Recent News

Health Sciences Career Panel Poster
Interested in a career in health sciences? Join us and hear Department of Philosophy Alumni discuss how their BA in Philosophy prepared them for success in medical school and careers in health science. December 6, 2018 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm in the Allen Library Auditorium. Panel includes: Dr. Jeff Beck, Philosophy BA 2004, UW Palliative Care Program Attending Physician Wu-Hsun Tom Yang, Philosophy BA 2007, Naturopathic Physician Rigo Acevedo, Philosophy BA 2016, Medical Student... Read more
Tim Brown, a doctoral student in the UW’s philosophy department and a researcher involved in the Center for Neurotechnology project, is already embedded in the UW’s BioRobotics Lab. He studies autonomy issues that arise for people with Parkinson’s disease
UW associate professor of philosophy, Sara Goering, to lead team studying how brain-computer interfaces affect whether patients feel they are in charge of their own actions. Featured on UW News 
Professor Michael Rosenthal has organized a workshop: "Spinoza on Freedom and the Highest Good: Workshop on Ethics, Part V" which will take place Friday, November 16 to Sunday November 18th. The workshop is supported by the Saari Endowment, the Department of Philosophy, and the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington. PROGRAM Friday, November 16, 2018 (Savery Hall, Room 260) Time ... Read more
Exploring Spacetime
Join us for Explaining Spacetime, Nick Huggett, LAS Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago on November 7, 2018, in Kane Hall Room 210 at 7 pm, part of the O'Hara Philosophy of Physics Lecture Series Register here for the Explaining Spacetime Lecture Physics generally takes space and... Read more
Andrea Woody
Greetings from the UW Department of Philosophy! As classes for the Autumn term begin, the hallways of Savery are brimming with energy after the quiet of summer.  Faculty members are preparing their classes while students arrive with enthusiasm, renewed energy, and sometimes a little confusion.  Autumn is a time of transition. We are especially happy to welcome five new PhD students into our community. At the same time, with sadness we acknowledge the passing of... Read more
Philosophy + Games
The Department of Philosophy hosted “Philosophy + Games”, part of Dawg Daze, UW’s annual tradition of welcoming first-year and returning students to campus. Professor Ian Schnee and graduate student Tim Brown took the opportunity to introduce new students to philosophy through the lens of video games. They set up several video games for students to play Limbo (Xbox), Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox),  Braid (Steam), Monument Valley (iPad) and Leo’s Fortune... Read more
It is with great sadness we share that Professor Robert Coburn passed away on July 27, 2018. Bob was a beloved and vital member of the department and his memory will remain vibrant for many years to come. His deep voice and broad smile, friendship, and good judgment were cherished by his colleagues and added tremendously to the department. The memorial will be held on October 13th at 1:00pm at The Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98105. His colleagues, Clark... Read more
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Op-ed by UW political philosopher Michael Blake Featured on The Conversation 
Andrea Sullivan-Clarke
We are pleased to announce that Andrea Sullivan-Clarke (PhD 2015) will join the University of Windsor in Ontario as an assistant professor in Autumn 2018. There, she will be part of the inaugural cohort of Canada's President's Indigenous Peoples Scholars (PIPS), a program that the University of Windsor created in response to the Canadian government's Truth and Reconciliation Act. The... Read more
Nick Hanauer
This year we were honored to have alumnus Nick Hanauer, BA 1981, address the philosophy graduating class at our annual graduation reception. Nick is a successful businessman and entrepreneur, having founded, managed, or financed over 30 companies. In addition, Nick devotes the majority of his time to a broad portfolio of civic and philanthropic activities. He is a national leader on policy... Read more