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Friends of Philosophy Gifts to the department are crucial to our success in enhancing educational opportunities for our students. The Philosophy Department at the University of Washington thanks the following individuals, as well as those donors who wish to remain anonymous, whose contributions help support our programs. Undergraduate student awards, scholarships, and resources for future graduate scholarships would be impossible without the support of our... Read more
Value of Your Philosophy Degree? The University of Washington Philosophy Department is in the process of creating a brochure and website about the value of a philosophy degree. We believe this will be a useful resource for both incoming students, who are determining if they would like to major in philosophy, and alumni, who need to explain to a potential employer the value of a philosophy degree. Please help us in creating these informational items by taking a few minutes to... Read more
"New" Savery has New Art Thanks to alumnus, Jim Riswold, (B.A., 1983, Philosophy, Communications, and History) our "new" home in Savery Hall just got better. Jim generously donated several of his latest collection of art work (titled Philosophy is Not Funny) to the Philosophy Department, and it is now displayed throughout the main office area. For many years, Jim was a partner for the Portland based advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy. While there, as Creative Director... Read more
Passings John F. Boler John Boler died September 4, 2009, at the age of 80. He joined the department in 1960 after four years in the Air Force and four more at Harvard. His long service to the department was broken by visiting appointments at Berkeley, Irvine, Rutgers, Michigan, and Washington University. His steady contribution to medieval philosophy won him an international reputation and a one-year membership at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies. He retired in... Read more
Congratulations 2009-2010 M.A. & Ph.D. Recipients M.A. Fareed Awan - spring 2010 Andrew Fyfe- autumn 2009 Benjamin Hole - spring 2010 Tyrel Mears - autumn 2009 Jon Rosenberg - autumn 2009 Patrick Smith - spring 2010 Ph.D. Monica Aufrecht (Dissertation Chair - Arthur Fine) "Values in Science: The Distinction between the Context of Discovery and the Context of Justification" Andrew Jordan (Dissertation Chair - Cass Weller) "Putting Judgment... Read more
Advisory Board Activities The department's Advisory Board serves as an advisory council to the department Chair, assists the department in community and public relations, and supports the department's fund development and alumni outreach efforts. The board had an active year in 2009-10. For the second year, the board funded the department's Outreach Coordinator position, which has helped the department immensely by providing support for the department's development efforts, coordination of... Read more
Rabinowitz Symposium This year's Rabinowitz symposium, Approaching Dementia: Creativity and Ethics in Caring was filled to capacity. The event brought together medical clinicians and academics from the University and the community, and served as a forum for widespread conversations. The symposium took place on April 23rd, and was organized by Sara Goering (Professor, UW Philosophy and Program on Values), Janelle Taylor (Professor, UW Anthropology), and Rachel Fredericks (UW Graduate... Read more
Hypatia 25th Anniversary Hypatia, A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, turns 25 this year! The journal was first published as an autonomous journal in 1986, so volume 25 is appearing in 2010, mid-way through the five-year term in which the Hypatiaeditorial office is based at the University of Washington. The journal is hosted by the University of Washington's Simpson Center for the Humanities. Alison Wylie is the editor in residence, assisted by a stalwart editorial staff of... Read more
Melvin Rader Endowment The Melvin Rader Endowed Fund was established in October of 2009 by Philip and Estelle DeLacy. It will provide funds for student fellowships in philosophy. The generous endowment honors former philosophy faculty, Professor Melvin Rader. Rader was born in Walla Walla, Washington in 1903, and received three degrees from the UW (B.A., 1925; M.A., 1927; Ph.D., 1929). He joined the UW Philosophy Department as an Assistant Professor in 1930 where he went on to teach ethics,... Read more
Beyond Respect for Autonomy Recent public debates on issues such as physician assisted suicide and control over genetic samples highlight the importance of autonomy in American life and in American medicine. We want control over how things go in our lives, and we don't want others to force us to act against our will. Yet respect for autonomy has its limits, and in the realm of medicine, these limits are in need of some careful examination. Respect for autonomy is a fundamental ethical principle... Read more

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