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The Center for Philosophy for Children has created a resource for parents and others for helping children with their big questions during the COVID-19 crisis. The resource guide contains ideas for questions, books, and videos to facilitate conversations with children about the difficult issues they are contemplating at this... Read more
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Earlier this year we asked students to create short videos on the theme “Why Philosophy?” In their videos the students explored such as questions as “Why is philosophy important to today’s society?,” “Why is philosophy important to study?,” and “Why is philosophy important to you?” The videos were judged on relevance, creativity, storytelling, and production. Prizes were made possible by generous gifts from the Department of Philosophy Advisory Board. We are pleased to announce the following... Read more
José Mendoza, Amelia Wirts and Aaron Novick
The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that three new Assistant Professors will be joining us beginning in Autumn 2020. Please join us in welcoming these three distinguished scholars to the department! José Mendoza – philosophy of race, philosophy of law, Latin American philosophy Amelia Wirts – philosophy of law,... Read more
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Faculty members Ian Schnee and Paul Franco have organized a series of online sessions to help those who are looking for suggestions and guidance about teaching their philosophy courses online. There are currently two sessions planned.The first will be held this Thursday, March 26, 2020 9-10 AM PST (Zoom link). The second... Read more
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Two philosophy faculty members were featured in a Thomson Reuters Foundation story asking "Online classes, video meetings: Can coronavirus spur low-carbon habits?" Read what Ian Schnee and Colin Marshall have to say about technology in the classroom and hosting speakers remotely both during and beyond the coronavirus context.
Ian Schnee, undergraduate studies director of philosophy, gives insight on what it's like holding online classes. Featured on Reuters 
Third place team Garfield High School
The seventh annual Washington State High School Ethics Bowl was held on February 29, 2020. Eighteen teams from twelve high schools competed in analyzing ethical dilemmas covering a wide range of topics including: confronting family members with different values; donations to the Notre Dame Cathedral rebuilding; involuntary commitment for drug addiction treatment; compensation for organ donations; and the news media’s use of photographs showing suffering and injustice. The High School Ethics Bowl... Read more
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The annual Ben Rabinowitz Workshop on Environmental Ethics will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House, 4249 Whitman Court, University of Washington. The workshop will feature talks on climate justice and responsibility and is open to all faculty and students. It is organized by Stephen Gardiner, Professor of Philosophy and the Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of the Human Dimensions of the Environment and sponsored by the College of the Environment... Read more
Ian Schnee
Philosophy lecturer Ian Schnee’s innovative new e-textbook on logic was recently featured in the campus-wide news. Using evidence-based teaching and learning approaches, Ian’s textbook is mobile and interactive, saving students money while allowing them to use it on the go. Read all about Ian’s e-textbook here.