Tamar Gendler, Joshua Knobe, and I are putting together a project to help philosophers interested in applying experimental methods to philosophical topics. We are calling our project, “Experiment Month”. In brief, we will encourage philosophers to submit proposed experiments in the Fall of 2010. A team of qualified volunteers will select the most interesting and viable proposals for inclusion in the Experiment Month. They will provide helpful comments on selected submissions and assign “experiment buddies” to help researchers further refine their proposed experiments. In March of 2011 (the Experiment Month), revised versions of the selected experimental studies will be made available on the project website, where we will encourage large-scale experimental participation from the philosophical community and from the broader public.
As we move forward with this project, we would like to get your input on the attached proposal. The proposal was submitted to the American Philosophical Assoniation on June 30th, in time to be considered for a portion of the grant money the Eastern Division is making available to such projects. We will be making further revisions to this proposal and plan to submit it for an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant in April of 2010. Suggestions from the experimental philosophy community would be much appreciated as we move forward with this project.