Recent News

We are proud to announce that Andrea Woody, Department of Philosophy Chair & Associate Professor, has been selected to be the next editor-in-chief of Philosophy of Science, the premier philosophy of science journal. She will begin her five-year term on July 1, 2017. President of the Philosophy of Science Association, Ken Waters, noted... Read more
An AP photo from June 1939 shows German Jewish refugees returning to Belgium after being denied entry to Cuba and the US.
This article was first published by the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the Univeristy of Washington. This past February I read an article on the BBC website reporting that some onlookers had cheered as a fire burned down a shelter for migrants in Bautzen, Germany. While this incident was appalling in itself, it also had special resonance... Read more
Prof. Elena Erosheva (Statistics and Social Work) and Prof. Carole Lee (Philosophy) have been awarded a contract from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to explore possible racial disparities in the NIH grant review process.  Recent studies (Ginther et al., 2011; 2012) have shown that Black researchers are less likely than White researchers to receive NIH R01  grant funding by at least 10 percentage points. NIH uses a peer review grant process that requires each reviewer... Read more
Congratulations to senior Philosophy (and Psychology) double Major  Kaitlyn McGlothlen, whose essay "Oops, There Goes My Childhood: Identity and Ethical Issues in the Selective Erasing of Memories" was recently named the winner of not one, but two separate bioethics essay contests!  With her essay, she won the "Clinical Ethics" essay contest competition hosted by Voice in Bioethics, an online... Read more
Ethics Bowl 2016
The 2017 Washington State High School Ethics Bowl, run by the Center for Philosophy for Children, will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. We are looking for philosophy students to help teachers coach the high school Ethics Bowl teams. This generally involves weekly meetings, or you can serve as a resource to the team in other ways, depending... Read more
Julio Covarrubias-Cabeza
Doctoral student Julio Covarrubias-Cabeza has been awarded The IESUS (Institute for Ethnic Studies in the United States) Publication Fellowship by the Graduate School's Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP). This highly competitive award supports publication opportunities for graduate students who are in-progress with a paper that will be submitted to a journal within the 2016-2017... Read more
Benjamin Feintzeig
The Department of Philosophy is thrilled to welcome our newest faculty member, Benjamin Feintzeig, who joins us as an assistant professor in 2016-2017. Feintzeig is a philosopher of physics who recently completed his PhD in the Logic & Philosophy of Science program at the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on the philosophy of modern physics, in particular the implications of algebraic formulations of quantum field theories.... Read more
We are thrilled to announce that Professor Alison Wylie has been selected to deliver the Dewey Lecture at the Pacific division meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA), right here in Seattle! For those less familiar with John Dewey or the prestigious Dewey Lecture series, the APA provides the following description. "John Dewey was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer... Read more
"This summer, NPR's science desk is thinking about waves, of all kinds — ocean, gravitational, even stadium waves. But what is a wave, anyway?" writes NPR's Joe Palca. Featured on NPR 
Professor Sara Goering's work as neuroethics research leader for the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering was recently featured in the August edition of the College of Arts and Sciences' Perspectives newsletter.  Neuroscience raises a wide range of ethical concerns. One is agency, or ownership of our actions. If a neural device is stimulating the brain while someone decides on an action, is that person... Read more