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The Department of Philosophy hosted the Epistemology for the Real World: Navigating in an Archipelago of Alt-Epistemology and Alt-Truth Conference on January 19, 2018. Featuring the following talks:  “Calling BS in the Real World” Carl Bergstrom, Professor of Biology, University of Washington and Jevin West, Assistant Professor, Information School, University of Washington Abstract: Our world is saturated with bullshit. Pandering politicians, manipulative advertisers,... Read more
David Owens and students outside the courthouse in Chicago.
When Patrick Prince was 19 years old, he was sent to prison for a murder he did not commit. He was finally exonerated and released nearly 26 years later, thanks to the work of attorney David B. Owens (BA, Philosophy, Political Science, 2004) and two University of Chicago law students. For Owens, such cases are why he became an attorney.  David Owens and his students celebrate outside the courthouse after wrongfully convicted Patrick Prince was exonerated. Owens knew from an early age that he... Read more
Émilie Du Châtelet, portrait by Maurice Quentin de La Tour
The Pacific Northwest – Western Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy will be held here at the University of Washington on March 2 –4, 2018. The seminar will include a Keynote by Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser University) on "Becoming a Thinking Thing," as well as the following talks: Uygar Abaci (Penn State), “Divine Cognition and Kant's Amodalism regarding Things in Themselves” Danielle Brown (Alberta), “Moral Defect and Aesthetic Deformity... Read more
Tim Brown
A recent Economist Technology Quarterly feature "Thought Experiments: Brains and Machines" delves into brain-computer interfaces. Philosophy graduate student Tim Brown, part of the Neuroethics group at the UW's Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) features in the article: "Where the... Read more
Epistemology for the Real World Poster
Please join us for the Epistemology for the Real World: Navigating in an Archipelago of Alt-Epistemology and Alt-Truth conference on January 19, 2018 from 9:45 am to 5:30 pm in the HUB Room 332. Register here for the conference. 10:00 am “Calling BS in the Real World” Carl Bergstrom,... Read more
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