2019 Puget Sound Undergraduate Philosophy Conference Report

From January 31–February 1, 2019, students from the Philosophy Department led the 2019 Puget Sound Undergraduate Philosophy Conference featuring student presenters from around the country. Here are some photos from the event:

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The conference was covered by The Trail, and all accepted papers and corresponding comments are now published in Sound Ideas

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.

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Congratulations to philosophy majors class of 2015!

I will miss this great group of graduating students!  The philosophy faculty got to celebrate with students and various family members at the philosophy reception on Saturday morning, I got to be on stage with president Thomas at graduation, and Lee Pennebaker gave a great speech as the commencement speaker.  Busy, fun, and memorable weekend for us all.  Here are some photos of the philosophy majors during graduation weekend 2015:

From Left to right: Si-Won Song, Austen Harrison, Maia Bernick, Abby Osborne, Conner Sabin, Lee Pennebaker, Matt Archer

From Left to right: Si-Won Song, Austen Harrison, Maia Bernick, Abby Osborne, Conner Sabin, Lee Pennebaker, Matt Archer

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Lee Pennebaker

Lee Pennebaker

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Abby Osborne

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Austen Harrison

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Conner Sabin

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Lee Pennebaker

Maia 2015-05-18 at 10.21.07 AM

Maia Bernick

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Matt Archer

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Si-Won Song

from left to right: Samantha Hartenbaum, Conner Sabin, Abby Osborne, Si-Won Song, Maia Bernick, Austen Harrison

At the Philosophy Department Graduation Reception. From left to right: Samantha Hartenbaum, Conner Sabin, Abby Osborne, Si-Won Song, Maia Bernick, Austen Harrison

“The Art of Thought Experiments” in the Daily Nous

The philosophy blog Daily Nous, run a very nice article on Si-Won Song’s exhibit “The Art of Thought Experiments.”  Read the whole thing and check out the images but here is an excerpt:

Si-Won Song, a student about to graduate from the University of Puget Sound, has created a series of digital artworks based on well-known philosophical thought experiments. Song, a philosophy major (with minors in studio art and Japanese) first got the idea from reading about Frank Jackson’s thought experiment, Mary’s Room, in Professor Justin Tiehen’s philosophy of mind course. Mary is a scientist who has lived in a black and white room her whole life, learning all of the scientific facts about the color red but never seeing it, until one day…

Si-Won Song - Mary

Song created the above, with fellow student Brittney High as the model for Mary. Other students and some philosophy faculty have served as models in the other works. Here’s Professor Tiehen in a painting based on —well look at it first and guess…

Si-Won Song - grue

… That’s Nelson Goodman’s grue.

The digital paintings are currently on display at the University of Puget Sound. In an article about it at the University’s website, Song says more about the works:

The project started off as a gift idea for all of my professors as a ‘thank you’ for putting up with me for the past four years. With the encouragement and support of my two advisors, it ended up becoming an independent study class, and grew into a larger project that involved the majority of the philosophy department, from faculty to students. This project is by a philosophy student, of people working in philosophy, and about philosophy. …

Wed 4/22 at 7pm: Ethics of Human-Robot Relations

Maia Bernick ’15 will be leading the second discussion in the series Ethics and Technology: “Ethics After Dark: Human-Robot Relationships.”. The session focused on the ethical considerations that may arise from relationships with robots, will last approximately one hour, no philosophical background is necessary. Maia will start the discussion with a brief introduction to the topic and the rest of the time will consist of questions and group discussion.

“Ethics After Dark: Human-Robot Relationships”
APRIL 22, 7 p.m., Wyatt 109

Discussions on Ethics and Technology

The Philosophy Department invites you to join Maia Bernick ’15 for two discussions on the topic of Ethics and Technology. More specifically, the discussions will be considering the ethical dimensions surrounding the creation and use of various types of robotics. Each session will last approximately one hour, no philosophical background is necessary. Each event will start with a brief introduction to the topic and the rest of the time will consist of questions and group discussion.

APRIL 8, 7 p.m., Wyatt 109: “Can Robots Solve the Care Crisis?” We will be examining the use of Socially Assistive Robots as caregivers and medical assistants.

APRIL 22, 7 p.m., Wyatt 109: “Ethics After Dark: Human-Robot Relationships” Are there any ethical considerations that arise from relationships with robots?

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