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Congratulations to Sophomore Jeffrey Lee of Kent, WA, who was named freshman Presidential Medalist (most outstanding student in his class) for the 2012-13 academic year. Jeffrey is majoring in philosophy and neurobiology and sees medical school in his future. He is specifically interested in learning about the brain to better "appreciate how this measly 3-pound hunk of tissue wedged between our ears has so much capacity for curiosity and innovation." Jeffrey currently volunteers at the Child... Read more
Arthur Fine Prize in Philosophy of Science Professor Arthur Fine's contributions to the field of Philosophy of Science were celebrated at this year's meeting of the Pacific APA. Colleagues, students, and former students of Arthur's gathered to celebrate his work with a symposium and reception, which honored the 25thanniversary of his book, The Shaky Game: Einstein Realism and the Quantum Theory. The UW Department of Philosophy was pleased to announce The Arthur Fine... Read more
Congratulations to Our UW Timeless Award Winners! In celebration of the University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences' 150th anniversary, the College selected 150 accomplished alumni to receive a Timeless Award. The recipients were chosen on the basis of nominations from colleagues and friends. Honorees included Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, educators, athletes, politicians, artists, social activists and more, demonstrating the tremendous breadth of a liberal arts education, and its... Read more
Congratulations Kelsey Kamitomo! Congratulations to philosophy major Kelsey Kamitomo, BA '13! Kelsey's paper entitled "Duty, Sentience, and Morally Culpable: An Argument for the Rights of Animals" was awarded first place in the undergraduate division at the Appalachian Regional Colloquium. Kelsey has been invited to present her paper at four conferences: the Appalachian Regional Colloquium at Eastern Tennessee State University; 'Social Responsibility' at Georgia State University; Pacific... Read more
HuskyFest 2012! HuskyFest 2012 celebrated the 150thanniversary of the University of Washington. UW opened its doors to the community with a campus-wide festival that included music, tours, exhibits, lectures and more. The Department of Philosophy contributed by having a series of fascinating talks. Professor Lauren Hartzell Nichols kicked off Philosophy's HuskyFest program with a stimulating talk about whether we as individuals need to be concerned about... Read more
From the Chair Spring is always a busy time, both in and outside of the Department. Here are just a few highlights of what's been happening in our world. In early April two of our faculty were honored at the recent meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association in Seattle. More than four hundred people gathered in the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Hotel to hear Professor Alison Wylie deliver the Presidential Address, "Feminist Philosophy of Science:... Read more
Ken Clatterbaugh's Retirement Celebration Please join us in celebrating the retirement of Professor Ken Clatterbaugh on Wednesday, May 23rd at the Center for Urban Horticulture from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. RSVP to the Kate Goldyn at kgoldyn@uw.edu or 206-685-1374 Unable to attend? Please honor Professor Clatterbaugh with a gift to the Kenneth C. Clatterbaugh Endowed Scholarship in Philosophy... Read more
Cosmopolitan Rights and Responsiblities Conference The tri-campus Research Cluster on Human Interactions and Normative Innovation (HI-NORM) held an international conference this May 11th and 12th titled "Cosmopolitan Rights and Responsibilities." The two day conference had two sessions each day which covered topics such as: "Cosmopolitan Encounters, Are There Cosmopolitan Responsibilities?", "How Should We Understand Cosmopolitan Responsibility?" and "Cosmopolitan Responsibility: Global Answer... Read more
APA Pacific Meeting The Annual American Philosophical Association (APA) Pacific Division held its annual meeting in Seattle on April 4 - 7, and the UW Department of Philosophy was significantly represented throughout the conference. The meeting highlights included Professor Alison Wylie's Presidential Address: "Feminist Philosophy of Science: Standpoint Matters," which will be published in the Proceedings of the APA. A podcast will be also be posted on the website of the journal... Read more
Graduate Student Conference The biennial Philosophy Graduate Student Conference: Stances, Relations and Value, was held on January 10th and 11th. Former UW professor Angela Smith delivered the Saturday keynote address "Implicit Attitudes, Moral Agency, and Moral Responsibility." Friday afternoon, Kristen Intemann, UW PhD '04, Montana State University, delivered the keynote address "Values and Uncertainties in Climate Change Research: Who Needs Consensus Anyway?"... Read more

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