Recent News

The Center experienced another year of expansion in 2014-2015. A growing cadre of faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, teachers, and volunteers made possible the involvement of the Center’s Philosophers in the Schools program in 50 public elementary, middle and high school classrooms around Seattle this past year, including several middle schools new for the Center and weekly classes at the public... Read more
2015 Philosophy DepartmentAward Winners
The Department held its second annual Awards Reception on the evening of June 11, 2015 at the University of Washington Club, to celebrate and honor all of the award recipients.  The ceremony provided a perfect occasion for faculty members to share their personal experiences in the classroom with the award recipient and their friends and families. Thank you to our many alumni and friends who make it possible for us to support our undergraduate, graduate students and faculty in this way.  Please... 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, Eric Schmidt and Jasmin Weaver.  The board assisted the department in hosting a spring event this year, which took place in May at The Canal, a beautiful space... Read more
Professor Michael Blake talks with David Hyde on KUOW - NPR's show The Record about whether it is ethical for our local companies such as Microsoft to hire more foreign workers. The segment aired July 10, 2015. Listen here:
Professor Michael Blake talks to David Hyde on the KUOW - NPR Show The Record about how Seattle's rent control debate is about more than economics. The segment aired July 9, 2015. Listen here:
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