Recent News

Please join us in celebrating the retirement of Professor Ken Clatterbaugh on Wednesday, May 23rd at the Center for Urban Horticulture from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. RSVP to the Kate Goldyn at or 206-685-1374 Unable to attend? Please honor Professor Clatterbaugh with a gift to the Kenneth C. Clatterbaugh Endowed Scholarship in Philosophy link to giving... Read more
The tri-campus Research Cluster on Human Interactions and Normative Innovation (HI-NORM) held an international conference this May 11th and 12th titled "Cosmopolitan Rights and Responsibilities." The two day conference had two sessions each day which covered topics such as: "Cosmopolitan Encounters, Are There Cosmopolitan Responsibilities?", "How Should We Understand Cosmopolitan Responsibility?" and "Cosmopolitan Responsibility: Global Answer to Global Problems". Each day was capped off with a... Read more
The Annual American Philosophical Association (APA) Pacific Division held its annual meeting in Seattle on April 4 - 7, and the UW Department of Philosophy was significantly represented throughout the conference. The meeting highlights included Professor Alison Wylie's Presidential Address: "Feminist Philosophy of Science: Standpoint Matters," which will be published in the Proceedings of the APA. A podcast will be also be posted on the website of the journal... Read more
Graduate Student Conference The biennial Philosophy Graduate Student Conference: Stances, Relations and Value, was held on January 10th and 11th. Former UW professor Angela Smith delivered the Saturday keynote address "Implicit Attitudes, Moral Agency, and Moral Responsibility." Friday afternoon, Kristen Intemann, UW PhD '04, Montana State University, delivered the keynote address "Values and Uncertainties in Climate Change Research: Who Needs Consensus Anyway?"... Read more
The First Washington State High School Ethics Bowl The first Washington State High School Ethics Bowl was a great success! It was held on Saturday, February 1, 2014, on the UW campus here in Savery Hall. The event was hosted by the UW Center for Philosophy for Children and involved 22 teams from 13 high schools and an array of lawyers, judges, philosophers, business people and others that volunteered their time to serve as judges and moderators. Congratulations go to Seattle... Read more
DEPARTMENT ADVISORY BOARD The department's Advisory Board advises the department chair, supports the department's community and public relations activities, and assists in implementing the department's fund development and outreach efforts. Advisory Board members are: David Byrne, Meaghen Friel, Dan Gerler, Jana Mohr Lone, Ann Owens, Jack Sabin and Jasmin Weaver. The board meets five times a year and is involved in various fundraising and outreach initiatives. If you are... Read more
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