Assistant professor of philosophy Abraham Stone has been awarded a UC President's Research Fellowship in the Humanities grant of $25,000.
Stone joined the UCSC Philosophy Department in 2005. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University in 2000 and spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow in Israel, as well as four years as a Harper Fellow at the University of Chicago. He also majored in astronomy and astrophysics as an undergraduate at Harvard and did graduate work in astrophysics at Princeton. Stone's research interests include the philosophy of science and mathematics, ancient and medieval philosophy, and early 20th-century German philosophy.
Stone said he plans to use the fellowship to complete a book about the current division of the modern philosophical world into two schools of thought: Analytic and Continental philosophy. "The project of this book concerns what I take to be the origin of this split, in Germany in the1920s, exemplified by and in large part due to the divergence between the thought of Martin Heidegger and of Rudolf Carnap," said Stone. "I claim, somewhat controversially, that the most important early influence on both of them is Edmund Husserl (the German philosopher known as the father of phenomenology)."