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Honesty Project seeks proposals

Justin McBrayer  | Published on 9/4/2020

The Honesty Project at Wake Forest University and Carnegie Mellon University invites letters of intent for projects in the philosophy of honesty.  The project hopes to inspire much further work on this relatively neglected virtue by focusing on five Big Questions:

  • What is the definition and value of honesty? What are the behavioral and motivational requirements for being honest or exceptionally so?
  • To what extent are people honest? How does this vary by culture?
  • What contextual and internal factors encourage honesty and shape its development in individuals, groups, organizations, and institutions?
  • What are the consequences of honesty and dishonesty for relationships, groups, organizations, and institutions?
  • Under what conditions is dishonesty justified, if any? What factors lead people to be receptive to or offended by honesty?

Our $400,000 dollar philosophy of honesty competition allows for requests between $40,000 and $100,000 for projects lasting up to one year. The requests would be primarily for research leaves to write a book or series of articles.

Our $1.4 million dollar science of honesty competition allows for requests between $50,000 and $200,000 for projects not to exceed two years in duration.

The website and press release are here:

https://honestyproject.philosophy.wfu.edu/

https://news.wfu.edu/2020/08/19/4-million-grant-funds-project-seeking-truth-about-honesty/