Recent News

Passings John F. Boler John Boler died September 4, 2009, at the age of 80. He joined the department in 1960 after four years in the Air Force and four more at Harvard. His long service to the department was broken by visiting appointments at Berkeley, Irvine, Rutgers, Michigan, and Washington University. His steady contribution to medieval philosophy won him an international reputation and a one-year membership at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies. He retired in... Read more
Congratulations 2009-2010 M.A. & Ph.D. Recipients M.A. Fareed Awan - spring 2010 Andrew Fyfe- autumn 2009 Benjamin Hole - spring 2010 Tyrel Mears - autumn 2009 Jon Rosenberg - autumn 2009 Patrick Smith - spring 2010 Ph.D. Monica Aufrecht (Dissertation Chair - Arthur Fine) "Values in Science: The Distinction between the Context of Discovery and the Context of Justification" Andrew Jordan (Dissertation Chair - Cass Weller) "Putting Judgment... Read more
Advisory Board Activities The department's Advisory Board serves as an advisory council to the department Chair, assists the department in community and public relations, and supports the department's fund development and alumni outreach efforts. The board had an active year in 2009-10. For the second year, the board funded the department's Outreach Coordinator position, which has helped the department immensely by providing support for the department's development efforts, coordination of... Read more
Rabinowitz Symposium This year's Rabinowitz symposium, Approaching Dementia: Creativity and Ethics in Caring was filled to capacity. The event brought together medical clinicians and academics from the University and the community, and served as a forum for widespread conversations. The symposium took place on April 23rd, and was organized by Sara Goering (Professor, UW Philosophy and Program on Values), Janelle Taylor (Professor, UW Anthropology), and Rachel Fredericks (UW Graduate... Read more
Hypatia 25th Anniversary Hypatia, A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, turns 25 this year! The journal was first published as an autonomous journal in 1986, so volume 25 is appearing in 2010, mid-way through the five-year term in which the Hypatiaeditorial office is based at the University of Washington. The journal is hosted by the University of Washington's Simpson Center for the Humanities. Alison Wylie is the editor in residence, assisted by a stalwart editorial staff of... Read more
Melvin Rader Endowment The Melvin Rader Endowed Fund was established in October of 2009 by Philip and Estelle DeLacy. It will provide funds for student fellowships in philosophy. The generous endowment honors former philosophy faculty, Professor Melvin Rader. Rader was born in Walla Walla, Washington in 1903, and received three degrees from the UW (B.A., 1925; M.A., 1927; Ph.D., 1929). He joined the UW Philosophy Department as an Assistant Professor in 1930 where he went on to teach ethics,... Read more
Beyond Respect for Autonomy Recent public debates on issues such as physician assisted suicide and control over genetic samples highlight the importance of autonomy in American life and in American medicine. We want control over how things go in our lives, and we don't want others to force us to act against our will. Yet respect for autonomy has its limits, and in the realm of medicine, these limits are in need of some careful examination. Respect for autonomy is a fundamental ethical principle... Read more
"Doing" Philosophy with Children The Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children is a non-profit organization affiliated with the University of Washington's Department of Philosophy. For 14 years, the Center has been introducing philosophy into the lives of young people by "doing" philosophy in K-12 classrooms. The Center's "Philosophers in the Schools" program brings philosophical discussion to classrooms by teaching adults, via their workshops, ways to facilitate philosophical dialogs with... Read more
From the Chair Every year I sit down to a blank screen and begin to try to recall key events of this past year, and try to look briefly into my crystal ball to see if there are any glimmers of the future. As I try to compose my "Words" for this newsletter, I notice that there is a tray of donuts on the counter. The question that occurs to me is: "Can an academic department subsist on Top Pot Donuts?" Some days it seems like we do. Lately, I am beginning to think about a life without being Chair... Read more
Dr. Conor Mayo-Wilson has been hired as a Tenure-track Assistant Professor. He will start his University of Washington career in autumn 2014. The department is excited to have him join us. Conor earned M.A. degrees in mathematics and in logic, computation, and methodology from Carnegie Mellon University in 2010. A year later he was awarded a DeKarman fellowship, which allowed him to complete his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Carnegie Mellon in 2012. His research interests are in epistemology (... Read more

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