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 Joseph Pitt. The director of graduate studies is Lydia Patton. The director of undergraduate studies is James Klagge.

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.

Position Announcement

The Department of Philosophy seeks a Department Head with demonstrated administrative experience who has a committment to research excellence and to undergraduate and graduate education and who maintains an on-going research program. The department offers a well-regarded MA; and is a vital participant in two interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs: Science and Technology Studies (STS) and the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought (ASPECT). Teaching load negotiable. Review of applications will begin November 21, 2014. Nominations for this position can be sent to the Search Committee Chair at jklagge@vt.edu. We seek a diverse pool of applicants. Virginia Tech does not discriminate aagainst employees, students or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender expression, national origin, political affliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

New Faculty

The Department of Philosophy welcomes our new tenure-track faculty member:

  • Kelly Trogdon, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2009. Website
    Research Areas: Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind.

New Course

The interdisciplinary undergraduate course "Introduction to Philosophy, Politics, and Economics" will now be taught regularly by the Department of Philosophy and will be offered in the spring semester 2015. For further details, please follow this link.

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.

 
Witt

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.

 

Facebook

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

Contact

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: phildept (at) vt.edu