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 James Klagge. 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.
The Department of Philosophy welcomes our new tenure-track faculty member:
- Michael Moehler, Ph.D. London School of Economics,
Research Areas: Moral and Political Philosophy (affiliated with ASPECT)
VIRGINIA TECH. Assistant Professor of Philosophy, tenure track. AOS: Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind; AOC: Symbolic Logic. Two (2) courses per semester, undergraduate and graduate. Evidence of teaching ability required. Salary: competitive. Ph.D. completed by August 10, 2013. In addition to offering a first class MA in Philosophy, the department is also a major component of two interdisciplinary PhD programs, Science and Technology Studies, and the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical and Cultural Thought. Virginia Tech is an EO/AA employer and particularly encourages applications from women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and minorities. Interested candidates are REQUIRED to submit an on-line application at www.jobs.vt.edu, posting number 0122356, including letter of interest, CV, evidence of teaching ability, writing sample, and transcript. Applicants should arrange to have three (3) letters of recommendation sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with "CORE ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY" in subject line of email. We will begin reviewing applications November 16, 2012. Interviews will be conducted by Skype. For more information please visit our web page at www.phil.vt.edu.
Members of the department have recent or forthcoming books:
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.
Walter Ott, Causation and Laws of Nature in Early Modern Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2009.
James Klagge, Wittgenstein in Exile, MIT Press, 2010.
Joseph C. Pitt, Doing Philosophy of Technology: Essays in a Pragmatist Spirit, Springer Verlag, 2011.
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For general correspondence and inquiries, please use the following address:
229 Major Williams Hall (0126)
Blacksburg, VA 24061 U.S.A.
Phone: (540) 231-4564
Fax: (540) 231-6367
Email: phildept (at) vt.edu