Department of Philosophy

Additional Faculty and Staff

Visiting Faculty

Ted Parent
Visiting Assistant Professor, Ph.D. UNC Chapel Hill
(540) 231-8485 | Email | 221 Major Williams Hall | Personal Website


Ted Parent works primarily in the philosophy of language and ontology. He has published on infallibilism in Philosophical Studies, on Quine's view of logic in Erkenntnis, and has a forthcoming entry with the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy on content externalism and self-knowledge. He is currently working on several articles, covering topics such as metaontology, Kripke on empty names, and the metaphysics of mind.

Gregory M. Novack
Visiting Assistant Professor, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Email | 220 Major Williams Hall

Nathan Rockwood
Visiting Assistant Professor, Ph.D. UC San Diego
(540) 231-0997 | Email | 220 Major Williams Hall | Personal Website


Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

My primary area of research is in early modern philosophy, and my recent research has focused mostly on Locke’s epistemology. In particular, I’m interested in a category of knowledge that Locke calls “real knowledge”, which is his account of how we have knowledge of the real world (including knowledge of the existence of external objects and knowledge of morality). I also have ongoing projects in early modern metaphysics, including Locke and Hume on personal identity, and Descartes on the laws of nature.

I also do research in philosophy of religion (both historical and contemporary). I have given presentations and have ongoing projects on divine foreknowledge and human freedom, the problem of evil, and challenges to the doctrine of hell. With respect to history of philosophy, I am particularly interested in accounts of miracles in the early modern period (especially in Malebranche, Locke, and Hume).

Adjunct Faculty

Jim Garrison
Professor of Education
Email | Personal Website
Jim Garrison is a professor of philosophy of education at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. His research interests focus on American pragmatism, and especially the philosophy of John Dewey.


James Buchanan
Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Richard M. Burian
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and STS
(540) 231-6760 | Email | 220 Major Williams Hall | Personal Website
Dick Burian has general research interests in history and philosophy of science (especially conceptual change) and epistemology. He specializes in philosophy of biology, and has specific concerns in the history of nineteenth and twentieth century evolutionary theory; theories of heredity, and theories of (biological) development; the relations among biological disciplines; the impact of the molecular biology on the theory and practice of biological disciplines; historiography and methodology in history and philosophy of science; and scientific realism.

Harlan Miller
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Email | Personal Website
Harlan Miller has interests in a variety of topics in metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of mind, but most of his energy recently has gone into questions in applied ethics and ethical theory. He is particularly interested in human responsibilities (if any) to the non-human world: animals, the environment, machines. This leads both to other applied topics such as ethical, social, and political questions about agriculture, and to such theoretical questions as the nature and significance of species and the use of the fact/value distinction in the environmental sciences. He retired from teaching in 2003.

Palmer Talbutt
Associate Professor Emeritus

In Memoriam

Jack Good (1916-2009)
University Distinguished Professor | Memorial Notice

Marjorie Grene (1910-2009)
Honorary University Distinguished Professor | Memorial Notice

Lauren Fleming (1980-2011)
Visiting Assistant Professor

Dieter Seltzer (1992-2012)
Philosophy Undergraduate Major | Memorial Notice

J. J. Stinson (1992-2012)
Philosophy Undergraduate Major | Memorial Notice by Professor Joseph Pitt


Claudio D'amato

Darren Jackson

Eric Lewis
(540) 231-6476 | Email | 354 Lane Hall

Grace McGee

Caitlin Parker

Melissa Schwartz

Hannah Wildman Short

Michael Zarella


Holly Belcher
(540) 231-4564 | Email | 229 Major Williams Hall

Holly Belcher is the Philosophy Department’s Undergraduate Program Specialist. She has been in the department since the spring of 2014. Her primary responsibilities include assisting students/faculty, and serving as a liaison between staff, faculty, students and other outside sources. Holly’s interests include traveling and playing music.

Terry Zapata
(540) 231-4565 | Email | 229A Major Williams Hall

Terry Zapata is the Philosophy Department's Executive Secretary, and has been in the department since 1998. Her primary responsibilities include providing administrative and clerical support to the Department Head and to the Philosophy Department as a whole. Terry has been a member of IAAP since 1999 and received her CPS (Certified Professional Secretary) rating in May of 2009. Terry is married to Carlos and originally from Fuquay-Varina, NC.