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Graduate Conference 2018 "Eye of the Storm"
CALL FOR PAPERS Eye of the Storm: Climate Ethics in the Age of Inaction 2018 Graduate & Early Careers Philosophy Conference May 18-19, 2018University of WashingtonSeattle, WA Keynote speaker: Nancy Tuana (Pennsylvania State University) We are pleased to announce the 2018 Graduate & Early Careers Philosophy Conference at the University of Washington, Seattle. The topic of the conference will be climate change. Anthropogenic climate change is a pressing... Read more
Political Equality Workshop
On Saturday, November 18, 2017 Carina Fourie will participate in a workshop entitled "Political Equality: Its Value and Institutional Realization" at the Department of Philosophy at New York University (NYU). Professor Fourie will provide commentary on Daniel Viehoff's (NYU) paper "Power and Equality." Other speakers and commentators include Sophie Moreau (Toronto) and Samuel Scheffler (NYU).  
No Narrow Thing podcast logo
Announcing No Narrow Thing, the podcast that gets philosophical about everything. Hosts Dustyn Addington (PhD candidate in philosophy) and Whitney Johnson (MPH, Yale University) have a lot of questions, and want to get to the bottom of them. No Narrow Thing bridges the theoretical and practical, applying a philosophical lens to compelling questions, big and small. Each episodes focuses on a single line of inquiry, like: -Is there a... Read more
How is Scientific Cosmology Possible? Poster
The Department of Philosophy presented "How is Scientific Cosmology Possible?" - Chris Smeenk, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Rotman Instiute of Philosophy at Western University, Ontario Canada, on October 19th, 2017. The last century has seen enormous progress in understanding the cosmos. Yet cosmology differs from other areas of physics. It deals with a unique object, the universe as a whole, which cannot be experimentally manipulated. Due to the distinctive nature of... Read more
Spinoza, Toleration and The Jews
Professor Michael Rosenthal will be giving the “Martin Buber Lecture on Intellectual History and Philosophy” at the Goethe University in Frankfurt on November 14th. He will be presenting “Spinoza, Toleration and the Jews.” Spinoza was banned from the Jewish community in Amsterdam in 1656 because of his “horrendous heresies … and evil opinions.”  In 1670 Spinoza published an anonymous text, the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, which immediately became notorious for its critique of... Read more
Geoengineering, Political Legitimacy & Justice
An international & interdisciplinary conference exploring the ethical and political issues concerning geoengineering - the deliberate large-scale manipulation of the planetary environment to counteract anthropogenic climate change. The conference will be taking place in Room 145 in the Husky Union Building from the 2nd-3rd of November. The conference will also be accompanied by a Climate Science on Tap event with an interdisciplinary panel discussing geoengineering and... Read more
Ethics Bowl 2016
The 2018 Washington State High School Ethics Bowl, run by the Center for Philosophy for Children, will be held on Saturday February 3 at UW’s School of Law. We are looking for both undergraduate and graduate philosophy students to help teachers coach the High School Ethics Bowl teams. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with small groups of high school students. Helping to coach can involve weekly meetings or you can serve as a resource... Read more
Natalia Montes
Congratulations to junior philosophy minor (and psychology major) Natalia Montes, who was named the International Neuroethics Society’s 2017 Science Communication Essay Winner for her paper on the use of propranolol to reduce negative racial implicit bias in police officers. The winning paper, “Propranolol: Beginning the Discussion on a Medical Solution to Reducing Police Brutality,” was adapted from... Read more
How is Scientific Cosmology Possible? Poster
Join the Department of Philosophy for How is Scientific Cosmology Possible? presented by Chris Smeenk, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Rotman Instiute of Philosophy at Western University, Ontario Canada, on October 19th, 2017 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in Kane Hall Room 220, followed by a reception in the Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall 225. Register for the... Read more
Dawg Daze - philosophy+games
The Department of Philosophy kicked off the year by participating in Dawg Daze, the University of Washington’s annual tradition of welcoming first-year and returning students to campus. The Department hosted philosophy+games in the Allen Library Media Center where faculty and graduate students met new students play games and discussed philosophical questions such as: Can video games be art? Are eSports sports? Is it irrational to feel guilty for doing something in a game? Can you ever know that... Read more