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The Department of Philosophy held its second annual undergraduate video contest asking students to create short videos on the theme “Why do we need philosophy now?” Running less than two minutes, the students’ videos examined why philosophy is relevant during this time of isolation and social strife. They explored how philosophy can be used in our relationships, and how it helps define one’s stance on social issues and in finding common ground. The videos were judged based on... Read more
The Department of Philosophy is excited to announce the promotion of Paul Franco to Associate Teaching Professor beginning Autumn term 2021. Franco joined the Department of Philosophy in 2012 for a one-year position as an Acting Assistant Professor. That position was renewed three times and became a Lecturer (now Assistant Teaching Professor) position in 2016. Franco has taught a wide range of classes including modern philosophy, 20th century philosophy, ethics, applied ethics, philosophy of... Read more
The Department of Philosophy is excited to announce the promotion of Benjamin Feintzeig to Associate Professor with tenure beginning Autumn term 2021. Feintzeig joined the Department of Philosophy in 2016 and is a philosopher of physics. His research focuses on the conceptual and mathematical foundations of physics, and the broader impacts of philosophy of physics on general issues in philosophy of science including interpreting physical theories, scientific representation, and scientific... Read more
The Department of Philosophy is excited to announce the promotion of Carina Fourie to Associate Professor with tenure beginning Autumn term 2021. Fourie joined the Department of Philosophy in 2015. She holds the Benjamin Rabinowitz Chair in Medical Ethics and is a member of the Program on Ethics. Since coming to UW, Professor Fourie has published two edited volumes (Oxford University Press) alongside multiple articles on topics concerning healthcare ethics, social equality, and oppression. She... Read more
The UW Center for Philosophy for Children, like the rest of the university, pivoted to everything virtual last March, and this included the 2021 Washington State High School Ethics Bowl. Instead of the traditional one-day competitive event, nine high schools are engaging in a series of online scrimmages from April to June this year. Each scrimmage consists of two cases and lasts about two hours. Scrimmages are not scored; instead, the three judges provide detailed feedback to the teams at the... Read more
Where Did Western Epistemology Go Wrong, And Why? - Professor Bill Talbott
Professor William Talbott gave the keynote address “Where Did Western Epistemology Go Wrong, and Why?” at the 8th Annual PLATO WA Conference which was held virtually on February 19, 2021.
Talbott’s talk explores a central question of his forthcoming, Learning From Our Mistakes: Epistemology for the Real World (Oxford University Press; 9/1/2021): Why is so much Western epistemology either deeply skeptical or... Read more
Scientists are pioneering novel technology to help with ailments of the brain and nervous system. The UW’s Sara Goering, professor of philosophy, and Chet Moritz, associate professor of rehabilitation medicine and of electrical and computer engineering, are interviewed about the ethical concerns of neurotechnology on KUOW's The Record with Bill Radke.
Listen to the interview on KUOW.