Spring 2019

Philosophy lecturer Ian Schnee is helping to test new teaching strategies as part of the Evidence-Based Teaching Program, under the leadership of the Center for Teaching and Learning. His experience was recently featured in a UW-IT feature article called When Technology Engages the… Read more
The sixth annual Washington State Ethics Bowl was held on February 2, 2019. Nineteen teams from eleven high schools competed in analyzing a series of ethical dilemmas covering a wide range of topics including fake social media followers, private funding in academia, and gun control. The Center for Philosophy for Children, which hosts the competition, explains the format as similar to a competitive debate, but with a few important differences. “…in Ethics Bowls teams are not forced to take… Read more
Congratulations to Paul Franco on being recognized for his contributions to the University of Washington at the Latinx Faculty Recognition Event! Paul will be recognized along with 33 Latinx faculty members across the tri-campuses for the scholarly achievements on May 2nd at the 3rd Annual Latinx Faculty Recognition Event. “This celebration makes visible the outstanding achievements, promotion, mentorship and contributions of our Latinx faculty," said Gino Aisenberg, Associate Dean of the… Read more
The Department of Philosophy is proud to announce that doctoral candidate Sam Sumpter has been named as one of the University of Washington 2019 Husky 100! The Husky 100 recognizes University of Washington students in all areas of study who are "making the most of their time at the UW" by… Read more
Congratulations to Angelia Miranda for being selected as a 2019 Bonderman Travel Fellow! Angelia Miranda, Philosophy and International Studies major, will be spending a minimum of 8 months traveling solo to Turkey, Mongolia, China, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Argentina, and Chile. Angelia has shaped her itinerary to trace a path alongside local celebrations of cultural, religious, and historical importance. She is excited to experience these celebrations as well as the daily rhythms of life in… Read more
Congratulations to Julio Covarrubias on being awarded the American Philosophical Association's 2018 Essay Prize in Latin American Thought for his essay, "Letting Go of Mestizaje: Settler Colonialism and Latin American/Latinx Philosophy." From the APA press release: The APA committee on Hispanics sponsors this annual prize, which includes a $500… Read more
After twenty-one years with the Department of Philosophy and thirty-eight years at the University of Washington, our beloved administrator Beverly Wessel is retiring. On March 15, 2019 we celebrated Bev’s incredible contributions with a reception where colleagues past and present shared stories of Bev, and toasted her upcoming retirement. Bev has kept the department running like a well-oiled machine since 1997 -- no easy task! Prior to joining philosophy, Bev was the administrator for what is… Read more
Philosophy alumnus Di Zhang (BA, 2010) is making an impact in Seattle by fighting back against fake news. Zhang is a librarian at Seattle’s Central Library where he has organized a free course, “Fake News Survival Guide: Resources and Tips for Staying Informed,” held in the library’s computer lab. Congratulations on demonstrating the power of combining a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a Masters in Library Science! Learn more about Zhang in a featured article in Seattle Magazine… Read more
UW professors Stephen Gardiner (Philosophy) and Tom Ackerman (Atmospheric Sciences) discuss the potential for spraying particles into the air to reduce climate change on KUOW’s The Record with Bill Radke. Stephen discusses the myriad ethical issues brought up by trying to use geoengineering technology to reverse the course of climate change. Listen to their discussion here on The Record’s… Read more
Professor Michael Blake joined Bill Radke on KUOW’s The Record to discuss borders and President Trump’s Wall. “President Trump’s shutdown over a border wall has stretched into its 34th day. But… what if we didn’t have a border at all? It’s a question worth asking, says University of Washington professor Michael Blake. He teaches philosophy, public policy, and governance, and is the author of an article called ‘What exactly is the point of the border?’”… Read more
Paul Tubig, a 2018-2019 Mellon Fellow with the Reaching New Publics program at the Simpson Center for the Humanities, has been exploring connections between the University of Washington and the Seattle Colleges this year. Previously, Paul has blogged for the Simpson Center about the question "What Kind of Academics Should We Be?" In a new guest blog… Read more
Professor Michael Blake discusses if the President needs to be a moral leader in The Conversation: Must the president be a moral leader? President Donald Trump, former President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton, during the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush.… Read more