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Andrea Woody
There are so many terrific things happening in this department!  As the new chair of the Philosophy Department, most of my time is spent facilitating all the great things members of this community are doing, many of which are discussed in this newsletter. Indeed, being more aware of all the things we do has been a joy of my first few months. Another aspect of my job is to think about our mission and how I can help this community thrive now and in the future. The Philosophy Department is... Read more
#philosophyresponds : Conversations After the Election
Please join us to explore how the tools of philosophy can help us to grapple in productive ways with important social issues that have gained renewed attention following the 2016 national election cycle. Each session will start with a short introduction by faculty and/or graduate students, with the aim of initiating open discussion of the issues and will be held outside of Savery 361 at the large table on Fridays from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. Series Schedule: January 20thHate... Read more
Elizabeth-Scarbrough-Philosophy PhD 2015
Elizabeth Scarbrough (PhD 2015) has recently joined the faculty at Florida International University as a permanent lecturer. Previously she taught at Portland State University, and while she is sad to leave the Pacific Northwest, she is enjoying the sunshine state. In her final years as a graduate student at the University of Washington, Elizabeth held the Soden-Trueblood Publishing Fellowship at the University of Washington Press, and worked as the director of the Department of Philosophy's... Read more
Students in Classroom
This autumn quarter graduate students Blake Hereth and Paul Tubig taught Introduction to Philosophy at the Washington Women’s Correctional Facility (WCCW) in Gig Harbor, WA. The course is college-accredited and supported by Tacoma Community College and the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound (FEEPS), which is a nonprofit organization that provides college education for incarcerated women. We asked Blake and Paul to share with us some of their experiences and reflections on teaching in prison... Read more
Left to right: Randall Hansen, Janice Stein, Michael Blake & Stephen Toope.
Professor Michael Blake took part a panel discussion at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto on “Reflections on Global Affairs: Is the world really falling apart?” along with Radall Hansen, Director of the Center of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Professor of Political Science, Janice Stein, Founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and an internationally renowned expert on international conflict and global... Read more
collage of scientific advancements
Every scientific advancement is about more than just the science. From evolutionary theory to the atomic bomb to genetic testing, scientific breakthroughs tell us about the prevailing world view and human nature. They raise ethical issues with enduring consequences. Exploring these aspects of science is the focus of the UW History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) program. “History and philosophy of science comprises a set of ways to ask, ‘Why do we... Read more
Amy Reed-Sandoval
Amy Reed-Sandoval (PhD 2014) has been chosen for one of seven awards from the APA Small Grant Fund for her Philosophy for Children project at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where she is now an Assistant Professor. Dr. Reed-Sandoval previously... Read more
Andrea Sullivan-Clarke
Andrea Sullivan-Clarke (PhD 2015) has been awarded one of two APA Diversity and Inclusiveness grants for 2016-2017 to start a summer institute for historically underrepresented high school students at DePauw University. Dr. Sullivan-Clarke's project -- Inclusive Summer High School Institute for Philosophy (ISHIP) at the Prindle Institute... Read more
Doctoral candidate Michelle Pham has been awarded a prestigious year-long dissertation fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. This nationally-competitive award will cover a full year of dissertation research from September 2016 to August 2017. Michelle's... Read more
Students gather at Red Square
In the wake of recent events, including increased instances of violence and hate on our campus and in our community, the Department of Philosophy echoes UW President Ana Mari Cauce's stance that "We are committed to the safety and security of all those in our community. This is not a political issue -- it is a human rights issue." List of Resources for Students, Staff, and Faculty... Read more