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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 
Paul Tubig and faculty mentor Anthony Ferrucci in conversation
As a community college student in San Diego, Paul Tubig was drawn to philosophy. Now a doctoral student in philosophy at the University of Washington, Tubig finds himself once again spending time at a community college. It feels different this time around. “Having attended a community college, it’s been interesting to re-enter that setting as an aspiring professor and PhD student who has been acculturated in the university context,” Tubig says. Tubig’s return to community college is through a... Read more
Blake Hereth
Doctoral Candidate Blake Hereth was chosen by the APA for their member spotlight interview. Blake works primarily in the ethics of self-defense and philosophy of religion and is co-editor of The Lost Sheep: New Perspectives on Race, Gender, Disability, and Animals in Philosophy of Religion (Routledge, forthcoming), which addresses underexplored issues in philosophy of religion.... Read more
Ethics Bowl participants at the WCCW
Doctoral candidate Paul Tubig organized the first ever Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl at the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) on April 14, 2019. The Freedom Education Project of Puget Sound (FEPPS) and University of Puget Sound teams discussed questions such as: Should we bring back species that have been driven to extinction? Are laws allowing terminally ill children to choose euthanasia morally defensible? Is China’s social credit system, which assigns a social credit score based... Read more
Andrew March
Andrew March, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm Olson Room (Gowen Hall 1-A) Modern Islamic political thought is quintessentially characterized by the commitment to divine sovereignty in politics and legislation. But, even in the most theocratic of Islamist thinkers there are explicit commitments to a kind of popular political agency and responsibility. What are the origins in modern Islamist thought of the commitment to popular... Read more
Julio Covarrubias
On Saturday, May 4, 2019 philosophy doctoral candidate Julio Covarrubias gave a talk on "Setting the Record Straight: The Latin American Mind in Global Context" at TEDxUofW 2018-2019. Julio's research focuses on Latinx identity and racial oppression. Currently, he is writing a dissertation on the ethics and politics of inter- and intra-personal relationships in the wake of colonial violence. The event took place... Read more
Nancy Fraser
Nancy Fraser, Professor of Philosophy and Politics at The New School for Social Research Katz Lecture - What Should Socialism Mean in the 21st Century? Kane Hall 120 | May 8 | 7:00 - 8:30pm  “Socialism” is back! For decades the word was considered an embarrassment—a despised failure and relic of a bygone era, rightly consigned to the historical dustbin. No more! Today, politicians like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wear the label proudly and win support, while... Read more
Alumni Panel flyer- all information in the text
Join us for a Department of Philosophy alumni career panel and learn how studying philosophy prepared our panel for success in various fields including law, technology, advertising, project management, and non-profi­t management. May 3, 2019, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Allen Library Auditorium. Alumni panel: David Byrne, current philosophy post-bac student, software developer Miriam Korngold, philosophy BA ’09, attorney at Fisher Phillips Saphy Liem, philosophy BA ’11,... Read more