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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
Our 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. For the fourth year, the board funded the department's Outreach Coordinator, Kate Goldyn, and worked with her to organize and carry out fund-raising and outreach initiatives. The board also collectively donated one of the lead gifts ($51,500) for the Ken Clatterbaugh Endowed Fund, which honors... Read more
The Benjamin Rabinowitz Lecture in Medical Ethics "It's a Boy! The Ethics of Sex Selection" will be held May 28th at 7 pm in Kane Hall 220 with a reception following in the Walker-Ames Room. Is it ethically permissible to select embryos of a particular sex for social reasons? Dr. Inmaculada de Melo-Martín Professor of Medical Ethics Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, will speak on the use of new reproductive and genetic technologies presenting us with difficult ethical choices.
From the Chair I just finished teaching PHIL100, "Introduction to Philosophy," and this quarter, like every time I teach the course, I am reminded of the impact that philosophy can make on students' lives. The comments that I most enjoy in the end of course evaluations are those that say things like "I never would have thought that philosophy could be interesting but…" or "this course really stretched my mind." We often take it for granted that philosophy is important and stimulating, but these... Read more
The 4th annual Rabinowitz Symposium in medical ethics was a huge success! It was titled, "Disordering Personalities? Psychiatric Diagnosis and Moral Responsibility." The first talk, by philosopher Nancy Potter (University of Louisville), focused on oppositional defiant disorder, with discussion of radicalized attributions of defiance in the school system, concerns about motivations for diagnosis and treatment, and the possibility of a virtue of defiance. Next, medical anthropologist Rebecca... Read more
The Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children had another year of expansion, with the help of a three-year grant from the Squire Family Foundation. Some of the highlights of the year include: Sending UW students and Center staff into five different primary and secondary schools where they facilitated classes that reached over 300 young people. Monthly sessions with teachers at John Muir Elementary School in Seattle, as well as other workshops for teachers and graduate students exploring how... Read more
Professor Arthur Fine's contributions to the field of Philosophy of Science were celebrated at this year's meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association. Colleagues, students, and former students of Arthur gathered to celebrate his work with a symposium and reception, which honored the 25th anniversary of his book, The Shaky Game: Einstein Realism and the Quantum Theory. University of Washington Professor John Manchak, who specializes in Philosophy of... Read more
Bob Richman will be remembered for his big heart, his modesty, his wit, and his intelligence. Bob died on July 30, 2011, at the age of 88. He never expected to live so long. Since the males in his family had always died young, he was surprised that he lived into his sixties and astonished that he almost reached 90. His longevity was due in part to his love of hiking. He would regularly drive to Mount Rainier for a day hike. When he had a class he would often walk from his house in Madrona to... Read more