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Prof Stephen Gardiner Professor of Philosophy and Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment at the University of Washington, Seattle
We are proud to announce that Professor Steve Gardiner and Research Associate Augustin Fragniere have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to further their work on Geoengineering, Political Legitimacy and Justice. This two year grant will enable Steve and Augustin to develop an international research community that focuses on the ethical and political issues concerning geo-engineering.  Geoengineering, commonly defined as “the deliberate large-scale manipulation of... Read more
Brian Wahlberg gives daughter Luciena a good view of the proceedings as the crowd sings at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle.
UW Arts & Sciences faculty members weigh in on whether President-elect Trump's election means doomsday. Featured on 
Syrian and Iraqi immigrants getting off a boat from Turkey on the Greek island of Lesbos.
Bill Talbott, Michael Rosenthal, and Amos Nascimento, of UW-Tacoma, organized the “Immigration, Toleration, and Human Rights” conference and “Immigration, Religion, and Human Rights” panel discussion that were held at UW on October 27-28, 2016.  The conference was part of an ongoing collaboration between the tri-campus UW interdisciplinary research cluster on Human Interaction—Normative Innovation (HI-NORM) and the Cluster of Excellence on the Formation of Normative Orders at the Goethe... Read more
Climate engineering can be broadly defined as the “deliberate, large-scale intervention in the Earth’s natural systems to counteract climate change”.
In Winter 2015 Professor of Philosophy Stephen Gardiner undertook a pioneering and ambitious academic task: to co-teach a course on the ethics and science of climate engineering with Prof Thomas Ackerman from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. In a recent commentary for the Forum for Climate and... Read more
Janice Moskalik, who completed her PhD in August 2016, has accepted a position as Instructor at Seattle University after defending her PhD dissertation this past August. Janice was awarded two fellowships through the Simpson Center’s Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics program in the past year. As a ... Read more
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