Congratulations 2019 Philosophy Graduates!

We will miss the impressive group of philosophy majors who graduated yesterday!  We got a chance to celebrate with some of them on Saturday.

We wish each of you all the very best as you move on to the next stage of your lives and are so very proud of your accomplishments during your time at Puget Sound.  Keep in touch and come visit us! 


2019 Philosophy Graduates Bennett Barnes, Colleen Hanson, Sam Lilly, Sammy Jones.

Grads and Profs

Philosophy faculty and graduating seniors at the Philosophy reception on Saturday, from left: Prof. Tiehen, Colleen Hanson, Sam Lilly, Prof. Protasi, Bennett Barnes, Sammy Jones, Prof. Beardsley, Prof. Tubert, Prof. Garrison.


2019 graduates Colleen Hanson, Sam Lilly, Bennett Barnes, Sammy Jones.



Judith Wechsler is an art historian primarily of 19th century French art, who has engaged in inter- disciplinary studies: the intersection of art and theater, art and film, caricature and physiognomy, art and science. She has written and directed 27 films on art, informed by her scholarship.

Aby Warburg: Metamorphosis and Memory

Aby Warburg (1866–1929) was an innovative and influential art historian whose interests ranged from the Italian Renaissance to Hopi ritual dances, from frescoes to postage stamps.


The Passages of Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project, a monumental study of 19th century Paris, is the focus of this one hour documentary.


Residency sponsored by Catharine Gould Chism Fund for the Humanities and the Arts and Department of Religion


Collier Scholarships

The deadline for applying to the Collier Scholarships is March 31, 2016.  Philosophy students are often eligible to apply for either Collier scholarship.  The Collier Interdisciplinary Scholarship requires work in a science or social science subject and a humanities subject (for example those doing work in psychology and philosophy could be eligible.) The Collier Pleneurethic Scholarship requires that the student pursue studies of the relationship between the mind, body, and environment.  For more information and application instructions, check here.

Collier Poster 2016

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.

WongTalk FINAL

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.


GoeringTalk FINAL