October 29, 2021
Unorthodox! Cognitive Reflection and Folk Moral Classification
A Talk by Professor Ross Colebrook
September 30, 2021
Film Screening: Children of Men (CAMPUS Only)
This screening is part of the ASUPS campus films series.
Film Screening will be followed by a discussion with Professor Ariela Tubert (Philosophy) and Logan Canada-Johnson '22
September 10, 2021
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Philosophy Pizza Party
April 12, 2021
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Virtual: Join Zoom Meeting
"Beyond Health Equity: Feminist Challenges to Population Health Ethics"
Philosophy colloquium talk with Carina Fourie, Program on Ethics, Department of Philosophy, University of Washington.
Abstract: In this paper I argue that frameworks for population health ethics are often insufficient for addressing feminist concerns. While the nascent field of population health ethics should theoretically be congruent with various feminisms, I argue that it is developing in a way that is troubling in terms of its feminist applicability, particularly when we assess two sets of relevant literature: academic bioethics literature, including textbooks, and health policy guidance.
First, the conceptions of justice and equality invoked in the dominant academic literature – conceptions that should be foundational to population health ethics – frequently tend to be irrelevant to or even in conflict with feminisms. I identify three primary troubling characteristics of that literature: methodological ahistoricism; astructuralism; and distributivism.
Second, while health equity is rightly becoming a key value pursued in contemporary health policies and protocols, such as guidance on pandemic preparedness and the ethical allocation of COVID-19 vaccines, I argue that it is not adequate for representing the concerns of injustice associated with feminisms because it tends to be ad hoc in nature and focuses only on health and, at that, only on its distribution.
My paper is primarily a critique; however, it has constructive implications. In the final section, I will identify what we can learn about the required characteristics for a feminist framework of population health ethics, and explain why we need one.
March 8, 2021
"After Philosophy: Success Stories from Alums"
An informal discussion with alums Maia Bernick '15, Jessica Chan-Ugalde '18, and Colleen Hanson '19 on how philosophy shaped and boosted the post-graduation careers of three Puget Sound students. They spoke on a virtual panel about their careers - in law, in tech consulting, and in academia. The panelists spoke about the skills they gained from their philosophy degree, how philosophy combines with their other interests, and how these skills prepared them for their next steps. The event also offered an opportunity for current students to connect with these alums.
These panelists represent just a small subset of the wide variety of careers that alums embark on, after graduating with a philosophy degree. We have alums in law, business, technology; in higher education; and in public service.