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Alumni News Gwynne Taraska, Ph.D., 2009 Gwynne is now working as a research scholar in the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is currently working on research projects in policy/environmental ethics, and is looking forward to teaching some logic courses in the future. John Francis Keegan, Graduate Studies in 1965-69 John died in February 2011 at the age of 79. After John served as a military police... Read more
Advisory Board Update The department's Advisory Board advises the chair, supports the department's community and public relations activities, and assists the department's fund development and outreach efforts. For the third year, the board funded the department's Outreach Coordinator position, held by Kate Goldyn, and worked with Kate to organize and carry out fund-raising and outreach initiatives. The board also created an online brochure entitled "Why Study Philosophy?" It describes why... Read more
In Memoriam: Robert Richman Professor Emeritus, Robert Richman died at his Seattle home, surrounded by his family, on July 30, 2011. He was 89 years old. During World War II, Bob was a conscientious objector, and so served as a medic on the European front. After the war, the GI bill allowed Bob to attend the University of Chicago, and then Harvard, where he earned his PhD in philosophy. He married his wife, Carol in 1948, and they moved to Eugene for his first teaching position at the... Read more
Congratulations! Professor Bill Talbott recieves Distinguished Teaching Award Each year, the University of Washington honors several members of the faculty with a Distinguished Teaching Award. Awardees are chosen based on a variety of criteria, including mastery of the subject matter; enthusiasm and innovation in the learning/teaching process; ability to engage students both within and outside the classroom; ability to inspire independent and original thinking in students and to stimulate... Read more
Telling Stories, Revealing Narratives This year's Program on Values in Society and the Department of Philosophy's annual Rabinowitz symposium on medical ethics was organized by philosopher Sara Goering (UW) and anthropologist Janelle Taylor (UW). Entitled "Telling Stories, Revealing Narratives: Perspectives in Illness and Care," the symposium focused on issues in narrative ethics and medicine. Philosopher Hilde Lindemann (Michigan State University) analyzed a variety of uses of stories (e.g.,... Read more
Hapatia Update The turn of July marked the half-way point in the five-year editorial term of Hypatia's sojourn at UW. The editorial office has been hosted by the Simpson Center for the Humanities since July 2008, under the editorship of Alison Wylie and with tremendously strong support from the Department of Philosophy. This past year graduate students Karen Emmerman served as the managing editor, and Asia Ferrin as editorial assistant; along with the advice and support of the UW... Read more
Moral Imagination Event On April 27th, the Philosophy Club hosted Professor Emeritus Charles Johnson (UW English), who led an examination on "Moral Imagination," and the role of philosophy in literature. Charles Johnson received the 1990 National Book Award for his novel Middle Passage, was a MacArthur Fellow in 1998, and the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature in 2002. He has also authored four novels, two collections of short stories, two... Read more
Biological Futures Initiative Biological Futures in a Globalized World is a joint initiative of the Simpson Center for the Humanities and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC). This spring saw the launch of an ambitious two-year project on the social impacts and ethical implications of fast-moving developments in the biological sciences. Philosophy faculty are centrally involved, and it will bring to the department a Postdoctoral Fellow with expertise in (non-medical) research... Read more
Philosophy for Children This year the Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children, with the help of a three-year grant from the Squire Family Foundation, was able to expand its Philosophers in the Schools program both locally and regionally. The program sent UW graduate and undergraduate students, as well as the Center's staff, into six different primary and secondary schools, where they facilitated philosophy classes that reached over 500 young people. The Squire grant is supporting stipends... Read more
Global Justice, Undocumented Immigration - Amnesty? The world contains within it wealthy nations and poorer nations, and on any plausible theory of global justice the underdevelopment of the poorer nations is unjust. How, in light of this, should we understand the morality of amnesty for undocumented immigrants? Does the fact that such immigrants are fleeing unjust poverty give rise to a justice-based claim to remain within the society in which they have sought refuge? Fully answering these... Read more