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Andrea Woody
Greetings from the UW Department of Philosophy! As classes for the Autumn term begin, the hallways of Savery are brimming with energy after the quiet of summer.  Faculty members are preparing their classes while students arrive with enthusiasm, renewed energy, and sometimes a little confusion.  Autumn is a time of transition. We are especially happy to welcome five new PhD students into our community. At the same time, with sadness we acknowledge the passing of... Read more
Philosophy + Games
The Department of Philosophy hosted “Philosophy + Games”, part of Dawg Daze, UW’s annual tradition of welcoming first-year and returning students to campus. Professor Ian Schnee and graduate student Tim Brown took the opportunity to introduce new students to philosophy through the lens of video games. They set up several video games for students to play Limbo (Xbox), Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox),  Braid (Steam), Monument Valley (iPad) and Leo’s Fortune... Read more
It is with great sadness we share that Professor Robert Coburn passed away on July 27, 2018. Bob was a beloved and vital member of the department and his memory will remain vibrant for many years to come. His deep voice and broad smile, friendship, and good judgment were cherished by his colleagues and added tremendously to the department. The memorial will be held on October 13th at 1:00pm at The Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98105. His colleagues, Clark... Read more
Op-ed by UW political philosopher Michael Blake Featured on The Conversation 
Andrea Sullivan-Clarke
We are pleased to announce that Andrea Sullivan-Clarke (PhD 2015) will join the University of Windsor in Ontario as an assistant professor in Autumn 2018. There, she will be part of the inaugural cohort of Canada's President's Indigenous Peoples Scholars (PIPS), a program that the University of Windsor created in response to the Canadian government's Truth and Reconciliation Act. The... Read more
Nick Hanauer
This year we were honored to have alumnus Nick Hanauer, BA 1981, address the the philosophy graduating class at our annual graduation reception. Nick is a successful businessman and entrepreneur, having founded, managed, or financed over 30 companies. In addition, Nick devotes the majority of his time to a broad portfolio of civic and philanthropic activities. He is a national leader on policy... Read more
Nick Hanauer
At the UW Department of Philosophy’s 2018 graduation reception, entrepreneur and social change advocate Nick Hanauer (BA, Philosophy, 1981) spoke about the enduring value of a philosophy degree. Through footnoted phrases, see how his speech reflects Hanauer's own experiences.  I am so pleased to be here and profoundly flattered to be asked to speak to you today. But sadly, I doubt I was invited because of my significant contribution to modern philosophical thought. Truth be told... Read more
Gerler Symposium on Race and Equity in Philosophy for Children at the University of Washington.
The philosophy for children movement builds on children's curiosity about the world around them and helps young students to develop critical questioning and thinking skills through exploring philosophical topics. In philosophical discussions, children explore a wide variety of issues related to ethics, justice, freedom, mind, perception, knowledge, and aesthetics. Given its critical dialogical methods, and its emphasis on respectful engagement on contentious issues that matter to students,... Read more
Open book with tea cup outdoors
The summer brings pools, beaches, travel, barbecues and, most importantly, books! Here are some recommendations of books our faculty have read or are looking forward to reading this summer to add to your list. Michael Blake Just Married: Same Sex Couples, Monogamy, and the Future of Marriage by Stephen Macedo One thing I’m trying to read right now, in the aftermath of the... Read more
Philosophy Graduation 2018
On June 8th, the Department of Philosophy celebrated the graduates of the class of 2018 at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. Together, the students earned seventy bachelor’s degrees and one doctoral degree in philosophy, Alumnus Nick Hanauer (BA ’81) delivered our graduation reception address and spoke to the graduates about the value of his philosophy degree, telling them: You graduates all go into the world at a very interesting and challenging moment in American history.... Read more

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