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Spinoza, Toleration and The Jews
Professor Michael Rosenthal will be giving the “Martin Buber Lecture on Intellectual History and Philosophy” at the Goethe University in Frankfurt on November 14th. He will be presenting “Spinoza, Toleration and the Jews.” Spinoza was banned from the Jewish community in Amsterdam in 1656 because of his “horrendous heresies … and evil opinions.”  In 1670 Spinoza published an anonymous text, the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, which immediately became notorious for its critique of... Read more
Geoengineering, Political Legitimacy & Justice
An international & interdisciplinary conference exploring the ethical and political issues concerning geoengineering - the deliberate large-scale manipulation of the planetary environment to counteract anthropogenic climate change. The conference will be taking place in Room 145 in the Husky Union Building from the 2nd-3rd of November. The conference will also be accompanied by a Climate Science on Tap event with an interdisciplinary panel discussing geoengineering and... Read more
Natalia Montes
Congratulations to junior philosophy minor (and psychology major) Natalia Montes, who was named the International Neuroethics Society’s 2017 Science Communication Essay Winner for her paper on the use of propranolol to reduce negative racial implicit bias in police officers. The winning paper, “Propranolol: Beginning the Discussion on a Medical Solution to Reducing Police Brutality,” was adapted from... Read more
How is Scientific Cosmology Possible? Poster
Join the Department of Philosophy for How is Scientific Cosmology Possible? presented by Chris Smeenk, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Rotman Instiute of Philosophy at Western University, Ontario Canada, on October 19th, 2017 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in Kane Hall Room 220, followed by a reception in the Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall 225. Register for the... Read more
Dawg Daze - philosophy+games
The Department of Philosophy kicked off the year by participating in Dawg Daze, the University of Washington’s annual tradition of welcoming first-year and returning students to campus. The Department hosted philosophy+games in the Allen Library Media Center where faculty and graduate students met new students play games and discussed philosophical questions such as: Can video games be art? Are eSports sports? Is it irrational to feel guilty for doing something in a game? Can you ever know that... Read more
Ethics & Policy: 200 Days into the Trump Administration Workshop
Join the Program on Values in Society for an interdisciplinary discussion of the ethical dimensions on public policy during President Trump’s administration on September 29th from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm in Kane Hall 225, the Walker-Ames Room. Ethics & Policy: 200 Days into the Trump Administration Workshop is a full day workshop that will examine public policy of the new administration over four sessions. The first session on Health, Disability and Equality will be led... Read more
Émilie Du Châtelet, portrait by Maurice Quentin de La Tour
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Pacific Northwest/Western Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy Meeting at: University of WashingtonSeattle, WA, USAMarch 2-4, 2018 The meeting of the Pacific Northwest/Western Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy will be held at the University of Washington over the weekend of 2-4 of March, 2018. Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser University) will be the keynote speaker.  As with other Seminars in Early Modern Philosophy, papers on any subject in early modern philosophy (... Read more
New Workshop attendees
This summer the UW Women’s Center held the Alene Moris National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership workshop. The NEW Leadership is a national bi-partisan program developed by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University to address the underrepresentation of women in American politics. Its goal is to educate college women about the important role of politics in their lives and to equip them with the tools and confidence to become active and effective leaders in the civic... Read more
Carole Lee, a philosopher at the UW, and David Moher, of the Ottawa Hospital in Ontario, Canada, argue that publishers should become much more transparent about their peer review practices. Featured on STAT 
Carole Lee
On July 20, the journal Science published commentary from Professor Carole Lee and co-author David Moher (University of Ottawa) encouraging journals to "open the black box of peer review" in order to improve transparency, reproducability, and trust in published research. The following description of Professor Lee's article was provided by a UW... Read more

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