Department of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy

                The Department of Philosophy

What is Philosophy? and Philosophy at VCU

Faculty Information

Admission Information

Requirements for the Majors and the Minors

General Advice for Students

Fall 2015 Course Schedule

2014–2015 Course Schedule

VCU Graduation on Saturday, May 9, 2015
   10:00 a.m. VCU Commencement at the Richmond Coliseum
   3:30 p.m. Philosophy Department Ceremony at the
      University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballrooms
      (907 Floyd Avenue, 2nd Floor)


Congratulations to our recent graduates!

May 2015
  • Joshua Kain Day
  • Aditya Devineni
  • Calvin Hall
  • Matthew Hankla
  • Christopher Hutton
  • Courtney Jones
  • Michael Lowry
  • Charles Morrison
  • Damien Shaner
  • Matthew Shenker
  • Lee Stone
  • Aaron Tran
  • Turner Penton
December 2014
  • Scott Batcheller
  • Peyton Cocker
  • Jared Crist
  • Julian Dowd
  • Jackson Eiland
  • Hannah Morgan
  • Tyler Patsch
  • Andrew Pham
  • Alana Russell
  • Maximillian Schweiger
  • Tyler Wall
August 2014
  • Alex Ewell
(Email if your name has been omitted.)

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

Spring 2015 Talks

"Re-imagining the Secular"
Speaker: Professor James Smith, Calvin College
Time: Saturday, 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)

Department of Philosophy
College of Humanities and Sciences
Virginia Commonwealth University
915 West Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23284-2025

(804) 828-1224

Anthony Ellis, Department Chair:
C. Diane Bentley, Secretary:

Updated 4/30/2015