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Jack Lucas Chang and his dog Izzie
The Department of Philosophy is proud to announce that Jack Lucas Chang, a double major in Philosophy and Informatics, is one of the University of Washington 2021 Husky 100! The Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students from Bothell, Seattle, and Tacoma in all areas of study who are making the most of their time at the UW. In addition to his classes... Read more
Recording memories, reading thoughts and manipulating what another person sees through a device in their brain may seem like science fiction plots about a distant and troubled future. But a team of multi-disciplinary researchers say the first steps to inventing these technologies have already arrived. They want to put in place safeguards for our most precious biological possessions: our mind. Sara Goering, professor of philosophy at the UW, is quoted.... Read more
Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr.
We are pleased to share that the alumni speaker for our 2021 Philosophy graduation ceremony will be philosophy alumnus Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr. (UW Philosophy B.A. 1994). The Department of Philosophy graduation ceremony will take place virtually on June 11, 2021, and we look forward to Judge Mendoza’s words of wisdom for our graduating students. [Note: The graduation ceremony is a private event for graduates and their family and close friends. A recording of Judge Mendoza’s address will be... Read more
Benjamin Feintzeig
Congratulations to Professor Benjamin Feintzeig who was awarded a National Science Foundation grant for his project Quantum Epistemology Beyond Quantum Measurement. The award funds the project from September 2021 to August 2023. Feintzeig will be working on the project with Co-Principal Investigator Samuel Fletcher, University of Minnesota, and Postdoctoral Scholar, Jeremy Steeger, University of Washington.  Here is a summary of the project: It is well known that quantum mechanics does... Read more
Hand with extra robotic thumb stirring coffee with a spoon
If you've ever wished you had an extra hand to accomplish a task, never fear, scientists are working on that. But a new study raises questions about how such technology could affect your brain. Dr. Eran Klein, affiliate assistant professor of philosophy at the UW notes, “That's not a wholly new concept. People who use a cane, for instance, can start to feel it's part of them, Klein pointed out. ‘I think what's interesting about this study,’ he said, ‘is that it brings up the bigger question... Read more
illustration of four brains that are connected to each other
HBO Max’s sci-fi series "Made for Love" reveals the dangers of a controversial new technology that uses a brain implant to connect to minds. Is this concept possible? Sara Goering, a professor of philosophy at the University of Washington with an expertise in neuroethics, tells Inverse that this technology really is being developed. Sort of. “Certainly there is work being done on how to identify biomarkers or neural activity associated with... Read more
Collage of AAPI book covers and art work by faculty
Image: Still from Chanhee Choi's "Pandemic"; courtesy of the artist. Art and Other Media ... Continue Reading this Story 
Dr. Cornel West
On April 29, 2021, Dr. Cornel West presented the talk "Critical Thinking and the Cultivation of Your True Self," held in a virtual forum, and presented by the Northwest African American Museum and sponsored by the UW Department of Philosophy, UW Race & Equity Initiative, and UW Department of Communication. Nationally-renowned public intellectual and award-winning author Dr. Cornel West, professor of Harvard University, joined Dr. Ralina... Read more
Cover of Neuroethics Journal- image of brain with light up areas
Several members of the UW neuroethics team (professors Sara Goering, Eran Klein, previous graduate student Michelle Pham, and previous postdoctoral Scholar Laura Specker Sullivan) who participated in the Morningside Group/Neuroethics Taskforce are now part of a large co-authored paper published this month in the journal Neuroethics. The paper “Recommendations for the... Read more
Stephen Gardiner
Professor Stephen Gardiner gave the Annual Lecture in Humanities and Social Sciences at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters on March 22, 2021. He spoke about how despite decades of awareness, we are currently accelerating hard into the climate problem in a way that defies standard explanations.  This suggests that a focus on the scientific and economic questions is too narrow, and the tendency to see the political problem as one of nation-states facing a traditional tragedy of the... Read more