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Congratulations to the Department's 72 majors who earned their BA in Philosophy and History and Philosophy of Science this year! Additional congratulations to Michael T. Ball-Blakely, Timothy E. Brown, Kristi A. Larson, Justin C. Lawson, Meghan A. McClain, and Dustin A. Schmidt who earned their Masters in Philosophy and Mitch Kaufman and Amy Reed-Sandoval who earned their PhDs in Philosophy! The Department celebrated its annual graduation reception at the Urban Horticulture Center on June 13.... Read more
The Department of Philosophy held its first Awards Reception on the evening of June 12, 2014, to celebrate and honor all the award recipients. The evening was a wonderful opportunity for faculty members to present their personal experiences in the classroom with each award winner to the many family and friends in the audience. The first Kenneth Clatterbaugh Scholarship was awarded, as well as, many Friends of Philosophy Awards which are made possible by donations to the Friends of Philosophy... Read more
Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Arthur Fine who was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences includes the world's most successful scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and leaders in civic, corporate and philanthropic communities. Arthur joins the 2014 aAcademy class with fellow UW Professor Jerry Franklin of the College of the Environment. Further congratulations to Arthur on his retirement from the University of Washington this... Read more
Graduate student Asia Ferrin headed up the Philosophy Writing Center this year. She improved its access and built its resources for undergraduate students. Asia descibes the improvements below: It has been a great year at the Philosophy Writing Center. In addition to providing helpful tutoring sessions, we aimed this year to improve our online presence and accessibility, create the most welcoming space possible in the Center, and expand our services beyond one-on-one sessions. To improve our... Read more
In April, the Philosophy Department participated in the National Bioethics Bowl Competition for the very first time. Graduate student Asia Ferrin coached four undergraduates: Haley Amemiya (sophomore, Neurobiology), Connie Chien (sophomore, Biochemistry), Binhan Pham (sophomore, Bioengineering), and Jack McClelland (senior, Philosophy). Philosophy majors Alexia Syrmos and Ron Keller also participated in early meetings and helped brainstorm cases. The Bioethics Bowl is modeled on the Ethics Bowl... Read more
How do scientists on the cutting edge of research address the ethical questions their work may raise? At the UW Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE), scientists work side by side with professors and students from the Department of Philosophy to answer this question and other questions about normalcy, disability, security, autonomy, and what it means to be in control of our own brains. Hear from CSNE Ethics Thrust leader and associate professor of philosophy Sara Goering about some... Read more
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY GRADUATION RECEPTION Friday, June 13th, 2014 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm RSVP to: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/gsgould/234937 You must log in using your UW netID. Please rsvp by Monday June 9th We would also like your feedback on an exit survey. Even if you do not plan to attend the reception, the department would appreciate your opinions:... Read more
Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Arthur Fine who was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences! The American Academy of Arts and Sciences includes the world's most successful scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and leaders in civic, corporate and philanthropic communities. Arthur joins the 2014 academy class with fellow UW Professor Jerry Franklin of the College of the Environment. Arthur's research concentrates on the philosophy of science, especially philosophy of physics... Read more
Thank you for your support! Gifts to the department are crucial to our success in enhancing educational opportunities for our students. Undergraduate student awards, scholarships, and resources for graduate fellowships would not be possible without the support of our donors. We also depend upon donated funds to develop and promote new programs, such as philosophy of science, philosophy of the environment, professional ethics, and to introduce philosophy to children. We thank the following... Read more
Caroline Simon, Ph.D., 1986 Simon, Professor and Interim Dean for the Social Sciences at Hope College, MI, received a "2012 Distinguished Woman Leader Award" from the Michigan American Council on Education (ACE) Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education. Dr. Simon has been a Hope College faculty member since 1988. Along with teaching, she has also served in a variety of administrative capacities. She specializes in ethics with an emphasis on the use of literature in moral... Read more

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