Ken Clatterbaugh's Retirement Celebration

Please join us in celebrating the retirement of Professor Ken Clatterbaugh on Wednesday, May 23rd at the Center for Urban Horticulture from 6:00 to 8:30 PM.

RSVP to the Kate Goldyn at or 206-685-1374

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Please honor Professor Clatterbaugh with a gift to the Kenneth C. Clatterbaugh Endowed Scholarship in Philosophy link to giving online and/or send your well wishes and remembrances of Ken to for inclusion in the evening's tribute.

Ken joined the University of Washington's Department of Philosophy in 1966 after completing his PhD at Indiana University. Ken's primary teaching focus has been in early modern philosophy, social philosophy and gender studies; although in his first years at the University he also taught ancient philosophy, philosophy of science, and logic. Throughout his time at the University, he has maintained close ties to Women Studies and the Honors Program. In recent years he has taught philosophy of religion. Ken is currently serving as the Joff Hanauer Honors Professor in Western Civilization. In 1996, Ken became the chair of the Department of Philosophy, a position he held for the next fifteen years. In winter quarter 2004, he also served as interim Dean of the Division of Social Sciences. Ken played a key role in the diversification of the faculty in the philosophy department, and our high percentage of women faculty members is due, in many respects, to Ken's tireless efforts.

When I graduated from the UW in 1987, I recall there were only about 80 undergraduate Philosophy majors out of around 30,000 students. The number of Philosophy majors has increased dramatically in the time that Professor Clatterbaugh has been Chair. While some of the other professors focused on the more esoteric aspects of the discipline, I recall that Professor Clatterbaugh made philosophy accessible, emphasizing its practical applications and helping me to see the world in a whole new way. My Philosophy education has been invaluable throughout my career, and I continue to draw on what I have learned every day. – Samantha Blake, BA '87

Ken was instrumental in bringing undergraduates into the philosophy community at the UW. He gave me a chance to be on departmental committees, to be a voice for my fellow students and was a great supporter of our newly revived Society of Undergraduate Philosophers. I have the fondest memories of my time as a philosophy student at the UW, and Ken deserves a lot of credit for that. – Allison Henrich, BA '03

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