Recent News

Please join us for the Benjamin Rabinowitz Symposium on Race, Health and Justice from 8.30am to 6.00pm on March 31 2017 at the HUB, Room 340, University of Washington in Seattle. This cross-disciplinary symposium will bring together students, faculty, researchers and members of the public to discuss racial disparities in health and health care, and the broader social, political, economic and historical structures in which they occur. The symposium will also celebrate the... Read more
Chair Andrea Woody introduces conversation about Facts and Fake News.
The Department of Philosophy hosted the second discussion in the series #philosophyresponds: Conversations After the Election, on Friday, February 3rd. The goal of these conversations is to think productively about how the Department of Philosophy community can reach out beyond the classroom by deploying the tools, skills, and the content of philosophy to grapple with pressing social issues. The second topic, “Facts and Fake News” was led by Amanda Hornby, Head... Read more
Hate Speech and Slurs
The Department of Philosophy hosted the first discussion in our series #philosophyresponds: Conversations After the Election on Friday, January 20th. The goal of these conversations is to think productively about how the Department of Philosophy community can reach out beyond the classroom by deploying the tools, skills, and content of philosophy to grapple with pressing social issues. The first topic, “Hate Speech and Slurs,” was led by Professor Luvell Anderson of... Read more
The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies will be hosting the two day Conference “Spinoza and Modern Jewish Philosophy Conference” on May 21 and 22, 2017. This international conference aims to explore the myriad ways in which Spinoza contributed to the development of modern Jewish philosophy. Although Spinoza was banned from the Jewish community in 1656 due to his “abominable heresies,” posterity has... Read more
Tim Brown
Congratulations to philosophy graduate student Tim Brown, who has been selected as one of the inaugural National Humanities Without Walls PreDoctoral Fellows. The fellows receive a generous stipend to attend the 2017 Humanities Without Walls PreDoctoral Summer Workshop which will take place in Chicago for three weeks this summer. Humanities Without Walls (HWW) is an initiative by a consortium of humanities centers based in 15 research universities throughout the Midwest, which was launched with... Read more
Andrea Woody
There are so many terrific things happening in this department!  As the new chair of the Philosophy Department, most of my time is spent facilitating all the great things members of this community are doing, many of which are discussed in this newsletter. Indeed, being more aware of all the things we do has been a joy of my first few months. Another aspect of my job is to think about our mission and how I can help this community thrive now and in the future. The Philosophy Department is... Read more
#philosophyresponds : Conversations After the Election
Please join us to explore how the tools of philosophy can help us to grapple in productive ways with important social issues that have gained renewed attention following the 2016 national election cycle. Each session will start with a short introduction by faculty and/or graduate students, with the aim of initiating open discussion of the issues and will be held outside of Savery 361 at the large table on Fridays from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. Series Schedule: January 20thHate... Read more
Elizabeth-Scarbrough-Philosophy PhD 2015
Elizabeth Scarbrough (PhD 2015) has recently joined the faculty at Florida International University as a permanent lecturer. Previously she taught at Portland State University, and while she is sad to leave the Pacific Northwest, she is enjoying the sunshine state. In her final years as a graduate student at the University of Washington, Elizabeth held the Soden-Trueblood Publishing Fellowship at the University of Washington Press, and worked as the director of the Department of Philosophy's... Read more
Students in Classroom
This autumn quarter graduate students Blake Hereth and Paul Tubig taught Introduction to Philosophy at the Washington Women’s Correctional Facility (WCCW) in Gig Harbor, WA. The course is college-accredited and supported by Tacoma Community College and the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound (FEEPS), which is a nonprofit organization that provides college education for incarcerated women. We asked Blake and Paul to share with us some of their experiences and reflections on teaching in prison... Read more
Left to right: Randall Hansen, Janice Stein, Michael Blake & Stephen Toope.
Professor Michael Blake took part a panel discussion at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto on “Reflections on Global Affairs: Is the world really falling apart?” along with Radall Hansen, Director of the Center of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Professor of Political Science, Janice Stein, Founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and an internationally renowned expert on international conflict and global... Read more