Banner for the Philosophy Department home page

Philosophy at VCU

The Division of Philosophy offers an undergraduate major in Philosophy, as well as minors in philosophy, and the philosophy of law. 

2014-2015 Course Schedule

2015 Fall Course Schedule

We are pleased to announce two new concentrations within the philosophy major: a Philosophy and Science concentration and a Philosophy and Law concentration. Students can graduate with these concentrations beginning fall 2015. For more information, see the philosophy advisor, Professor Donald Smith.

Advising: Professor Donald Smith is the advisor for all philosophy majors. If you have advising questions or would like an advising appointment, contact Professor Smith (

Heidi Lockwood and Michael Tooley visited VCU to debate how sexual assault on campus should be addressed. A video of the debate can be found here.

Seminar in Philosophy (PHIL 490) topics:
Spring 2015: Religious Epistemology, taught by Anthony Bolos
Fall 2015: The Nature of Persons, taught by Catherine Sutton

News and Events

Fall 2015 Talks

CANCELED: "The Moral Basis of Happiness Policy"

Speaker: Professor Dan Haybron (St. Louis University)
Time: Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
We regret that this event has been canceled.


Virginia Philosophical Association talks

Speakers: Full program posted on the Website linked above 
Time: Friday, October 9, at 2:15 p.m. through Saturday, October 10, at 1:00 p.m.
Place: University Student Commons (907 Floyd Ave., Richmond, VA 23284)
Friday meetings are in the Commonwealth Ballroom, and Saturday meetings are in the Richmond Salons 


"Transformative Experience and Big Life Choices"

Speaker: Professor Laurie Paul (UNC–Chapel Hill)
Time: Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Place: Hibbs Hall, Room 403 (900 Park Ave.)


Past Talks

"Re-imagining the Secular"

Speaker: Professor James Smith (Calvin College)
Time: February 28, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Place: Academic Learning Commons (MCALC), Rm. 1107

"Sexual Assault on Campus" [video]

Speakers: Professor Michael Tooley and Professor Heidi Lockwood
Time: Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Place: Singleton Center for the Performing Arts (922 Park Ave.)

"Can Skepticism Be Refuted?"

Speaker: Professor Michael Tooley (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Time: Friday, March 20, 4:00 p.m
Place: Starke House 101 (Philosophy department seminar room)

"Cheating: How Honest Are We?"

Speaker: Professor Christian Miller, Wake Forest University
Time: Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Place: New location--Room 2104 of the Academic Learning Commons (MCALC)