The project, which was a three year collaborative project between the Department of Philosophy, Classics and the History of Arts and Ideas at the University of Oslo, Department of Philosophy at the University of Tromsø and, during the last year of the project, Department of Philosophy at the University of Bergen, had as its main aim to improve the training of Ph.D. candidates in philosophy and the history of ideas in Norway--a field of study where relevant options were to a large extent lacking, especially at the universities outside Oslo. It was also a secondary goal of the project to increase collaboration between the institutions, which should be easier to get going in the future. The activities of the project were workshops/conferances with contributions from the doctoral candidates as well as established researchers, and intensive Ph.D. courses. The project had a professor II, Prof. Christia Mercer (Columbia), who is an expert on Renaissance and early modern thought.
This application is for financial support for Ph.D. courses and workshops involving Ph.D. students as well as established scholars in European history of philosophy and ideas from the ancient Greek roots till 1800. The applicants are the disciplines of ph ilosophy and the history of ideas at IFIKK, University of Oslo, (primary applicant) and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Tromsø (secondary, partner applicant). The application is a response to critical as well as appreciative remarks in t he report Philosophy and history of ideas in Norway: Evaluation of research 2004?2008 (Norges forskningsråd, 2010) and addresses problems raised in this report (hereafter referred to simply as ?Evaluation Report? or ?the report?).
It should be made clear from the outset that the application does not have a unifying theme in addition to the history of philosophy and ideas in the aforementioned period. Thus, we are open to ethical, metaphysical, aesthetic, and theological topics, just to name a few relevan t ones, as well as the various intersections of these and other themes. As will be explained below the project of the application nevertheless has more than enough cohesion to naturally fall under one heading.