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Associate Professor of Philosophy Carole Lee’s interdisciplinary research exploring racial disparities in grant funding gained traction with a letter published in The Lancet. Featured on The Lancet 
Ian Schnee addressing the new student convocation
On September 27, 2020, Ian Schnee helped welcome new students to the University of Washington on behalf of faculty as part of this year’s livestreamed New Student Convocation. A 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award winner, Schnee was asked to speak because, as University Marshal Joseph Janes explained... Read more
University of Washington faculty member Ian Schnee, associate teaching professor in the Department of Philosophy, was the featured speaker at the UW’s 37th annual New Student Convocation. Featured on UW News 
Protestors holding up the letters LIAR in front of the White House.
Michael Blake, professor of philosophy, examines the fact that every U.S. president has lied and if these lies can be morally defensible. Media’s accounts of Trump’s lies would seem to indicate that most people are wholeheartedly opposed to lying – and, in particular, opposed to being lied to by presidents. And yet a recent survey of presidential deception found that all American presidents – from Washington to Trump – have told lies, knowingly, in their public statements. As a political... Read more
Poster with speakers and titles
Benjamin Rabinowitz Symposium in Medical Ethics on Emotion and Empathy Thursday, Sep. 24, 2020 from 11:35a.m.-6:05p.m. Please email Carina Fourie,, for advance access to the papers and the Zoom link. Speakers: Timothy Brown (University of Washington), Georgina Campelia (University of Washington), Georgina Morley (The Cleveland Clinic), Sara Protasi (University of Puget... Read more
Worker at taco restaurant in front of sign that reads "no mask no taco"
Colin Marshall, associate professor of philosophy, explains what to say to someone who refuses to wear a mask. Multiple studies have shown that masks reduce the transmission of virus-loaded droplets from people with COVID-19. However, according to a Gallup poll, almost a third of Americans say they rarely... Read more
Conor Mayo-Wilson
Philosophy professor Conor Mayo-Wilson will be co-teaching a course on "Statistics and Philosophy of Voting" in Autumn 2020. The course is offered by the Department of Statistics and the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS) and listed as STAT 498 / CSSS 594 in the time schedule. He will be co-teaching the course with Elena Erosheva (Statistics and... Read more
Empty lecture room chairs
Professor Michael Blake contributed to the Oxford University Press blog with a post examining the Trump administration’s immigration policies. In A philosopher’s perspective on the cruelty of Donald Trump’s immigration policies, Michael reflects upon the language used by universities across the country in response to the administration’s announcement of a new... Read more
Philosophy for Children Zoom Class
Jana Mohr Lone, director of the University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children, discusses teaching philosophy with children during a pandemic. “We don’t really need ‘going to school,’” Ella Wagar, a 10-year-old from Seattle, told her online peers during a recent Zoom session. “What we really do need are friends. If you don’t have friends, it sucks; you play alone, you eat alone.” The children were exploring the difference between needs and wants in light of the pandemic in a weekly... Read more
Open book in sunbeam
With so many traditional summer activities limited by the pandemic and our thoughts focused on justice and politics, our philosophy faculty members offer a few suggestions for your summer 2020 reading list. Check out the books that our faculty members have read recently or are planning to read this summer. We hope you find something to add to your list. Michael Blake Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for... Read more