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Progress in Science and in the Arts Lecture
Join us on Wednesday, April 6th from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in Kane Hall 220 for Progress in the Sciences and in the Arts presented by Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, a reception will follow in the Walker-Ames Room (Kane 225). To register, go to the Events Calendar and click the “Register” button below the April 6, 2016 event listing. Progress in the Sciences and in... Read more
Climate change: life and death
Join us on March 4, 2016 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm in Savery Hall Room 260 for The Ben Rabinowitz Lecture in Environmental Ethics Climate change: life and death, John Broome, Visiting Professor, Stanford University, Emeritus White's Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Oxford, U.K.   Climate change raises important and difficult issues of ethics. Broadly they fall into two classes. There are issues of justice concerned with how the work of dealing with climate change should... Read more
Michael Rosenthal
Professor Michael Rosenthal presents Spinoza and the Struggle for Toleration in the Modern World at the Temple Beth Am, on Wednesday, March 2, 9, and 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.  The whole series $35 or $15 per lecture, and free for students with valid ID. All lectures are open to the entire Seattle Community. More information and registration at March 2: Why was... Read more
Steve Gardiner will be a member for the Committee on International Cooperation for a three-year term starting July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.  As part of the committee, Steve will supervise the international activities of the association which include planning for international conferences, publicizing philosophical activity abroad, facilitating the exchange of information and research between American philosophers and those in other countries, providing support and assistance to... Read more
Amy Reed-Sandoval, PhD 2014, was award the grant for promoting philosophy for children at the Mexico-U.S. Border from the American Philosophical Association.  The Philosophy for Children in the Borderlands program at the University of Texas at El Paso is dedicated to providing... Read more
Feasting with Faculty
Get to know UW Jewish Studies faculty! This quarter, we’re proud to host Jewish Studies faculty member, Professor Michael Rosenthal, for dinner with students. Join Prof.Rosenthal for an informal conversation over an Iranian/Persian feast. This event is open to undergraduate and graduate students only. No cost but registration is required. When & Where:Thursday, January 21st, 2016 at 6:00pmPersepolis Grill5517 University Way NE, Seattle WA 98105
Every week, The Washington Post website hosts: In Theory, which takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives.  This week the focus is on the ethics of global warming and Professor Stephen Gardiner leads the conversation with the article, “Why Climate Change is... Read more
"We do not solve the climate problem if we inflict catastrophe on future generations," writes Stephen Gardiner, professor of philosophy at the UW. Featured on The Washington Post 
Michael Rosenthal
Philosophy makes a difference.  You may know that, but, apparently not everyone does.  Recently a presidential candidate claimed that a student would do better if she became a welder rather than a philosopher.  It turns out that he was wrong:  although welding is certainly a useful skill, the average salary of someone who has earned a philosophy degree is significantly higher than that of a welder.  However, it is not just a question of the financial value of a philosophy degree.  The deeper... Read more
Nick Hanauer
Nick Hanauer, UW Philosophy BA ’81, is a co-founder and partner in Seattle-based venture capital firm, Second Avenue Partners. In 2015, he also founded Civic Ventures, a small group of political troublemakers devoted to ideas, policies, and actions that catalyze significant social change. We sat down with him to discuss his work with Civic Ventures including: funding public education, defending the liberal arts, increasing the... Read more