Doris named National Humanities Center fellow

John M. Doris, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy in Arts & Sciences, has been named a fellow of the National Humanities Center for the 2008-09 academic year.

Doris is one of 42 scholars from 32 U.S. institutions and seven foreign countries who are conducting leading research in the humanities.

He will participate in the center’s Autonomy, Singularity, Creativity (ASC) project, a three-year, multidisciplinary initiative exploring how advances in science are challenging traditional notions of what it means to be human. In addition, he will work on a project titled “A Natural History of the Self.” Doris’ research at the center also will be supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Doris’ research explores the intersection of psychology, cognitive science and philosophical ethics. In 2007, he was awarded the Society for Philosophy and Psychology’s Stanton Prize for interdisciplinary research in philosophy and psychology.

The National Humanities Center awards more than $1.6 million in individual fellowship grants to enable scholars to take a leave from their regular academic duties to pursue research at the center, located in Research Triangle Park, N.C.