Recent News

The Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children has had a busy winter and spring. Some highlights: Conferences - All three Center staff gave talks at the American Philosophical Association Pacific meeting in Seattle in April. Center Director Jana Mohr Lone is giving the keynote at the San Diego State University Graduate Conference in Ethics in May, "Philosophy and Education: A Gateway to Inquiry," and Jana, Sara Goering and David Shapiro have had a joint paper about respect,... Read more
The 5th annual Rabinowitz Symposium in medical ethics was held Friday, April 13, on the topic "Disordering Personalities? Psychiatric Diagnosis and Moral Responsibility." The first talk, by philosophy professor Nancy Potter, University of Louisville, focused on oppositional defiant disorder, with discussion of radicalized attributions of defiance in the school system, concerns about motivations for diagnosis and treatment, and the possibility of a virtue of defiance. Psychiatrist Jonathan Metzl... Read more
Congratulations to Sophomore Jeffrey Lee of Kent, WA, who was named freshman Presidential Medalist (most outstanding student in his class) for the 2012-13 academic year. Jeffrey is majoring in philosophy and neurobiology and sees medical school in his future. He is specifically interested in learning about the brain to better "appreciate how this measly 3-pound hunk of tissue wedged between our ears has so much capacity for curiosity and innovation." Jeffrey currently volunteers at the Child... Read more
Professor Arthur Fine's contributions to the field of Philosophy of Science were celebrated at this year's meeting of the Pacific APA. Colleagues, students, and former students of Arthur's gathered to celebrate his work with a symposium and reception, which honored the 25thanniversary of his book, The Shaky Game: Einstein Realism and the Quantum Theory. The UW Department of Philosophy was pleased to announce The Arthur Fine Prize in Philosophy of Science at the reception in his honor... Read more
In celebration of the University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences' 150th anniversary, the College selected 150 accomplished alumni to receive a Timeless Award. The recipients were chosen on the basis of nominations from colleagues and friends. Honorees included Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, educators, athletes, politicians, artists, social activists and more, demonstrating the tremendous breadth of a liberal arts education, and its critical role in preparing future leaders. The... Read more
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