The Washington Bus at UPS

The Washington Bus will be visiting UPS this week to spread the word about their summer Fellowship program.

The Washington Bus is a youth-driven non-profit that engages young folks across the state in civic and political life. The Bus Fellowship is a ten week summer leadership development program that focuses on social justice, community organizing and politics.

They will be at UPS during the morning and afternoon of Tuesday, February 16th. 


2016 Colorado Summer Seminar in Philosophy

The University of Colorado, Boulder is now accepting applications to the 2016 Colorado Summer Seminar in Philosophy. The Seminar is intended for outstanding undergraduates who are considering graduate school in philosophy. The aim is to introduce students to the atmosphere of a graduate-level seminar, giving participants a chance to explore and sharpen their philosophical abilities before they commit to a graduate program.
Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2016 and will continue until all available positions are filled.
Queries should be directed to

Call for Papers: Northwest Student Philosophy Conference


The Northwest Student Philosophy Conference (NWSPC) is organized by undergraduate students and aims to showcase the philosophical research of undergraduate, graduate and professional philosophers.  In the last several years, we have been privileged to host Alex Guerrero (2014), Meghan Sullivan (2013), Carrie Jenkins and Jonathan Ichikawa (2012) Kris McDaniel (2011), Ben Bradley, Shieva Kleinschmidt, and Laurie Paul (2010), Kit Fine (2009), Michael Rea (2009), Dean Zimmerman (2008) and Jonathan Schaffer (2007) as keynote and guest speakers. This year’s keynote speaker will be Heather Battaly.

This year, our conference takes place Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29. All students – undergraduate or graduate – are invited to submit papers. Entrance is fairly competitive as we have only 6-8 open slots for student presentations, but this should not discourage interested applicants. Papers can be on any philosophical topic, and should be at least 2,000 words in length, but preferably no longer than 15,000. The submission deadline is March 12.


  1. Prepare the paper for blind review
  2. Provide an abstract (up to 200 words) between the title and main text of the paper
  3. Send an e-copy as an attachment (either as word document or pdf) to
  4. In the email to which the paper is attached, provide relevant contact information: Name / Institution / Email / Phone

For additional information regarding the conference, as well as information on WWU, our philosophy club and our philosophy department, please visit:

Please feel free to email us at with any questions you may have.


Philosophy Conference on Campus

The Puget Sound Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will take place on campus on Friday 2/12 and Saturday 2/13.  In addition to the keynote addresses by Sara Goering and David Wong, there will be 12 papers presented by students from all over the country.  Each paper will have commentary by a Puget Sound student.  Please don’t miss this great event!  You can read more about the keynote addresses and the conference here.  And look at the full schedule and get more information at the conference page.


Talk by David Wong: “Relativism and Ambivalence between Relationship and Autonomy”

Professor David Wong (Duke University) will be giving one of the keynote addresses at the Puget Sound Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on Saturday 2/13 at 5:30pm in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall.  Here below is his abstract for the talk.

“Relativism and Ambivalence between Relationship and Autonomy”

Disagreement over moral values have long been a ground for argument as to whether there is a single true morality.  Philosophers have arrived at opposite conclusions based on their analysis of the nature of moral disagreement. With very few exceptions, they have drawn their conclusions about the nature of disagreement in a largely a priori and exceedingly abstract manner. This talk is a plea for more concrete consideration of the way that values are instantiated within moral traditions such as Confucianism.  I will examine in particular the implications of a Confucian ethic, as it appears in classical Confucian philosophers, for conflicts between the moral values of relationship and autonomy.  I will criticize a certain stereotype of ethics that apparently values relationship and community over individual autonomy, e.g., that the individual is subordinated to the group.  I will argue that a more careful consideration of how relationship is valued and the way the individual is conceived in relationship to the group can produced a warranted response of “moral ambivalence:” a weakening of confidence that there is a single correct way to resolve conflicts between all major moral values.

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Talk by Sara Goering: “Stimulating the Self: Neural Technologies and Agency”

Professor Sara Goering (University of Washington) will be giving one of the keynote addresses at the Puget Sound Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on Friday 2/12 at 5:30pm in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall.  Here below is her abstract for the talk.

“Stimulating the Self: Neural Technologies and Agency”

Neural technologies — like deep brain stimulation — hold great promise for treating diseases that have proven resistant to pharmaceutical interventions, but they also raise concerns about effects on personal identity and our sense of agency. I will explore how philosophers can contribute to these debates, by exploring concepts of self and relational autonomy and connecting them with reports from people using the devices.


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Perspectives in Education – Teach for America Info Session

On Wednesday, February 10th, the Vice President of Recruitment of Teach for America, Jessica Cordova Kramer, will be visiting UPS to meet informally with student leaders to discuss post graduate opportunities. While she’s on campus, her goal is to spread the word to graduating seniors and leaders about the mission of Teach for America, as well as discuss the upcoming application deadline on March 4th

RSVP for the event