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Professor Michael Blake explains why it is important, as a moral condemnation by our society, to impeach President Trump even though the trial will not be finished before the end of Trump’s term of office. Citizens in a democratic society do not need to agree about political morality. They can recognize their political opponents as entitled to their views – however mistaken each side takes those alternative views to be. Conservatives and liberals have often regarded each other as wrong, but... Read more
Book Cover - Justice, Migration, & Mercy
Congratulations to Professor Michael Blake, whose book Justice, Migration, & Mercy is one of the Best of 2020 Philosophy from Oxford University Press. The Oxford University Press is celebrating the new year with a curated collection of free chapters from twenty of the most popular Philosophy books from 2020. Read the free chapter, “... Read more
Professor of philosophy Michael Blake's new book "Justice, Migration, & Mercy" has been named one of the Best of 2020 Philosophy from Oxford University Press. Featured on Department of Philosophy 
Professor Ruth Faden
Join us virtually for the annual ethics lecture: Social Injustice and COVID-19 Vaccines, Professor Ruth Faden, Founder, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, Philip Franklin Wagley Professor, on January 29, 2021, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Register for here for Social Injustice and COVID-19 Vaccines  Abstract: What makes structural injustice... Read more
College of Arts & Sciences Dean Stacey explains that there is an important civic, political, social, and cultural element to an education and that you can get that in a wide variety of majors. Featured on 
Andrea Woody
Dear Friends of UW Philosophy, I send greetings from the Department of Philosophy, along with the sincere hope that you and all your loved ones are safe and well. It has now been nine long months since the university transitioned to remote teaching and learning. During this time, I am so grateful for the resilience of everyone in our community. Faculty members in this department have rallied around our communal teaching mission to develop courses on Zoom (the university’s video conferencing... Read more
Dustyn Stone Addington
Congratulations to Dustyn Stone Addington and Humanities Washington on winning the Schwartz Prize for Outstanding Humanities Public Programming for their series, Cabin Fever Questions! Dustyn Stone Addington is a doctoral candidate in philosophy, as well as the director of programs at Humanities Washington.The first week that Washington state headed into lockdown, in March 2020, Humanities Washington saw the need for social connection. They created a series of prompts on social media... Read more
Let creativity be your guide in creating a short video about “Why do we need philosophy now?” Open to all UW students, no prior video creation experience is required. In 2 minutes or less tell us “Why do we need philosophy now?”: Why is philosophy important to today’s society? Why is philosophy important to study in this moment? This contest is possible thanks to contributions to the Friends of Philosophy Fund. Rules... Read more
Jana Mohr Lone
There are certain values we’d love for our kids to have. But how do we go about teaching them? Jana Mohr Lone, affiliate associate professor of philosophy at the UW and director of the UW Center for Philosophy for Children, discusses the values of curiosity, respect, and open communication. Read the entire article on Parents: 7 Values to Teach Your... Read more
Aaron Novick
We are pleased to introduce one of our three new faculty members, Professor Aaron Novick. Novick will be teaching Philosophy of Science in the winter quarter. (Use the link to check out his video introduction to the class.) We reached out to learn more about him and welcome him to the University of Washington. What sparked your interest in philosophy? I remember a moment from my childhood when I became very... Read more