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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. 

2017 Fall Courses

2017 Spring Courses

We are pleased to announce two new concentrations within the philosophy major: a Philosophy and Science concentration and a Philosophy and Law concentration. 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.

Upcoming Seminar in Philosophy (PHIL 490) topic:

Fall 2017: Belief, Confidence & Doubt, taught by Andrew Moon

Course description: We will explore two sets of questions about belief, confidence, doubt, and certainty.  The first set is from epistemology: when should we believe, doubt, have confidence, or be certain?  Is there anything we can believe with certainty or should we have at least a little bit of doubt about everything?  The second set is from philosophy of mind.  What are belief, doubt, confidence, and certainty?  How do these different mental states relate to one another?  In this course, we will seek to answer these questions.

For previous seminar topics, click here.

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