Recent News

Congratulations to philosophy major Kelsey Kamitomo, BA '13! Kelsey's paper entitled "Duty, Sentience, and Morally Culpable: An Argument for the Rights of Animals" was awarded first place in the undergraduate division at the Appalachian Regional Colloquium. Kelsey has been invited to present her paper at four conferences: the Appalachian Regional Colloquium at Eastern Tennessee State University; 'Social Responsibility' at Georgia State University; Pacific University's Undergraduate Philosophy... Read more
HuskyFest 2012 celebrated the 150th anniversary of the University of Washington. UW opened its doors to the community with a campus-wide festival that included music, tours, exhibits, lectures and more. The Department of Philosophy contributed by having a series of fascinating talks. Professor Lauren Hartzell Nichols kicked off Philosophy's HuskyFest program with a stimulating talk about whether we as individuals need to be concerned about limiting our personal carbon emissions... Read more
Spring is always a busy time, both in and outside of the Department. Here are just a few highlights of what's been happening in our world. In early April two of our faculty were honored at the recent meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association in Seattle. More than four hundred people gathered in the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Hotel to hear Professor Alison Wylie deliver the Presidential Address, "Feminist Philosophy of Science: Standpoint Matters." The next... Read more
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