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Hannah Martens
Hannah Martens is among four undergraduates to earn the prestigious Dean’s Medal from the University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences. Hannah, who received her bachelor’s degree this spring, double-majoring in philosophy and in law, societies, and justice, with minors in bioethics, disability studies, and ethics, was named the Dean’s Medalist in the Social Sciences division for her academic excellence and leadership. From her first quarter at the University of Washington, Hannah has... Read more
UW Philosophy alum Alex Lenferna (PhD 2019) recently published an opinion piece arguing that "vast subsidies keeping the fossil fuel industry afloat should be put to better use." This topic is also the subject of a forthcoming book chapter by Lenferna.... Read more
Angelia Miranda
Angelia Miranda, a double major in philosophy and international studies, will embark on the adventure of a lifetime next year as a 2019 Bonderman Fellow. Each year, a small group of University of Washington students are awarded with Bonderman Travel Fellowships, which fund independent travel in order to “inspire individual transformation by expanding the fellow’s understanding of themselves and the complex, diverse and interconnected... Read more
Open book in foreground with beach in background
From race relations in the United States to Great Danes in small apartments, this year's summer book recommendations by the Philosophy faculty once again cover a wide array of subjects. Check out the books that our faculty members have read recently or are planning to read this summer. We hope you find something exciting to add to your reading list! Sara Goering The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang... Read more
Melanie Tate
Congratulations to Melanie Tate on being awarded the prestigious Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship for 2019-2020. The fellowship assists PhD Candidates in the final stages of writing and completing their dissertations by providing a full quarter of fellowship funding with tuition and benefits. Melanie's dissertation, ... Read more
David Owens
We were honored to have alumnus David Owens, BA 2004, address the 2019 Department of Philosophy graduating class at our annual graduation reception. David is a partner at Loevy & Loevy, a civil rights law firm in Chicago. David also teaches in the University of Chicago Law School’s wrongful conviction legal clinic, The Exoneration Project, working with law students to find justice for individuals. After graduating from the University of Washington, David had planned on going directly to law... Read more
Andrea Woody and Michael Rosenthal
On June 11, 2019 we celebrated Michael’s retirement and his contributions to the Department of Philosophy and the University of Washington.  Michael joined the Department of Philosophy in 2003 and served as Department Chair from 2011 to 2016 and as the Samuel and Althea Stroum Chair in Jewish Studies from 2016 to 2019. During his time in the department, Michael taught thousands of students many of whom have reached out to the department to let us know that Michael has been their favorite... Read more
Undergraduate Award Winners
The Department of Philosophy celebrated the achievements of our undergraduate and graduate students and our faculty at our annual Awards Reception on March 31, 2019. Our Philosophy community continued its annual tradition of honoring our award winners by having faculty share personal anecdotes from the classroom and office hours about each of the recipients to the delight of family and friends. We are proud of the achievements of our students and faculty and look forward to seeing what they... Read more
Alex Lenferna speaking into a megaphone
Alex Lenferna (Ph.D. 2019) was already a dedicated climate justice activist in his native South Africa before moving to Seattle to complete his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Washington. He continued his advocacy here in the U.S. while completing his PhD. Now, back in his home country, Alex works as South African Climate Justice Campaigner for, an international non-profit organization that works on climate... Read more
UW Center for Philosophy for Children weighs in on the beenfits of introducing students to the world of ethics at a young age. Featured on KQED