Recent News

"Stimulating the Self" poster by Sam Sumpter
The Department of Philosophy hosted three events during spring quarter. Reaching across campus to other departments, students, faculty, staff and alumni to join us in days of philosophical inquiry and reflection. In April, Professor Sara Goering organized “Stimulating the Self: Neurotechnology, Identity and Agency” along with the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering and the Program on Values of Society. The main talks at the symposium were: "Agency ex Machina: Neuroprosthetics and the Re-... Read more
Ron Moore and Lynn Hankinson Nelson
Thank you to all who joined us and sent well wishes in celebration of the retirement of our two faculty members Ron Moore and Lynn Hankinson Nelson. We had a wonderful evening filled with charming stories of Lynn and Ron from students, alumni and faculty. It is not too late to email your well wishes to both Ron and Lynn, and to make a gift in their honor to the Department of Philosophy, to... Read more
On June 10th, we celebrated the graduates of the class of 2016, who together earned sixty-eight bachelor’s, six master’s, and three doctoral degrees in philosophy, at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture.  Professor Andrea Woody toasted the graduates wishing them the best in their new endeavors, and Alison Bacon gave an inspirational speech to her fellow graduates.  Alisa voiced what so many of our students and alumni feel, that “philosophy shows us how important it is that we develop ourselves... Read more
Five of our faculty members: Carina Fourie, Carole Lee, Colin Marshall, Conor Mayo-Wilson and Ian Schnee, participated in the University’s Evidence-Based Teaching pilot. Instructional consultants from the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and UW-IT collaborate with the pilot participants as they design, enact and assess techniques of evidence-based teaching practices. The project also encourages the participants to use each other as resources by discussing practices and difficulties in the... Read more
Michael Rosenthal's interview with Hannah Pressman of Jewish Studies at the University of Washington: The Stroum Center is delighted to announce that Michael Rosenthal has been selected as the next Samuel and Althea Stroum Chair in Jewish Studies. This is an honorary three-year position that recognizes Professor Rosenthal’s contributions to the program and provides him with additional research funding thanks to the Samuel and Althea Stroum Endowment. (Editor’s note: This position is... Read more
We are proud to annouce that Professor Bill Talbott has been selected to serve a two-year term as the Joff Hanauer Honors Professor in Western Civilization, beginning September 1, 2016.  In this capacity, he will teach one course per year in the University Honors Program, serve on the Honors Council and occasional associated sub-committees, hold regular office hours for Honors students, and work with the Director of Honors to coordinate student activities in the Honors Program.  He will also... Read more
Julio Covarrubias-Cabeza
Congratulations to PhD student Julio Covarrubias-Cabeza, who was part of the inaugural cohort of graduate student fellows participating in the Summer Institute on Global Indigeneities (SIGI) at the University of Washington. Hosted on the traditional homelands and waters of the Duwamish, Suquamish, Muckleshoot, Tulalip, and other Coast Salish peoples, SIGI is a pilot program that hopes to be an annual meeting of junior and senior scholars in the interdisciplinary and global field of Indigenous... Read more
The Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities has awarded PhD Candidate, Janice Moskalik, two Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships, through their new program Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics. During the 2015-2016 academic year, Janice was one of the Simpson Center’s inaugural Mellon Fellows for Reaching New Publics. As part of this program, Janice... Read more
Professor Alison Wylie’s Katz Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities “What Knowers Know Well: Why Feminism Matters to Archaeology” served as the opening keynote for the conference Feminism and Classics 7: Visions. Professor Wylie’s lecture looked at neglected questions about women, gender, and sexuality that have been on the archaeological agenda since the late 1980s, and gender-inclusive archaeology which has transformed what we know about the past. But some of its strongest... Read more
Congratulations to PhD Candidate Dustyn Addington who was awarded the Dan Gerler Dissertation Fellowship! The fellowship will allow Dustyn to take a quarter off from teaching to focus on writing his dissertation, “The Value of Non-Conscious Judgments.” In this dissertation, Dustyn will be examining how some of the most important judgments we make – such as academic admissions, hiring, voting, medical treatments, and jury decisions – are not based on conscious, step-by-step reasoning, but rather... Read more