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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

Topic: What Is Happiness?

Speaker: Professor Dan Haybron
Time: Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Place: TBD

Virginia Philosophical Association talks

Speakers: Elizabeth Radcliffe (College of William and Mary), keynote speaker; Mark Hight (Hampden-Sydney College), banquest speaker; 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: TBD

Topic: Transformative Experience

Speaker: Professor Laurie Paul (UNC--Chapel Hill)
Time: Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Place: TBD


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)