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Daniel Gerler
If there is a philosophy event on the University of Washington campus, chances are high that you will find Dan Gerler there. Dan (BA, Philosophy & Psychology, 1983) is a proud alumnus of the Department of Philosophy, and serves as one of the longest standing members of the Department’s Advisory Board. Dan’s deep connection with the Department, enthusiasm for philosophy, and quick, questioning intellect has led to many conversations with faculty over the years. Through these discussions, Dan... Read more
Climate change: life and death
Should we consider the population among our moral concerns in climate ethics and policy? John Broome, during his Ben Rabinowitz lecture in Environmental Ethics "Climate Change: Life and Death", urged yes. Broome argued that both deaths and births should be considered when shaping the ethical foundations of climate policy, and that value theory could help guide us in determining their place in climate ethics and policy.   Professor Stephen Gardiner, who organized Professor Broome's visit, gave a... Read more
Carina Fourie
Carina Fourie joined the Department of Philosophy in the fall of 2015 as the Benjamin Rabinowitz Assistant Professor in Medical Ethics.  While Carina has a range of interests in biomedical ethics and social & political philosophy, she is particularly focused on research and teaching at the intersection of social justice and medical ethics. This takes a variety of forms –for example in social-relational equality and its application to health, sufficientarianism, gender and racial... Read more
Ian Schnee joined the department as a full-time lecturer in fall 2015. He has since spearheaded the undergraduate philosophy club and has worked with undergraduate advisor, Gina Gould, on department curriculum and course offerings. What areas of philosophy do you teach? I teach epistemology, metaphysics, logic, introduction to philosophy, and philosophy of film. What are your current research interests? My research falls into two areas: epistemology and... Read more
Michael Rosenthal
When spring arrives on the quad at the UW, it means that the cherry trees blossom in all their glory and the crowds arrive to revel in the scene. What surprises me every year is the generosity of nature: its willingness to give to us this beautiful spectacle for our enjoyment. It is a fitting symbol for the spirit that animates our philosophical community. When I read through the articles in this newsletter what ties them all together for me is the incredible generosity that I find expressed in... Read more
Ron Moore and Lynn Hankinson Nelson
The department will be celebrating two retiring faculty members, Professors Lynn Hankinson Nelson and Ronald Moore, on Wednesday, May 11th from 4:30 to 7:00 PM at the UW Club. Professor Lynn Hankinson Nelson received her PhD in philosophy from Temple University in 1987. Before joining the University of Washington, she was at the University of Missouri, and has held visiting appointments at Swarthmore College, the University of Pennsylvania, Arizona State University (Biology and Society Program... Read more
Laura Specker Sullivan, Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, recently published the article "Medical maternalism: beyond paternalism and antipaternalism" in the Journal of Medical Ethics. ABSTRACT: This paper argues that the concept of paternalism is currently overextended to include a variety of actions that, while resembling paternalistic actions, are... Read more
UW Awards of Excellence
The University of Washington has announced this year’s Awards of Excellence recipients, several come from the College of Arts & Sciences. Featured on UW Today 
Professor Michael Blake
Congratulations to Professor Michael Blake who has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend for his book project, “Justice, Migration, and Mercy”. The NEH Summer Stipends are highly competitive awards. The University of Washington selects two proposals from among the entire university to submit to the NEH for consideration. The NEH funds only approximately 10% of the applications. Michael’s book Justice, Migration, and Mercy focuses on how... Read more
Jon Rosenberg with Andrea Woody and Michael Rosenthal
Congratulations to Department of Philosophy PhD Candidate, Jon Rosenberg, on receiving the highly competitive Excellence in Teaching Award for 2016! Jon was presented with his award by Provost Gerald Baldasty at the... Read more