We publish cutting edge philosophy research and train students to become critical thinkers. Our classes are small, emphasizing a flexible curriculum with a lot of one on one time between students and faculty.

Our faculty specialize in a variety of philosophical studies, particularly the philosophy of science, the history of philosophy, and moral and political philosophy. We also host visiting faculty members working in epistemology, philosophy of language, and early modern philosophy.

We offer the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts, and participate in two interdisciplinary doctoral programs:

  • The Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought (ASPECT)
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)


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Martha Nussbaum is the 2016 recipient of the Kyoto Prize, often considered the most prestigious award offered in fields not eligible for a Nobel Prize. Photo by Sally Ryan.

Leading Philosopher to Discuss Anger and Revolutionary Justice

Is it possible to fight injustice without anger?

Martha Nussbaum, an internationally celebrated philosopher, will explore that question during the inaugural Distinguished Public Lecture of the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Virginia Tech.. View Philosophy Stories.

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