Philosothon Project
A
list of topics which will not attract funding if you are
submitting an applicaiton for
‘Age Appropriate Resources’.


The following areas will not attract funding. Nevertheless stimulus material might be considered within these areas for use in a
Philosothon. There are a  number of issues that might fall under the rubric of “the edge of knowledge in science, philosophy, and
religion” but do not fall under the funding regime.

Some of these topics include:

1.        Art
The grant does not support the creation or collection of works of art, when the works of art have the primary purpose of evoking a
subjective or emotional reaction. Allowance may be made, however, for works of art with a primarily didactic purpose, when that
purpose directly advances one of the Permitted Topics listed above.

2.        Bioethics
The grant does not support editorial content primarily concerned with bioethics.

3.        Environmental Issues
The grant does not support editorial content primarily concerned with environmental issues.

4.        Evangelism
It is not the purpose of the grant to proselytize on behalf of any religious tradition.

5.        Genius
While the topic of Genius was of great interest, such content does not belong within the range of topics supported by this funding.

6.        Health Care
Unless there is some strong Big Question element (e.g., effect of meditation on mental health, etc.), the funding does not support
editorial content primarily concerned with health care.

7.        History
The funding does not support editorial content on historical research, if such research has a primarily antiquarian purpose.
Allowance may be made, however, if historical research can illuminate issues they will be considered.

8.        Interfaith Dialogue
The funding does not support editorial content focusing on interfaith dialogue, when such dialogue is substantially intended to
improve dialogue among religions. Allowance may be made, however, if such content is clarifying issues directly related to a
philosophical perspective.

9.        Negativity
The funding does not support content with a substantially negative focus. The grant donor is interested, for example, in content
exploring love, forgiveness, and generosity; it is not interested in the exploration of hatred, grudge-bearing, and meanness.
except where such exploration is done to extend our understanding, and to promote the development, of the positive qualities.

10.        Politics
While topics relating to individual freedom and free markets is relevant to philosophy, such content does not belong within the
range of topics supported by this funding.

11.        Popular Culture
The funding does not support content primarily focused on popular culture. However, a clarification should be made.
Comparisons to artifacts in popular culture in the interest of explaining or exploring a Big Question (e.g., “How The Matrix can help
explain the concept of information as the basis for reality”) are not prohibited because the topic relates primarily to Philosophy,
rather than to pop culture as such. Explorations of pop culture for the sake of pop culture (e.g., “A critique of reality television”)
fall outside the parameters of the funding.

12.        Pseudo-Science
Intelligent Design or other concepts that lack reliable methodology or fall short of the highest scholarly standards will not be
considered.
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