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CENTER FOR PHILOSOPHY FOR CHILDREN Washington State High School Ethics Bowl, which was sponsored by the UW Philosophy Department, Program on Values in Society, School of Law, and the College of Arts & Sciences Social Sciences Division, as well as several law firms. An Ethics Bowl is a collaborative yet competitive event, in which teams analyze a series of wide-ranging ethical dilemmas, deepening the awareness of high school students about interesting ethical, legal and... Read more
Interning at the UW Press Elizabeth Scarbrough Since 1999, the University of Washington Press has introduced graduate students in the humanities to the world of scholarly publishing through a graduate internship, now supported by the Soden-Trueblood Graduate Publishing Endowment. Graduate student, Elizabeth Scarbrough was chosen as the Publishing Fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year, and is the first fellow to come from the philosophy department. Here is what she has to... Read more
Remembering Shawn Mintek Shawn Mintek, PhD '77, passed away at home on September 23, 2013, at age 64 from aggressive prostate cancer. After earning his doctorate from the University of Washington's Philosophy Department, Shawn began a 27-year career as a teacher at Seattle's Franklin High School. From 1986 to 2013, he taught Senior Humanities and Math to hundreds of students. By all accounts, he was an amazing teacher, who inspired many of his students to continue to pursue the... Read more
Professor Carole Lee Wins COST Grant Carole Lee, as a secondary proposer, has just been funded by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology agency for a four-year COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) grant. She will be working with an interdisciplinary and international group of researchers to explore questions about the future of peer review and publication. Carole, and the rest of the research group will explore answers to questions like: Are new... Read more
Interview with Graduate Student: Andrea Sullivan-Clarke Andrea Sullivan-Clarke, a member of the Muskogee Nation of Oklahoma, moved to Seattle in 2005, with her family of four children (age 5 to 13) in tow, to pursue a Ph.D. in UW's philosophy graduate program. She will defend her dissertation, Analogical Reasoning and Scientific Practice: The Problem of Ingrained Analogy, this spring/summer. She took time out of her extremely busy schedule to talk to us about her... Read more
Carole Lee, as a secondary proposer, has just been funded by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology agency for a four-year COST grant. She will be working with an interdisciplinary and international group of researchers to explore questions about the future of peer review and publication. Carole, and the rest of the research group will explore answers to questions like: Are new models of publication and peer-review (online and open review) preferable over the more traditional models... Read more
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
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 1992 at the... Read more

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