Recent News

Andrea Woody
As the days get longer and our campus bursts out in bloom, the Department of Philosophy bustles like a beehive. We continue our renewed efforts to reach out and beyond the campus walls.  Our #PhilosophyResponds: Conversations after the Election series was a great success, filling the halls around our communal table with people concerned to move forward... Read more
Ethics Bowl
The UW Center for Philosophy for Children hosted the 2017 Washington State High School Ethics Bowl  held on February 4, 2017, at the University of Washington School of Law. The Ethics Bowl is a collaborative yet competitive event in which teams analyze a series of wide-ranging ethical dilemmas. Over 100 high school students and teachers and 40 judges, lawyers, UW faculty and other educators participated.... Read more
Congratulations to Professor Michael Blake on his new appointment as Commissioner on the King County Board of Ethics.  The Board of Ethics oversees the administration and interpretation of the Code of Ethics for King County Employees.  The Code deals with ethical issues that arise in the course of working for King County and describes the specific ethical obligations held by employees and elected officials alike.  There are provisions in the Code about both rights and responsibilities—what King... Read more
Rabinowitz Workshop on Climate Justice
The Program on Values in Society and the Department of Philosophy will be hosting the Ben Rabinowitz Workshop on Climate Justice on the 19th of May. The event is open to faculty and students acoss the university.  The schedule for the day is below. You are welcome to join us for the whole day or for any of the talks. If you have any questions please contact Welcome and Refreshments 10am, Savery Hall 408  Talks & Abstracts:... Read more
UW Ski Team 1937
Some people’s lives play out like a movie. Lonnie Robinson, University of Washington Class of 1939, is definitely one of those people. In Act One, 17-year-old Lonnie, after growing up in West Seattle, begins attending the University of Washington in the fall of 1933. At this time, many of Seattle’s streets are still made of dirt. The country is in the midst of the Great Depression and, as Lonnie puts it, “…[it’s] a great time to be a student because there [are] no jobs to... Read more
The Freedom of Will by Ken Clatterbaugh
Professor Emeritus Ken Clatterbaugh has found a new passion in his retirement—writing fiction. Clatterbaugh’s novel, The Freedom of Will, is the story of Will Tillit, an abandoned child from east Texas being raised by his loving, devout evangelical aunt and uncle, who are determined to do their best by their young nephew. We had the pleasure to sit down with Professor Clatterbaugh and discuss the book. (This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.) What... Read more
David Schlosberg
During the Winter of 2016, Professor David Schlosberg served as a visiting scholar at the Program on Values in Society. Schlosberg is Professor of Environmental Politics at the University of Sydney, and Co-Director of the University’s Sydney Environment Institute. In this interview, the Program on Values Research Assistant... Read more
The Benjamin Rabinowitz Symposium in Medical Ethics on Race, Health & Justice took place on March 31 at the University of Washington. The purpose of the symposium was to bring together an interdisciplinary group of students and faculty, as well as researchers and policy-makers from the surrounding community, who are interested in health equity, and who think critically about race and justice. Despite a professed commitment to equality, the US continues to manifest systematic inequalities in... Read more
Amsterdam commemorated Spinoza with a statue in 2008. Via Wikimedia Commons.
Spinoza and Modern Jewish Philosophy International Conference Hosted by the UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies Sunday, May 21, 2017                                                    Monday, May 22, 201712:45pm–5:15pm                                                            9:00am–5:30pmHillel UW, 4745 17th Ave NE, Seattle                         HUB 334, UW Campus, Seattle The philosopher Benedict Spinoza (1632-1677) was... Read more
March For Science
Professor Michael Blake thinks a March for Science is needed because basic scientific knowledge is under attack - especially from the right. But Blake told KUOW's David Hyde that liberals are partly to blame, and that the problem goes way beyond science: listen to interview on My worry is not just that science is under attack but that a whole bunch of good things that depend on science are at risk. ... Read more