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Templeton World Charity Foundation Award

Anna Marmodoro wins £839,000 research award from the Templeton World Charity Foundation.

The Faculty is delighted to report that Dr Anna Marmodoro, Official Fellow in Philosophy at Corpus Christi College, has been awarded a £839,000 award for a three year multidisciplinary project, to commence in 2014. The award is from the Templeton World Charity Foundation. The title of the project is “The Metaphysics of Entanglement, in Nature and in the Divine". The Project is directed by Dr Anna Marmodoro and hosted by the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford. It has as co-investigators Prof Andrew Steane (Oxford), Prof Brian Leftow (Oxford), and Dr Christopher Hughes (King’s College London). Four post-doctoral fellows will be appointed in due course, two with speciality in metaphysics, one in philosophy of physics, and one in philosophy of religion.

The Project will investigate the viability of power ontology as a metaphysics that can provide a fresh approach to our philosophical understanding of the phenomena of entanglement and superposition. To achieve this overall goal, the Project team will

(a) investigate the metaphysical assumptions currently in play in our thinking of these phenomena;

(b) examine the explanatory constraints that a sound philosophical account of these phenomena has to meet;

(c) comparatively study Dr Marmodoro’s Power Structuralism and alternative current power ontologies to examine their respective prospects for providing a metaphysical account of the phenomena;

(d) explore the possibility of bringing the research results of the above investigation to bear on our understanding of questions regarding the metaphysics of the incarnation and of the Trinity in philosophy of religion.

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