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#philosophyresponds : Conversations After the Election
Please join us to explore how the tools of philosophy can help us to grapple in productive ways with important social issues that have gained renewed attention following the 2016 national election cycle. Each session will start with a short introduction by faculty and/or graduate students, with the aim of initiating open discussion of the issues and will be held outside of Savery 361 at the large table on Fridays from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. Series Schedule: January 20thHate... Read more
Students gather at Red Square
In the wake of recent events, including increased instances of violence and hate on our campus and in our community, the Department of Philosophy echoes UW President Ana Mari Cauce's stance that "We are committed to the safety and security of all those in our community. This is not a political issue -- it is a human rights issue." List of Resources for Students, Staff, and Faculty... Read more
Sam Sumpter and Bill Talbott discussing Civil Disobedience.
The Department of Philosophy hosted the fourth discussion in the series #PhilosophyResponds: Conversations After the Election, on Friday, March 10, 2017. The goal of these conversations is to think productively about how the Department of Philosophy community can reach out beyond the classroom by deploying the tools, skills and the content of philosophy to grapple with pressing social issues. The fourth topic, “Civil Disobedience” was led by Professor... Read more
The United States continues to have severe, persistent inequities in health and health care between whites and people of color. Properly addressing these will require collaboration across medical, health, legal, economic and political fields. The interdisciplinary 2017 Benjamin Rabinowitz Symposium in Medical Ethics on March 31 at the University of Washington, seeks to begin just such a... Read more
Tim Brown speaking about recognizing and combatting racism and sexism at  #philosophyresponds : Conversations After the Election series.
The Department of Philosophy hosted the third discussion in the series #PhilosophyResponds: Conversations After the Election, on Friday, February 17, 2017. The goal of these conversations is to think productively about how the Department of Philosophy community can reach out beyond the classroom by deploying the tools, skills and the content of philosophy to grapple with pressing social issues. The third topic, “Recognizing and Combatting Racism and Sexism”... Read more
Bad-Good Text
In an overview article entitled “Climate Change and Individual Duty” recently published in WIREs Climate Change, Program on Values in Society visiting post-doctoral scholar Augustin Fragnière reviewed a decade of philosophical debate over questions of individual responsibility for climate change. His work was featured on the front page of Advanced Science News, a website dedicated to ... Read more
Inclusion and Diversity in Philosophy:An informal mini-conferencePacific APA (Seattle, WA), April13, 2017Organized by the University of Washington Department of Philosophy climate committee;co-sponsors include the APA Committees on the Status of Blacks in Philosophy, HispanicPhilosophy, Status of Women in Philosophy, Inclusiveness and Diversity, Teaching Philosophy,and Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy, and the Pacific SWIP.Thanks to Lori... Read more
On the February 27, 2017 edition of The Daily’s Sound Bite weekly podcast, Professor Colin Marshall spoke with Alex Bruell about his upcoming book Compassionate Moral Realism. Listen to Colin Marshall starting at 19:52 on the podcast.
Visiting Post-Doctoral Scholar Augustin Fragnière
From 2014-2016, Dr Augustin Fragnière was a visiting post-doctoral scholar at the University of Washington’s Program on Values in Society (POV). Dr Fragnière hails from Lausanne, Switzerland and holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Paris 1 (France) and the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). During his visit, he undertook a range of research into the ethics of climate change, specifically looking at areas such as the... Read more
Please join us for the Benjamin Rabinowitz Symposium on Race, Health and Justice from 8.30am to 6.00pm on March 31 2017 at the HUB, Room 340, University of Washington in Seattle. This cross-disciplinary symposium will bring together students, faculty, researchers and members of the public to discuss racial disparities in health and health care, and the broader social, political, economic and historical structures in which they occur. The symposium will also celebrate the... Read more

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