Recent News

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Faculty members Ian Schnee and Paul Franco have organized a series of online sessions to help those who are looking for suggestions and guidance about teaching their philosophy courses online. There are currently two sessions planned.The first will be held this Thursday, March 26, 2020 9-10 AM PST (Zoom link). The second... Read more
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Two philosophy faculty members were featured in a Thomson Reuters Foundation story asking "Online classes, video meetings: Can coronavirus spur low-carbon habits?" Read what Ian Schnee and Colin Marshall have to say about technology in the classroom and hosting speakers remotely both during and beyond the coronavirus context.
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The annual Ben Rabinowitz Workshop on Environmental Ethics will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House, 4249 Whitman Court, University of Washington. The workshop will feature talks on climate justice and responsibility and is open to all faculty and students. It is organized by Stephen Gardiner, Professor of Philosophy and the Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of the Human Dimensions of the Environment and sponsored by the College of the Environment... Read more
Ian Schnee
Philosophy lecturer Ian Schnee’s innovative new e-textbook on logic was recently featured in the campus-wide news. Using evidence-based teaching and learning approaches, Ian’s textbook is mobile and interactive, saving students money while allowing them to use it on the go. Read all about Ian’s e-textbook here.
Alex Lenferna
Philosophy alum Alex Lenferna (Ph.D. 2019) writes about how the creation of social 'tipping points' could lead to social transformations that mitigate the effects of climate change. Featured on The Conversation 
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Professor Stephen Gardiner participated in the Cambridge Global Conversations, who bring together thought leaders from around the world to discuss and disseminate world problems. Cambridge Global Conversations shines a light on and brings a guided response to complicated international challenges. Professor Gardiner gave two talks as part of the Cambridge Global Conversations Climate Ethics Event. His talk “Climate Justice and Injustice, is Injustice inevitable?” can be found here:... Read more
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Professor David Wallace (Mellon Chair, Pittsburgh HPS & Philosophy) gave the O'Hara Lecture in Philosophy of Physics on Nov. 21, 2019.  Wallace's talk "Emergence and Naturalness" argued that a condition called 'naturalness' is an essential component of extant explanations of how behavior of physical systems at different scales fits together (e.g., small scale quarks compose larger scale protons and neutrons). Wallace argues that although the naturalness condition and arguments based upon it... Read more
Professor Potter receiving his Padma Shri Award from the President of India.
Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Karl Potter for completing the 25th volume of the Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies. Professor Potter has been working on the Encyclopedia for over 40 years. Each volume contains an introduction by its editor(s), followed by summaries of the texts of the philosophical system to which the volume is devoted.  Most of these summaries are based upon texts that have been translated into a Western language, although some of the texts remain... Read more
Video Contest, filming students
Let creativity be your guide in creating a short video about “Why Philosophy?” Open to all UW students, no prior video creation experience is required. In 2 minutes or less tell us “Why Philosophy?”: Why is philosophy important to today’s society? Why is philosophy important to study? Why is philosophy important to you? This contest is possible thanks to contributions to the Friends of Philosophy Fund. Rules One entry per student Open to all current... Read more