Department of Philosophy

About the Department

The Department of Philosophy was established in 1983. It offers the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts, and participates in two interdisciplinary doctoral programs, the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought (ASPECT) and Science and Technology Studies (STS).

It has nine regular faculty members working in a variety of philosophical fields, particularly the philosophy of science, the history of philosophy, and moral and political philosophy. It also has visiting faculty members working in epistemology, philosophy of language, continental philosophy, and moral and political philosophy. The department chair is Douglas Lind. The director of graduate studies is Lydia Patton. The director of undergraduate studies is Joseph Pitt.

Please use the links to the left to explore information about the members of the philosophy community at Virginia Tech, the degrees and courses we offer, and past and future events in the department. For more information about our recent activities, and about studying philosophy at Virginia Tech, see our most recent newsletter.

Conference Announcement

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce the following conference:

New Minor in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

The Department of Philosophy, in cooperation with ten other departments at Virginia Tech, has launched a new Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) that offers an interdisciplinary minor. Students can now enroll for the PPE Minor. For more information, please visit the PPE Program website

Recent Books

Members of the department have recent or forthcoming books:

Philosophy, Science, and History

Lydia Patton, ed.,Philosophy, Science, and History: A Guide and Reader, Routledge, 2014.


Design Arguments

Benjamin C. Jantzen, An Introduction to Design Arguments, Cambridge University Press, 2014.


Joseph C. Pitt, Doing Philosophy of Technology: Essays in a Pragmatist Spirit, Springer Verlag, 2011.


James Klagge, Wittgenstein in Exile, MIT Press, 2010.


Deborah Mayo and Aris Spanos, eds., Error and Inference: Recent Exchanges on Experimental Reasoning, Reliability, and the Objectivity and Rationality of Science, Cambridge University Press, 2009.


Philosophy in the news

See what Forbes has to say about the value of an education in philosophy.


Facebook users can join the Philosophy Department facebook group. We'll use the group to post event notices and philosophy-related links.


The department is located on the second floor of Major Williams Hall on the Upper Quad of Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus (building 7 on the campus map).

For general correspondence and inquiries, please use the following address:

Philosophy Department
229 Major Williams Hall (0126)
220 Stanger Street
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061 U.S.A.

Phone: (540) 231-4564
Fax: (540) 231-6367
Email: clahs_phil (at)