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Professor Carole Lee had been researching the problem of bias in academic peer review for several years when the National Institutes for Health (NIH) announced a competition on that very topic. Through an unusual collaboration, she crafted a proposal with statistician Elena Erosheva, earning first place in the creativity category of the competition. Peer review, for the uninitiated, is the process by which research grants are awarded. Colleagues from across the country rate proposals on... Read more
The Advisory Board advises the chair, supports the Department's community and public relations activities, and assists in implementing the Department's fund development and outreach efforts. Advisory Board members are: Greg Albert, David Byrne, Marcia Evans, Dan Gerler, Jana Mohr Lone, Ann Owens, Jack Sabin, Eric Schmidt and Jasmin Weaver. The board meets four times a year and is involved in a variety of policy, outreach and development initiatives. If you are interested in joining the... Read more
Philosophy Department Faculty Meeting Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 3:30 p.m. in Savery 408 AGENDA: 1. Chair's Updates (5 minutes) a. Stice Lecturer Dates b. Retention Update c. Staff Update d. Search Update e. Reminder about Town Hall Meeting regarding Faculty Salary Policy (Wednesday, Feb. 4th from 2:45-5:15pm in Kane 225) 2. Reappointment of Adjuncts and Affiliates for 2015-16 (10 minutes) 3. Medical Ethics Search Discussion (60 minutes) 4. Graduate Students (15 minutes) a. Placement (Woody) b... Read more
Kaiwen Sun, BA '14 in Philosophy and BS '14 in Electrical Engineering, will be spending at least the next eight months traveling solo to various countries including Russia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Bhutan, India, Kenya, and South Africa as a Bonderman Travel Fellow. His objective is to delve into radically different cultural ideologies, learn how those ideologies influence each culture's world outlook, and how they impact its beliefs, values, and the interactions of their people. Each year 14... Read more
The department's Advisory Board advises the department chair, supports the department's community and public relations activities, and assists in implementing the department's fund development and outreach efforts. Advisory Board members are: Greg Albert, David Byrne, Marcia Evans, Dan Gerler, Jana Mohr Lone, Ann Owens, Jack Sabin and Jasmin Weaver. The Board meets four times a year and is involved in various fundraising and outreach initiatives. If you are interested in being considered for... Read more
The 2013-14 school year saw the Center's greatest growth in our 18 years of existence. The Philosophers in the Schools program expanded significantly, with faculty, students and volunteers working with the Center to lead philosophy sessions in over 25 different K-12 classrooms, including four elementary, two middle, and three high schools. Media pieces in the Seattle Times... Read more
Purchase your own legendary department "PHILOSOPHY I'm in it for the Money" t-shirt! The t-shirts with the department logo and money slogan come in blue, olive or gray, and hats in white, taupe and gold cost $12. We also have t-shrts with only the department logo in citrus green, white, gold and oatmeal, plus short-sleeved t-shirts cut for women in yellow or white. The hoodies are vanilla (with logo and slogan) and heather grey (with and without slogan) which are $25. Payment can be made in... Read more
The annual Rabinowitz Lecture in Medical Ethics was held the evening of May 28, 2014 with Professor Inmaculada de Melo-Martín who presented "It's a Boy! The Ethics of Sex Selection." Professor de Melo-Martin discussed how the use of new reproductive and genetic technologies is presenting us with many difficult ethical choices. Is it ethically permissible to select embryos of a particular sex for social reasons? Often proponents of this practice use the procreative liberty framework to defend... Read more
Ann Baker
Philosophy has been called "the great conversation" for centuries and for many of our students and faculty it is hard to imagine having this "conversation" continued and taught in the online environment. However, many students do not have access to the University of Washington, because of schedule or location, and are pursuing the new Social Science Degree Completion Program online, designed to give many students who have started their college course work the opportunity to complete their... Read more
Hegel isn't a philosopher who is taught much in our Department. His works are difficult and sometimes obscure, seemingly far from the model of clarity and rigor that we preach. But I think that he got at least one thing right. In his most famous work, The Phenomenology of Spirit, Hegel described what he calls the "struggle for recognition," which consists of the idea that our recognition of other beings as self-conscious is essential to the awareness of ourselves as conscious subjects... Read more

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