology Department seeks to address these and other enduring Big Questions by supporting research that promises genuine progress in our understanding. The department is especially interested in research that engages deeply with the sciences, including interdisciplinary collaborations in which philosophical or theological understanding informs and is informed by the findings and methods of the sciences.
From 2019 to 2023, as part of the Foundation’s commitment to fund 12 Strategic Priorities, the Philosophy & Theology department will be seeking proposals related to the following priorities: Intellectual Humility, Mathematics & Physical Sciences, Cultural Evolution, Science of Purpose, Science of Character Virtue, Science-Engaged Theology, Programs in Latin America, and Programs in Islam.
We will continue to accept innovative proposals that do not fit into these priorities in our Open Funding Track.