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In Memoriam: Robert Richman Professor Emeritus, Robert Richman died at his Seattle home, surrounded by his family, on July 30, 2011. He was 89 years old. During World War II, Bob was a conscientious objector, and so served as a medic on the European front. After the war, the GI bill allowed Bob to attend the University of Chicago, and then Harvard, where he earned his PhD in philosophy. He married his wife, Carol in 1948, and they moved to Eugene for his first teaching position at the... Read more
Congratulations! Professor Bill Talbott recieves Distinguished Teaching Award Each year, the University of Washington honors several members of the faculty with a Distinguished Teaching Award. Awardees are chosen based on a variety of criteria, including mastery of the subject matter; enthusiasm and innovation in the learning/teaching process; ability to engage students both within and outside the classroom; ability to inspire independent and original thinking in students and to stimulate... Read more
Telling Stories, Revealing Narratives This year's Program on Values in Society and the Department of Philosophy's annual Rabinowitz symposium on medical ethics was organized by philosopher Sara Goering (UW) and anthropologist Janelle Taylor (UW). Entitled "Telling Stories, Revealing Narratives: Perspectives in Illness and Care," the symposium focused on issues in narrative ethics and medicine. Philosopher Hilde Lindemann (Michigan State University) analyzed a variety of uses of stories (e.g.,... Read more
Hapatia Update The turn of July marked the half-way point in the five-year editorial term of Hypatia's sojourn at UW. The editorial office has been hosted by the Simpson Center for the Humanities since July 2008, under the editorship of Alison Wylie and with tremendously strong support from the Department of Philosophy. This past year graduate students Karen Emmerman served as the managing editor, and Asia Ferrin as editorial assistant; along with the advice and support of the UW... Read more
Moral Imagination Event On April 27th, the Philosophy Club hosted Professor Emeritus Charles Johnson (UW English), who led an examination on "Moral Imagination," and the role of philosophy in literature. Charles Johnson received the 1990 National Book Award for his novel Middle Passage, was a MacArthur Fellow in 1998, and the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature in 2002. He has also authored four novels, two collections of short stories, two... Read more
Biological Futures Initiative Biological Futures in a Globalized World is a joint initiative of the Simpson Center for the Humanities and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC). This spring saw the launch of an ambitious two-year project on the social impacts and ethical implications of fast-moving developments in the biological sciences. Philosophy faculty are centrally involved, and it will bring to the department a Postdoctoral Fellow with expertise in (non-medical) research... Read more
Philosophy for Children This year the Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children, with the help of a three-year grant from the Squire Family Foundation, was able to expand its Philosophers in the Schools program both locally and regionally. The program sent UW graduate and undergraduate students, as well as the Center's staff, into six different primary and secondary schools, where they facilitated philosophy classes that reached over 500 young people. The Squire grant is supporting stipends... Read more
Global Justice, Undocumented Immigration - Amnesty? The world contains within it wealthy nations and poorer nations, and on any plausible theory of global justice the underdevelopment of the poorer nations is unjust. How, in light of this, should we understand the morality of amnesty for undocumented immigrants? Does the fact that such immigrants are fleeing unjust poverty give rise to a justice-based claim to remain within the society in which they have sought refuge? Fully answering these... Read more
Michael Rosenthal
Every coin has two sides. I learned this again when I told people that I had been asked to serve as Chair for the department. The first response that I heard was a quick "Congratulations," often accompanied with a handshake and smile. But the next thing I heard, almost immediately afterwards, was almost always, "Condolences." The same smile was present during both utterances. Being Chair is that kind of thing, I suppose. Let me say a little about both sides of the job. On the one hand, I am... Read more
Alumni News Jack Bayne, M.A., 1974 After earning his M.A., Jack spent the next 14 years teaching mainly US Military personnel in Europe for the University of Maryland, European Division. He then moved to Boston and began teaching for the University of Massachusetts, and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He has taught at both institutions ever since and attained Senior Lecturer status a few years ago. He and his wife are looking forward to... Read more

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