Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Hackworth Research Grant Winners, Spring 2013

The Spring 2013 Hackworth Research Grant awards went to:

Faculty Grants

Hsin-I Cheng, Department of Communications, $4330 for the project "Crafting Ideal Citizens: A Critical Analysis on Taiwanese Immigration Discourses." This project seek to better understand the concept of Taiwanese citizenship, along with its salient values and ethics, by reviewing news sources and blogs, as well as through fieldwork and personal interviews conducted in Taiwan.

Rohit Chopra, Department of Communications, $2500 for the project "The Ethics of Memory on the Internet." This award goes towards the writing of a manuscript on the role of narratives and memory in ethics and especially memory as related to the internet, with its great variety of interpretations, voices, and even inaccuracies. Particular attention will be given to the way narratives, memory, and ethical lessons are constructed around traumatic events such as the September 11th attacks and other terrorist attacks and riots.

Christopher Kulp, Department of Philosophy, $600 for the project entitled "Knowing Moral Truth." This book project investigates foundational problems in ethical theory and seeks to defend the validity of ordinary moral thinking against those who claim that moral truth does not exist, that moral truths are relative, and other perspectives that generally deny the validity of the moral endeavor.

Peter Minowitz, Department of Political Science, $750 for the project entitled "To Forget about the End: Leo Strauss on Lucretius, Socialism, and the Mortality of the Human Race." This project seeks to better understand how the thinking of the influential political philosopher Leo Strauss was influenced by his awareness of human mortality.

Lawrence Nelson, Department of Philosophy, $5000 for a project called "Personhood and the Legal and Moral Status of Prenatal Humans." This project investigates the tension between the legal personhood of prenatal humans and the legal personhood of their pregnant mothers, how that relates to US constitutional law, and how those legal tensions relate to ethical considerations and state interests.

Michelle Oberman, School of Law, $4,320 for the project "Morality and the Purpose of Law-Making: An Examination of the Inspiration Behind Oklahoma's Abortion-Related Legislation from the Perspective of Legislators and Doctors." This project seeks to investigate more deeply the motivations and ethics behind how laws pertaining to abortion are enacted in Oklahoma. It is part of a larger project to investigate how morality and law relate to each other on the subject of abortion.


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