Call for Papers: Puget Sound Philosophy Day

The Puget Sound Department of Philosophy is now accepting papers for Philosophy Day. Philosophy Day will be on Friday, February 17, 2017.  Submission deadline is January 13, 2017. 

Papers selected for presentation will be allotted 20 minute presentation times, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A. Submitted papers should have been written for a Philosophy class at the University of Puget Sound (including classes not numbered in PHIL but taught by a professor in the Philosophy Department).

Send submissions (prepared for anonymous review, in Microsoft Word, .rtf, or .txt format) as an email attached to no later than January 13, 2017. In the body of the email include the author’s name, contact information, and the title of the paper. Include no identifying information in the file with the paper. Papers will be selected by a panel of alumni.

Email with any questions.


Professor Tiehen Publishes on Ad Populum

Professor Justin Tiehen recently published a blog post on Ad Populum about how statistics of tweets about anti-Semitism may be misleading. You can read the post here.

“More realistically, a scenario in which lots and lots of people are writing occasional anti-Semitic tweets while a few people are writing tons of them (70% worth) doesn’t seem like much of an improvement on a scenario with the same overall number of people writing anti-Semitic tweets but with a more equal distribution. If this is right, the 70%-1,600 figure seems like the wrong way to try to get a handle on the extent of the problem.”




Alumni Profiles: Sarah Jacobson

Philosophy majors pursue a wide variety of career paths after graduation, including but not limited to law, business, and higher education. Every few weeks, we will be featuring one of our department’s alumni, highlighting how their studies in philosophy have helped them in their post-graduate careers.

Sarah Jacobson graduated in 2005 with a degree in Philosophy. She now works as a Transit Control Supervisor for the Minneapolis Metro Transit. When asked how studying philosophy has helped her in her career, she said:

“My philosophy degree helped me transition into management positions easily, since I have superior critical thinking and problem solving skills and excellent written and oral communication. My career didn’t turn out as planned, but even so, I think my degree set me up to succeed.”

UC San Diego Summer Program for Women in Philosophy (SPWP)

The American Philosophical Association, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, offers several undergraduate diversity institutes in philosophy. The goal of these institutes is to encourage and support undergraduates from underrepresented groups in philosophy.

UC San Diego Summer Program for Women in Philosophy

SPWP is a two-week program for undergraduate women in philosophy hosted by the UC San Diego Philosophy Department, featuring two philosophy seminar courses taught by visiting faculty, along with a variety of workshops taught by visiting and UC San Diego faculty and graduate students, all geared towards providing an engaging philosophical learning experience and helpful preparation for applying to and succeeding at graduate school in philosophy and beyond.

The 2017 Program is currently in the planning stages!  It will most likely be held in late June / early July 2017, and will feature two intensive seminar courses. In addition to these courses, the program will offer a number of workshops on things like: developing your writing, applying to graduate school, navigating academic culture.

For for information, visit their website.



Fall 2016 Ethics Bowl Competition

On November 12th, Puget Sound’s fall Ethics Bowl team (Finn Dobkin, Colleen Hanson, Eileen Mapes-Riordan, Rae Nathan, Conor O’Keefe, and Zoe Ozdemir) coached by Professor Tubert, competed in the 2016 Northwest Regional Ethics Bowl at Pacific Lutheran University. Among the many topics they argued were: climate change refugees, exceptions to uniforms for religious purposes, and implementing taxes on red meat.


Pre Law Society Event on 11/15

Today, Tuesday, November 15th, at 6pm in Thompson 310 the Pre Law Society is hosting a guest speaker panel discussion on the value of a Law Degree, or JD. There will be four panelists (links to bios below) who will discuss the benefits of a Law degree and in particular, the many career paths a law degree can lead to. Often, students are torn on whether or not to attend law school because it is a considerable monetary investment and many students are not sure if a life as an attorney is for them. This event is meant to address these and additional questions as well as give students a perspective on the relative power of a JD compared to other graduate degrees. There is a very experienced and welcoming group of attorneys coming to speak and they will be more than happy to answer your questions. If you are considerding applying to or attending law school (and even if you aren’t) you’re encourage you to come!

11/16 Lecture and Discussion with Sherri Irvin about Social Justice on a University Campus

“The Center for Social Justice as a Transformational Space on Campus: A Model” 

Abstract: The University of Oklahoma Center for Social Justice was created in 2008 within the Women’s and Gender Studies program. OU’s CSJ is now a hub for social-justice-related initiatives. This presentation offers a model for creating a center for social justice given limited resources and discusses how a center for social justice can intervene in a conservative campus climate.

The philosophy department is sponsoring a visit by Prof. Sherri Irvin, a co-director of University of Oklahoma Center for Social Justice, to talk about what their center does on a conservative campus. In addition to learning from their experience, our hope is that this is also one entry point for the ongoing discussion of what social justice movement can look like on this campus, integrating the academic, activist, and student life aspects.

Wednesday, November  16, 2016 from 4pm-5:30pm
Murray Boardroom, Wheelock Student Center (WSC 108)

After the talk, we will host an extremely-casual dinner-and-further-conversation at the University Club House (1302 N. Alder St.) from 6pm-8pm.