Recent News

Congratulations to senior Philosophy (and Psychology) double Major  Kaitlyn McGlothlen, whose essay "Oops, There Goes My Childhood: Identity and Ethical Issues in the Selective Erasing of Memories" was recently named the winner of not one, but two separate bioethics essay contests!  With her essay, she won the "Clinical Ethics" essay contest competition hosted by Voice in Bioethics, an online... Read more
Ethics Bowl 2016
The 2017 Washington State High School Ethics Bowl, run by the Center for Philosophy for Children, will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. We are looking for philosophy students to help teachers coach the high school Ethics Bowl teams. This generally involves weekly meetings, or you can serve as a resource to the team in other ways, depending... Read more
Julio Covarrubias-Cabeza
Doctoral student Julio Covarrubias-Cabeza has been awarded The IESUS (Institute for Ethnic Studies in the United States) Publication Fellowship by the Graduate School's Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP). This highly competitive award supports publication opportunities for graduate students who are in-progress with a paper that will be submitted to a journal within the 2016-2017... Read more
Benjamin Feintzeig
The Department of Philosophy is thrilled to welcome our newest faculty member, Benjamin Feintzeig, who joins us as an assistant professor in 2016-2017. Feintzeig is a philosopher of physics who recently completed his PhD in the Logic & Philosophy of Science program at the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on the philosophy of modern physics, in particular the implications of algebraic formulations of quantum field theories.... Read more
We are thrilled to announce that Professor Alison Wylie has been selected to deliver the Dewey Lecture at the Pacific division meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA), right here in Seattle! For those less familiar with John Dewey or the prestigious Dewey Lecture series, the APA provides the following description. "John Dewey was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer... Read more
"This summer, NPR's science desk is thinking about waves, of all kinds — ocean, gravitational, even stadium waves. But what is a wave, anyway?" writes NPR's Joe Palca. Featured on NPR 
Professor Sara Goering's work as neuroethics research leader for the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering was recently featured in the August edition of the College of Arts and Sciences' Perspectives newsletter.  Neuroscience raises a wide range of ethical concerns. One is agency, or ownership of our actions. If a neural device is stimulating the brain while someone decides on an action, is that person... Read more
Sara Goering
An amputee moves her artificial limb using her brain. A Parkinson’s patient opts for deep brain stimulation (DBS) to reduce symptoms. A college student uses close-looped DBS to keep severe depression at bay. Through neuroscience research and neural engineering, the brain can now accomplish things once considered impossible. But with these advances come ethical questions about altering brain function.   In neuroscience and neural engineering, "we want to think carefully about what the... Read more
Michael Rosenthal
All good things come to an end.  After five years as chair of the Department of Philosophy, I’ve stepped down and will resume my regular duties as a professor.  Andrea Woody has been appointed as the new chair and I am thrilled for her and for the Department.  We will be in capable hands.  My goal when I started this job was to help each member of the Department and the Department as a whole to flourish.  When you are in the administrative trenches, sometimes it is hard to see the big picture... Read more
The Department of Philosophy is thrilled to announce that Professor Alison Wylie has been elected the next President of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA).  PSA, established in 1933, is the premier international organization for professional philosophers of science, and election to the presidency of the association is one of the highest honors conferred on members of our field, recognizing both significant intellectual achievement and high regard... Read more