Recent News

Doctoral student Tim Brown's work in the area of neuroethics was mentioned in an article about cross-disciplinary work at the University of Washington with a new Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) system. DBS systems are used as a treatment for essential tremor. One area of research around the Medtronic Activa® PC+S Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) system is the potential for allowing the user to control the system voluntarily. Tim will be working on the question of how having the ability to control the... Read more
Congratulations to graduate students Michelle Pham and Olin Robus! They are winners of the Rader awards for innovative summer philosophy projects for 2015. They will each receive $2000 to be put toward their respective projects. Michelle Pham will use her award to support her participation in the Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI) at the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State. The goal of PIKSI is to inspire and strengthen the interests of students from underrepresented groups... Read more
The climate committee is sponsoring another Women in Philosophy Meet and Greet. This is an opportunity for women in the department (faculty, grads, and undergrads) to meet, hang out, and get to know one another. This event will take place on Friday, April 24th at 3:30pm in SAV 408.
Department of Philosophy Faculty Meeting Agenda Tuesday, April 7th, 2015, 3:30 p.m., Savery 408   1. Chair's Updates a. New Staff Member b. STSS Certificate c. Events i. Colloquia ii. Peter Singer Book Talk - April 10, 7:00 p.m., Varsity Theater iii. Fictions Conference - April 17-18 iv. Rainer Forst - Katz Lecturer - April 28-May 1 v. Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable - May 8-10 vi. End of Year Party - June 6 vii. Graduation - June 12 2. Graduate Student Matters a. Admissions b. Masters... Read more
The Certificate in Science, Technology and Society Studies is recruiting its first cohort of STSS students this Spring! Graduate students of good standing in any program at the University of Washington are eligible to apply. We invite all interested graduate students and faculty to join us for an information session on April 22nd, and for a more celebratory launch reception (and information session) on May 29. Here are the details; mark your calendars! STSS... Read more
Department of Philosophy Gear
It is spring time and the perfect moment to purchase a Philosophy Department hat to keep the sun and rain out of your eyes! Purchase your own legendary department "PHILOSOPHY I'm in it for the Money" t-shirt or hoodie. Spring is the season of layers! T-shirts with the department logo and slogan come in blue, olive or gray, and hats in white, taupe, or gold cost $12. We also have t-shirts with only the department logo in citrus green, white, gold, or oatmeal, plus short-sleeved t-shirts cut for... Read more
The Center's Philosophers in the Schools program is in the midst of another year of growth, with faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and volunteers leading regular philosophy sessions in about 50 public elementary, middle and high school classrooms around Seattle this year, including several middle schools new for the Center. The Center's philosopher-in-residence program in the Seattle public schools... 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 is working with the department to host a spring event this year, which will take place on May 20 at The Canal, graciously donated by... Read more
In the last book of the Republic, in the famous myth of Er, Plato tells the story of how wandering souls in the afterlife are assigned a lottery token that will determine the course of their next life, when the souls are reincarnated. There is no doubt in my mind that Ann Baker received the soul of a philosopher. As the interview with her recounts, her love of philosophical argument was awakened early in college and has animated a long career at the UW until she retired at the end of... Read more