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Let creativity be your guide in creating a short video about “Why do we need philosophy now?” Open to all UW students, no prior video creation experience is required. In 2 minutes or less tell us “Why do we need philosophy now?”: Why is philosophy important to today’s society? Why is philosophy important to study in this moment? This contest is possible thanks to contributions to the Friends of Philosophy Fund. Rules... Read more
Aaron Novick
We are pleased to introduce one of our three new faculty members, Professor Aaron Novick. Novick will be teaching Philosophy of Science in the winter quarter. (Use the link to check out his video introduction to the class.) We reached out to learn more about him and welcome him to the University of Washington. What sparked your interest in philosophy? I remember a moment from my childhood when I became very... Read more
José Jorge Mendoza
We are pleased to introduce one of our three new faculty members, Professor José Jorge Mendoza. Mendoza is currently teaching Philosophy of Race. (Use the link to check out his video introduction to the class.) During the winter, he will be teaching a graduate level seminar in social philosophy. We reached out to learn more about him and welcome him to the University of Washington... Read more
headshot of Professor Amelia Wirst
We are pleased to introduce one of our three new faculty members, Professor Amelia Wirts. Wirts is currently teaching Philosophy of Law. During the winter quarter, she will be teaching Philosophy of Crime and Punishment. (Use the links to check out her video introductions to both classes.) We reached out to learn more about her and welcome her to the University... Read more
Bruce Lee, who studied drama and philosophy at the UW, is remembered in this article. Featured on The Seattle Times 
José Mendoza
Professor José Jorge Mendoza joins philosophers across the country (and the world) in contributing to a new Daily Nous feature, “Philosophers On the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election.” This edition of the “Philosophers On” series asks political philosophers to reflect on the current election and examine the questions surrounding it, in hopes of spurring further discussion. In his piece, “The Latinx Vote: What Entity, What Identity?” Mendoza grapples with the “Common Bundle” view of... Read more
Photo of career panel on zoom
Thank you to everyone who made our virtual alumni career panel a success. Especially our alumni panelists: Zane Gustafson, Philosophy and Political Science (BA ’15), Research Consultant at Sightline Institute Jess Lockhart, Philosophy and Political Science (BA ’11), Attorney at General Services Administration in Tacoma Lizzie Tao, Philosophy and English (BA ’15), Product Marketing Manager at Google Charles Tilander, Philosophy and Biochemistry (BA ’13), Research Scientist/Quality Control... Read more
Illustration of woman at voting booth
Remember casting a vote for class president in grade school? The process was straightforward: the classmate with the most votes won. Few voting scenarios are that simple, as UW students are learning in a new interdisciplinary course about voting, STAT 498/CSSS 594: The Statistics and Philosophy of Voting. The course takes a deep dive into the complexities of voting, from majority rule to election forecasting to...... Read more
Black and white dice on a loaded scale, the white dice weights heavier although they look the same size
Recent events have inspired the White Coats for Black Lives and #ShutDownSTEM movements to call for the elimination of institutional and systematic racism in biomedicine and STEM fields including barriers faced by Black researchers. Building on their earlier work demonstrating continued Black-white disparities in NIH grant funding, Carole Lee and her collaborators Sheridan Grant (... Read more
Elena Erosheva (UW Professor of Statistics and Social Work) and Sheridan Grant (UW Statistics Ph.D. student) have co-authored with Carole Lee (UW Professor of Philosophy) a Correspondence featured on The Lancet on how “Alternative grant models might perpetuate Black–white funding gaps". Featured on Department of Statistics 

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