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Carleton Students’ Proposal Accepted by Yale Experimental Philosophy Project

November 9, 2010

Northfield, Minn.–-Carleton College philosophy students Lorenzo Najt '13 (New York), Daniel Peck '13 (Olathe, Kan.), Sarah Pinkham ’12 (Wooster, Ohio), and Jabir Yusoff ’11 (Singapore) have teamed to submit a winning proposal for the Yale Experimental Philosophy Project.

The students, who will extend and refine their work for a summer Carleton QUIRK (Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge Initiative) fellowship, examined whether intuitions on personal identity---what it is that makes a person one and the same over time---vary across demographic differences such as gender, religion and philosophical background. The group worked over this past summer with their QUIRK faculty supervisor, associate sociology professor, Annette Nierobisz, who helped the students refine their methods of statistical analysis, and with their philosophy department supervisor, assistant professor of philosophy Angela Curran, who helped them to conceptualize their questions about personal identity and link their work to the field of experimental philosophy.

The Yale Experimental Philosophy Month, a competition that included a large number of applications, mostly from professional philosophy professors and graduate students, selected their proposal. The team will work with a leading experimental philosopher on their research, which will include an on-line survey available in the spring.