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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: 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
Mark Your Calendars for Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 7 PM, for our annual Rabinowitz event! This year Professor Inmaculada de Melo-Martin, Ph.D., M.S., Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University will give lecture titled: "It's a Boy! The Ethics of Sex Selection." This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Program on Values in Society with generous assistance form the Rabinowitz Endowment for medical ethics. Abstract: The use of new reproductive and genetic technologies... Read more
Hypatia has been hosted by UW for four eventful years. Over this time, four philosophy graduate students have kept the journal on the rails; Asia Ferrin will continue as Managing Editor for this final year, joined by Elizabeth Scarbrough who replaced Rachel Fredericks as Editorial Assistant. Alison Wylie, the senior editor for this five-year editorial term, is especially proud of two special features that appeared inHypatia this past year: A new Hypatia Virtual Issue... Read more
Faculty Michael Blake was promoted to full professor. Stephen Gardiner was on sabbatical leave this year as a visiting fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (Fall 2011), as a H.L.A. Hart Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Ethics and Philosophy of Law at Oxford University (Winter 2012), and as a Visiting Fellow at the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University (Spring 2012). Arthur Fine's... Read more