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

            Spring 2014 Course Schedule

            Fall 2013 Course Schedule

       VCU Graduation on Saturday, May 10, 2014:
       10:00 a.m. Commencement in the Richmond Coliseum
       3:00 p.m. Philosophy department ceremony in the University Student Commons
                    (907 Floyd Avenue), 2nd floor, Richmond Salons


Applications for the position of Fixed Term Assistant Professor are now closed, as of July 21, 2014.

Congratulations to our recent graduates!

May 2014
  • Christopher Byrd
  • Mary Gallagher
  • Andrea Jackson
  • Andrew Kennedy-Derkay
  • Joseph Knoebel
  • Michael Perreault
  • Gordon Randlett
  • Jennifer Ramos
  • Alexander Wilson
December 2013
  • Robert Adams
  • Audrea Anderson
  • C. Brayshaw
  • Gilbert J. Kenner, Jr.
  • Zachary Daniel Kitchen
  • Joshua Learn
  • Courtney Gray Sterling
  • Philip Alexander White
August 2013
  • Benjamin Caskey
  • James Crytser
  • Caroline Gerdts
  • Alex Johnston
  • Sean Sam
  • Brendan Taylor
(Email if your name has been omitted.)

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

Welcome to Lisa Leininger (Ph.D., University of Maryland), who joined VCU's philosophy faculty in fall 2013! Dr. Leininger specializes in the philosophy of science and metaphysics.

Welcome to Alex Anderson (Ph.D., Purdue University), who joined VCU's philosophy faculty in fall 2013! Dr. Anderson specializes in pragmatism and ethics.

2013–2014 Talks
11/15/2013  Rebecca Stangl (University of Virginia), "A Neo-Aristotelian Account of Supererogation"
Friday, November 15, 4:30–6:00 p.m., Starke House 101

1/31/2014  William Lycan (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), "Moral Realism"
Friday, January 31, 4:30–6:00 p.m., Starke House 101

Description: Many doubt that there are moral facts or objective moral truths. This paper defends moral facts against the most powerful objections to them.

3/28/2014  Tristram McPherson (Virginia Tech), "Arguing for Vegetarianism: The Easy Part and the Hard Part"
Friday, March 28, 4:00–5:30 p.m., Commons Theater in the University Student Commons (Note new time & place, which were updated 2/28/14)

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

(804) 828-1224

Anthony Ellis, Department Chair: 

C. Diane Bentley, Secretary:

Updated 5/14/2014

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