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Zoom gallery screen capture of the 2021 graduates
On Friday, June 11, we held our second virtual graduation celebration with our graduates, faculty, family, and friends. While we wish we could have celebrated in person, it was lovely to see our students celebrating their graduation with friends and family supporting them on Zoom. Congratulations to the sixty-five Bachelor of Arts graduates, and the three Doctorate of Philosophy graduates of the class of 2021! Our ceremony this year also included our graduation alumnus speaker, Judge Salvador... Read more
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Children ask a lot of questions, and too often we dismiss them instead of embracing their wonder. Jana Mohr Lone, director and founder of the University of Washington’s Center for Philosophy for Children, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about why children offer unique viewpoints on life’s philosophical mysteries, and why it’s important to take them seriously.  Listen to the Think podcast episode: Children Are... Read more
Child and parent both wearing face masks
Nancy Jecker, Professor of Bioethics and Humanities, discusses if parents and unvaccinated children should continue to wear masks. Fully vaccinated adults are celebrating their new freedom and removing their face masks. Yet for parents of children under age 12, the rejoicing might be short-lived. Since children that age do not yet have access to vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says they are better off staying masked when in public and around people they don’t live with... Read more
José Mendoza
Professor José Jorge Mendoza will be part of the free APA webinar on Monday, June 21st at 2 pm ET/ 11 am PT for undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing further study in philosophy: Underrepresented Perspectives on Pursuing Academic Philosophy. The panel also includes Keisha Ray, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Bioethics, University of Texas McGovern Medical School, and Bailey Thomas, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Louisville, and Sahar Joakim,... Read more
Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award: Aaron Rosser
The Department of Philosophy celebrated the achievements of our undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and faculty at our annual Awards Ceremony on May 21, 2021. The awards ceremony was held virtually for the second year but that did not lessen our pride or reduce our celebration of our award winners’ accomplishments. Our philosophy community continued its annual tradition of honoring our award winners by having faculty and graduate students... Read more
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Professor Sara Goering discusses the need for legal privacy rights for one’s thoughts and memories in an article on Gizmodo, which examines the NeuroRights Initiative, formed by Columbia University neuroscientist Rafael Yuste. “This is a new frontier of privacy rights, in that the things that are inside of our heads are ours. They’re intimate; we share them when we want to share them. And we don’t want that to be made into a data... Read more
Painting of feudal peasant working in field in front of castle
PhD candidate Michael Ball-Blakely wrote "Transnational Capitalism and Feudal Privilege: Open Borders as a Tool for Non-Domination" for the APA blog, comparing modern governmental border systems to the feudal caste system and explaining how open borders could serve as a solution to this injustice. Moreover, many would-be migrants are already in a relationship with high-income countries that serves to benefit the latter at the expense of the former. The current system of divided citizenships,... Read more