The Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference annually brings dozens of philosophers from around the nation and the world to Washington State University and the University of Idaho. Recent keynote speakers include Nancy Cartwright, Joshua Cohen, Keith Lehrer, Stephen Schiffer, and Michael Bratman.
Since 1997, the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at WSU has sponsored a unique and bridge-building series involving faculty, military officers, and graduate students from across the WSU, University of Idaho, and Lewis-Clark State College campus communities.
The Research and Methods Symposium is a venue for faculty and graduate students to present their research, with a particular focus on methodological issues, both quantitative and qualitative. It provides an opportunity for researchers to get feedback on their work from a friendly audience and offers department members an opportunity to learn what their colleagues are doing and stay up-to-date on the latest developments in social science methodology. Since its inception in the fall of 2003, the symposium has sponsored dozens of talks by faculty, graduate students, and guests from other universities.
The Potter Lecture brings an internationally known philosopher to Washington State University each year, usually in the fall semester. Recent Potter lecturers have included Noam Chomsky, Bernard Rollin, and Daniel C. Dennett.
Philosophy Colloquium Series
WSU’s School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs and the philosophy department of the University of Idaho hold a joint colloquium series each year in which faculty members present current research.