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The Difference Between the Past and the Future Poster
David Albert’s lecture The Difference Between the Past and the Future was presented to a standing room only audience on October 27, 2015.  The first in the O’Hara Lecture Series in philosophy of physics, Professor Albert spoke on our ability to affect the future and not the past. It seems to us that by acting now we can affect the future, but not the past.  He described some recent work on the foundations of statistical mechanics which seeks to understand this phenomenon not as a part... Read more
Migration Crisis Poster
Our response to the ongoing migration crisis Syria and in many other places in the world has many dimensions. One crucial question is the nature and extent of our ethical obligation to help people in need. At the University of Washington, philosophers in our department spend a lot of time thinking about this question and would like to stimulate discussion about this important topic in its various aspects. The third in the series discussions will examine compassion and is led by Professor Colin... Read more
Migration Crisis Poster
Our response to the ongoing migration crisis Syria and in many other places in the world has many dimensions. One crucial question is the nature and extent of our ethical obligation to help people in need. At the University of Washington, philosophers in our department spend a lot of time thinking about this question and would like to stimulate discussion about this important topic in its various aspects. The second in the series discussions will examine human rights and is led by Professor... Read more
Grad Student Conference 2016 Call for Papers
The University of Washington Graduate Student Conference in Philosophy is coming this spring! The conference will be held March 11-12, 2016, and will feature Professor Kevin C. Elliott of Michigan State University as the keynote speaker. The theme of the conference is "Values in Science" (broadly construed). Papers in any area of philosophy will be considered, but those that relate to the conference theme will be given preference. We invite graduate students to submit papers by email to... Read more
UW Philosophers talk about the Migration Crisis
Our response to the ongoing migration crisis Syria and in many other places in the world has many dimensions. One crucial question is the nature and extent of our ethical obligation to help people in need. At the University of Washington, philosophers in our department spend a lot of time thinking about this question and would like to stimulate discussion about this important topic in its various aspects. The first in the series discussions examined human rights and is led by Professor Bill... Read more
 Professor Michael Blake speaks with NPR's David Hyde about the moral responsibilities of business leaders who meet with China's President Xi Jinping during his visit to Seattle. http://kuow.org/post/what-should-seattle-ceos-say-about-chinese-factories
Conor Mayo-Wilson
Congratulations to Professor Conor Mayo-Wilson. His paper "The Limits of Piecemeal Causal Inference" has been named one of the ten best philosophy papers published in2014 by The Philosopher's Annual. The paper was originally published in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. The editors of The Philosopher's Annual describe the project as follows: "In “The Limits of Piecemeal Causal Inference,” Conor Mayo-Wilson tackles a problem that is of both deep... Read more
In March 2015, Professor Ronald Moore gave a pre-concert lecture on music composed during World War I. This talk was part of a three-part series of concerts and lectures that began in 2014 to mark 100 years since the beginning of the Great War. Professor Moore's lecture and the accompanying concert are now available online. Listen here: http://kuow.org/post/what-music-can-teach-us-about-lasting-impact-wwi More... Read more
The UW Center for Philosophy for Children has had great success in integrating philosophy into the K-12 public schools in Seattle. If you've ever been curious to see first-hand what philosophy for children looks like in action, the new short film Philosophical Children showcases the work of the UW Center for Philosophy for Children in action.   This in-depth look at the work of the Center... Read more
Philosophy Professor Lauren Hartzell Nichols and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Thomas Ackerman were brought together by Humanities Washington for the Think and Drink events at Naked City Brewery and the Rainier Room in Seattle to discuss and ponder the reality of climate change and whether or not technology should be part of the solution. They spoke of the impact rising temperatures will likely have on Washington State, including more frequent hot, dry summers like the one we’re experiencing... Read more

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