Philosophy Graduate Student Receives Prestigious Research Grant

By Loree Iverson, Student Intern CHASS College Computing
May 4, 2010

UCR philosophy graduate student, Joe Cressotti, has been awarded a prestigious D.A.A.D. (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) Research Grant which will fund his stay in Munich, Germany where he will reside as a visiting researcher at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet from October 2010 until July 2011. While in residence, he will work to complete his dissertation by the title of “Expressions of Agency in Kant’s Critique of Judgment.” His research at LMU will be supervised by Professor Guenter Zoeller, an internationally recognized scholar of Kant and German idealism.

In addition to concluding his professional work, he will take philosophy courses at LMU. “In particular, I will be participating in Prof. Zoeller's weekly colloquium discussing Kant and other German philosophers. Also, since my dissertation focuses on aesthetic judgment, I aim to explore Munich's many art museums with the hope that it may inform my writing about art and the beautiful,” he explains.

While abroad, Mr. Cressotti also hopes to refine his German and to join the Munchen Road Runners club so as to participate in the 2010 Munich Marathon.

The German Academic Exchange Service, or Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, is the largest German support organization in the realm of international academic cooperation. The D.A.A.D. awards highly competitive, merit-based grants for the purposes of study and research in many accredited German institutions.

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