Summer 2023

Congratulations to all our 2023 graduates! Our alumni speaker was Noah Purcell, Washington State Solicitor General and 2002 UW Philosophy grad, and our undergraduate speaker was Wendi Zhou. Photo credit: Merriam Al-Maiahi
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The Department of Philosophy sadly reports the deaths of two of our esteemed emeritus colleagues in spring 2023. Professor Bill Talbott passed away May 17, 2023, after a nearly four-year fight with lung cancer. Bill graduated from Princeton with an A.B. in Philosophy in 1970, and then served for two years as a conscientious objector, based on his moral opposition to the Vietnam War. He received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University in 1976. Following his… Read more
Summer Reading Recommendations from Faculty: Marc Cohen: Dinners with Ruth, by Nina Totenberg. An absolutely captivating and revealing account of the long and deep friendship between the late Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and the court's foremost contemporary chronicler. In the process, Nina shares her thoughts about friendship and some of the details of her own distinctive life history. The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021, by Peter Baker and Susan… Read more
Professor Amelia Wirts was interviewed in a Seattle Met article discussing Washington restaurateurs with a history of harassment charges. Wirts offered her thoughts on what happens when those ion positions of power stay in their industry after charges have become public. "Ethically, Wirts thinks it’s totally fair to face civil liability: 'You not only harmed the person of your victims, you also harmed their career path.' But if actions went beyond that, things get murky. 'I’m not totally… Read more