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Michael Blake has a new book out... Justice & Foreign Policy. This book is an argument about the moral foundations of foreign policy. It argues that a liberal state can insist upon the universal reach of liberal ideas, while still distinguishing between what is owed to citizens and what is owed to foreign citizens. This liberalism includes a concern for liberal toleration, which is intended to defend the proposition that a liberal state can work for democratization and liberalism... Read more
Professor Sara Goering leads the ethics thrust at the UW Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering. Earlier this month researchers were able to send a brain signal via the internet to control the hand motions of another researcher, who was on the other side of UW campus. Sara Goering went on KUOW to discuss the ethics of these emerging technologies and what they mean for the future of privacy and identity. Listen Here
The Society of Women in Philosophy has chosen Professor Alison Wylie to be the recipient of the award for 2013. Wylie will be honored at the traditional panel session held by SWIP at the Eastern APA in honor of the DWP award winner. Readers may be familiar with Wylie's scholarship in philosophy of science, feminism, and standpoint theory, her sundry successful efforts to mentor women in the field, her service to Canadian and American... Read more
Stephen Gardiner is presenting work on geoengineering at Harvard on August 7. See http://www.seas.harvard.edu/calendar/event/51211
Michael Blake's book Justice and Foreign Policy is being released by Oxford University Press in September of 2013. See
Congratulations go to Professor John Manchak for earning the title of Distinguished Teacher for 2013! Each year, the University of Washington honors several members of the faculty as Distinguished Teachers. 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... Read more
Once scoffed at as a luxury major, philosophy is being embraced at Rutgers and other universities by a new generation of college students who are drawing modern-day lessons from the age-old discipline as they try to make sense of their world, from the morality of the war in Iraq to the latest political scandal.
Professors Johnson, Moore, and Goering read Johnson's story "Dr. King's Refrigerator" and discuss the role of imagination in literature and the contribution literature makes to the development of moral awareness. A talk made possible by the Friends of Philosophy at the University of Washington, Department of Philosophy. Moral Imagination: A discussion of literature and moral awareness from UW College of Arts &... Read more
BFGW is a cluster of projects hosted by the Simpson Center for the Humanities in partnership with the Center for Biological Futures (CBF) at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Program on Values in Society (POV) at UW. Our goal is to develop an interdisciplinary network of scholars and scientists in order to foster better thinking about the dramatic growth in biological knowledge, its... Read more
Kelsey Kamitomo's paper, "Duty, Sentience, and Morally Culpable: an Argument for the Rights of Animals" has been accepted at two different undergraduate conferences. Kelsey's paper was originally written for Lauren Hartzel Nichol's Animal Welfare course. Abstract: This paper argues it is the duty of each individual to consider the interests of non-human animals and create a culture that gives proper consideration to the interests of others, as well as prevent... Read more

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