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College of Arts and Sciences School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs


Welcome to the website of the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University.  The School offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate courses leading to the B.A. degrees in Political Science and in Philosophy, the M.A. degree in Political Science (Certificate in Global Justice and Security Studies), the Master of Public Affairs degree (offered at the Vancouver campus), and a Ph.D. degree in Political Science.  Students who graduate from our programs are imbued with a desire to engage in life-long learning and are also very competitive in a variety of job markets.

In addition to teaching and public service, faculty and graduate students engage in problem-oriented research addressing some of the most pressing political and philosophical issues of our time including global climate change and environmental policy, bioethics, health policy, national security and international terrorism, political communication, global justice, and political psychology. Many of the faculty embrace interdisciplinary research programs which allows for a multi-dimensional approach to addressing societal issues and problems.

We welcome inquiries from current and prospective students, alumni, news organizations, and the general public.

Steven Stehr
Interim Director

Northwest Philosophy Conference Program



69th Annual Northwest Philosophy Conference

October 5–7, 2017

Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Keynote Speaker: William J. Talbott (University of Washington)
Thursday, Oct. 5, co-sponsored by the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy & Public Service


The Northwest Philosophy Conference is held each fall, attracting philosophers from across the United States and abroad. The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for philosophical work.

Papers on any philosophical topic are welcome. Papers should be suitable for a 20-minute presentation (about 3,000 words, not including material that will not be presented, such as abstract, bibliography, and any footnotes or endnotes). Submissions should be formatted for blind review (only title at top of Page 1) and sent as a PDF document to:

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2017. Final decisions will be made no later than Sept. 10. Those who submit papers before August 15 will be notified of their acceptance before Sept. 1.

To facilitate and encourage discussion, paper sessions will have session chairs rather than commentators for individual papers. If you wish to chair, please send an email to noting your areas of interest.

Conference Directors:

  • Joe Campbell, Washington State University
  • Russ Payne, Bellevue College
  • Robert Vaughan, Washington State University