Inaugural Philosophy Writing Fellow announced

The Philosophy department is pleased to announce that the Inaugural Philosophy Writing Fellowship has been awarded to Filippo Casati. Casati, a native of Italy who is receiving his Ph.D. this summer from St. Andrews University, will spend the fall 2016 semester in residence in the Philosophy Department finishing the manuscript for his book, Being: A Dialethetic Interpretation of Heidegger.  Casati is no stranger to the department: he presented a paper at the 3rd Annual Philosophy Conference in October and also spent a week with us in April in connection with Graham Priest's Selfridge Lectureship. We found him to be an exciting young philosopher working on an interesting project, and are now looking forward to engaging with him in the fall.

The Fellowship offers a one-semester opportunity for a philosopher to complete a book manuscript while in residence at Lehigh and carries a stipend of $10,000. One of the applicants wrote that "the very existence of the fellowship is a great benefit to the field...To my knowledge no other fellowship like it exists in philosophy...Over the course of the years I strongly suspect that the cumulative effect of the fellowship will be substantial and unequivocally positive." To support the Writing Fellowship the Department is using the "Visibility and Recognition" funds given to Lehigh departments by the Provost.

The Philosophy Department regards the Fellowship not only as providing us with opportunities for sustained engagement with other philosophers but also as enhancing our already substantial presence in the global philosophical community. We intend to continue offering the Fellowship each year.