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Philosophy at VCU

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

The department offers four ways to major in philosophy: a regular concentration, a Philosophy and Science concentration, an Ethics and Public Policy concentration, and a Philosophy and Law concentration. 

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.

Current and Upcoming Seminar in Philosophy (PHIL 490) topic:

Spring 2018: Philosophy and the Law, taught by Anthony Ellis
Fall 2018: Theories of Goodness, taught by Miles Tucker

For previous seminar topics, click here.

Anthony Ellis, Department Chair:; (804) 827-2183
Diane Bentley, Secretary:; (804) 827-2184

News and Events

Spring 2017 Talks

“A New Puzzle About Belief and Credence”

Speaker: Dr. Andrew Moon (University of Notre Dame)
Time: Monday, January 30, 11:00 a.m.
Place: Starke House 101

"Finding Truthmakers for Arithmetic in a Physical World"

Speaker: Dr. Tom Donaldson (Stanford University)
Time: Friday, February 3, 2:00 p.m.
Place: Starke House 101

"Fundamental Individuals and the Foundations of Modality"

Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Wang (Stanford University)
Time: Monday, February 6, 11:00 a.m.
Place: Starke House 101


Fall 2016 Talks

Should We Vote?

Speaker: Professor Jason Brennan (Georgetown University)
Time: Tuesday., September 20, 2016, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Place: Hibbs Hall 403

After Open Borders: The Individual Ethics of Immigration

Speaker: Professor Javier Hidalgo (University of Richmond)
Time: Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Place: MCALC 2104