The Process Story: Journalism or Distraction?

On October 28, 2015, Matt Martinez, the new Director of Content at KPLU (NPR), will be giving an informal talk entitled, “The Process Story: Journalism or Distraction?” at noon in Wyatt 326. If you are interested in pursuing journalism of any kind, Matt Martinez would be a great resource to talk to.  This “brown bag” discussion is organized by the Department of Politics and Government.


Reminder: Talk by Naomi Zack on Thursday 10/22

Naomi Zack will be giving a talk, “A New Paradigm of Anti-Racism: Why Discourse of WhitenaomizackPugetSoundFinal Privilege, Justice, and Equality Do Not Work,” on Thursday, October 22nd @ 5 p.m. in the Rasmussen Rotunda, Wheelock Student Center.

There will also be a reception before the talk, starting at 4pm, also in the Rotunda.  Please join the members of the philosophy department and Professor Zack for some refreshments and conversation.

You can read more about the talk and professor Zack’s here.

A recent interview with Professor Zack can be found in Public Radio International can be found here.

And another interview in the New York Times blog The Stone can be found here.

Lecture by Justin Tiehen: “A Theory of Everything that Exists in the Entire World”

Justin Tiehen, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Puget Sound, will be delivering the 2015 Phi Beta Kappa Magee Address titled “A Theory of Everything that Exists in the Entire World” on Wednesday, October 28th @ 5pm in Trimble Forum.

Professor Tiehen sent us the abstract for the talk:

Philosophers have long sought a unified theory of everything. Consider Thales, the first Western philosopher, who thought everything that exists is ultimately made of water. Today a more common view is Physicalism, the thesis that everything that exists is ultimately physical, that is, made up of the sort of entities described by the science of physics. My talk will examine the prospects of Physicalism, focusing especially on potential problems for the view that arise in connection with attempts to provide Physicalistic explanations of consciousness, of normativity (including morality), and of absences (things that don’t happen).

Justin Tiehen is the author of numerous articles in the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and philosophy of science. His recent works include“A Priori Scrutability and That’s All,” in The Journal of Philosophy (2014); “Explaining Causal Closure,” in Philosophical Studies (2014); and “The Role Functionalist Theory of Absences,” in Erkenntnis (2015). More information about these and his other writings can be found in his webpage.

Vassar College Journal of Philosophy Submissions

The Vassar College Journal of Philosophy is a student-run publication from the Philosophy Department at Vassar College that serves as a platform for students to discuss philosophical ideas. They are currently seeking submissions from students to be published in the Spring of 2016 issue of the Journal.

The theme for this year’s Journal is “Nature.” Submissions may be about a variety of philosophical approaches, as long as the essay relates to the overall theme of “nature.”  Deadline: February 1, 2016.

For more information about the Vassar College Journal of Philosophy or for submission guidelines, visit:

Lecture by Naomi Zack: “A New Paradigm of Anti-Racism: Why Discourse of White Privilege, Justice, and Equality Do Not Work”

5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22
Rasmussen Rotunda, Wheelock Student Center

NaomiZack_PhotoNaomi Zack is a leading figure in the philosophy of race. She has developed a distinctive brand of anti-racism in her recent and forthcoming books: White Privilege and Black Rights: The Injustice of U.S. Police Racial Profiling and Homicide? (2015); The Ethics and Mores of Race: Equality after the History of Philosophy(2011); and Applicative Justice: A Pragmatic Revision of Injustice Discourse (2016).

The lecture “A New Paradigm of Anti-Racism: Why Discourse of White Privilege, Justice, and Equality Do Not Work” will present a new way to think about racial oppression and other forms of current injustice. Consider what Zack says about the term “white privilege.” Although this concept is prominent in standard liberal thinking about anti-racism, Zack argues that it leads to misdescriptions of the ethical landscape. “A privilege is special treatment that goes beyond a right. It’s not so much that being white confers privilege, but that not being white means being without rights in many cases,” she said in a New York Times interview with George Yancy. “Not fearing that the police will kill your child for no reason isn’t a privilege. It’s a right.”

“Naomi Zack is one of a handful of thinkers who have convinced philosophers of the centrality of issues of race to philosophy,” said Douglas Cannon, professor of philosophy at Puget Sound. “She has cast the nature of race as a metaphysical problem, particularly highlighting mixed race as a pervasive challenge to resolving this problem. More recently she has dared to renounce shibboleths of equality in favor of what, to her mind, are more promising ideals of fairness.”

The free public lecture is part of the inaugural Cascade Lecture Series in Philosophy. Zack will also give lectures at Whitman College and Lewis and Clark College as part of the series. The series is organized by the philosophy departments of the members of the Northwest Five Consortium (NW5C), as part of their Philosophy in an Inclusive Key project. The NW5C, founded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, includes Lewis and Clark College, Reed College, University of Puget Sound, Whitman College, and Willamette University.

Naomi Zack is professor of philosophy at University of Oregon. She received her doctorate in philosophy from Columbia University and is the author of numerous books on philosophy of race, political philosophy, feminist philosophy, and philosophy of science. Some of her earlier works include Ethics for Disaster (2009);Inclusive Feminism: A Third Wave Theory of Women’s Commonality (2005); Race and Mixed Race (1993);Philosophy of Science and Race (2002); and the short textbook, Thinking About Race (2nd edition, 2006).  Zack is also chair of the Community Philosophy Institute Homelessness project, at University of Oregon, that aims to support creative, intellectual, and practical means to address the problems of homelessness.

To read an interview with Naomi Zack in the New York Times visit:

For more Information about the talk visit

Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest 2016

The Elie Wiesel Foundation’s Prize in Ethics Essay Contest challenges students to write thoEllieWiesel_8.5x11_Flyer_2016ught-provoking essays regarding urgent ethical issues in today’s world. This contest is a great opportunity to explore ethical issues and propose ways to address them. Winning students are eligible for an internship and a chance for their essay to be published in a nationally recognized publication.

For more information, click here.

To submit an essay, click here.

Rachel Lark Concert: October 27th @ 8pm

Rachel Lark is a singer/songwriter who has quickly become the musical muse of the sex-positive revolution. She sings about sex, relationships, and more. Sometimes she’s bantering with the crowdover some ukulele plucking, and at other times she’ll be behind her laptop and synthesizers creating dance beats to accompany her layered vocal harmonies.rachellark-Poster She has been featured on The Savage Lovecast and interviewed by Salon.

For this event, Rachel Lark will be performing her original songs, talking about feminism and sex-positivity, and taking questions from the audience.

8 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall.

Read more about Rachel Lark and the event here:

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