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Since 1995, over 120 students have graduated with an M.A. in philosophy from Virginia Tech. Approximately 90% of the students who have applied to Ph.D. programs have been admitted with funding. We have placed students in a number of leading philosophy Ph.D. programs, including Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, Indiana, Duke, Arizona, Brown, Notre Dame, Toronto, UC San Diego, University of California at Irvine, and Rutgers.

Students who do not wish to study philosophy at a doctoral level have been successful in pursuing other careers, in other academic disciplines (Anthropology, Public Policy, and English, for instance), and outside the academy in the public and private sector (in computer-related fields, education, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), among others). We are proud of our placement record for both groups of students.

Acceptances are to Philosophy Ph.D. programs with funding unless noted. Beginning 2012 (and in some cases 2011), we record every program into which the applicant was admitted. Before that, we recorded only the program in which the applicant enrolled.

THESIS TITLE

SUBSEQUENT STATUS

2019

 

Challenges to effective realism Arizona State (History and Philosophy of Science)

Protein classification and natural kinds

University of Pennsylvania. Also accepted at Arizona State (History and Philosophy of Science); Duke University; Michigan State; University of Minnesota; University of Pittsburgh (History and Philosophy of Science); University of Washington, Seattle; University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Fair treatment of individual agents: a case against racial profiling

University of Southern California

 

When may police kill in self-defense? A special moral obligations argument against moral parity   

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Also accepted at Georgetown; University of Washington, Seattle.

 

Paraphilias and the medicalization of criminal behavior

Instructor, Virginia Tech

2018

 

Adaptive preference tradeoffs

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Also accepted at Cornell University; Georgetown University; Syracuse University; University of Pennsylvania; University of Virginia.

Deceiving appearances: problems for the evidential insensitivity approach to phenomenal dogmatism

University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Also accepted at University of Virginia.

Adjusting credibility excesses for epistemic justice

University of Washington, Seattle

Philosophical zombies don’t share our epistemic situation     

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Problems for introspection as a basis for reasoning about the self        

Instructor, Virginia Tech

 

2017

 

The epistemic and ontic conceptions of scientific explanation

University of California, Irvine (Logic and Philosophy of Science). Also accepted at Boston University; University of California, San Diego; University of Washington, Seattle; University of Western Ontario.

(In)justice in nonideal social worlds

University of Virginia. Also accepted at Syracuse University; University of Washington, Seattle.

The theoretical usefulness of pluralistic constitution theory

University of California, Santa Barbara. Also accepted at University of Edinburgh.

Geometric possibility, ideological parsimony, and monistic substantivalism

University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Also accepted at University of Miami; University of Nottingham.

A language-game justification for narrative in historical explanation

Secondary education

 

2016

 

Acquaintance and the formation of negative phenomenal beliefs

Cornell University. Also accepted at Syracuse University; University of Arizona; University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Puryear fellowship), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; University of Rochester (Slattery fellowship); University of Toronto.

How morality seems: a cognitive phenomenal case for moral realism           

The Ohio State University (University Fellowship). Also accepted at Rice University (Provost Prize); University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Puryear fellowship).

Beliefs in an opaque brain

Docente contratado, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

The substance of ontological disputes           

University of California, Santa Barbara. Also accepted at the University of Calgary.

2015

 

Normativity and experimental philosophy

Indiana University. Also accepted at Marquette; The Ohio State University; Temple University; University of California, Santa Cruz; University of South Florida.

Reframing the reproductivity crisis: using an error-statistical account to inform the interpretation of replication results in psychological research

Carnegie Mellon University. Also accepted at University of California, Irvine (Logic and Philosophy of Science); University of Maryland, College Park; University of Pennsylvania; Virginia Tech (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought).

2014

 

Kant’s negative answer to Molyneux’s problem

University of Western Ontario

Holistic theories of content and instability   

University of Maryland, College Park

Moral motivation and the devil         

University of Texas, Austin

Atheism and analogy: Aquinas against the atheists

Purdue University

 

Non-thesis option

Secondary education (St. Paul’s Girls’ School, London, England)

Testimony without belief

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

2013

 

On distinguishing the meaningless from the meaningful: an evolutionary game-theoretic approach to Ruth Millikan’s teleosemantics 

University of California, Irvine (Logic and Philosophy of Science). Also accepted at the Graduate Center, City University of New York; University of California, San Diego; University of Notre Dame.

Non-thesis option

University of Oklahoma. Also accepted at Georgetown University; Purdue University; University of Notre Dame.

Non-thesis option

University of Oklahoma. Also accepted at Purdue University.

Non-thesis option

The Ohio State University

Morality in the meat machine

The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Also accepted at Arizona State; Florida State; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of Cincinnati; University of Minnesota; Washington University, St. Louis (Philosophy, Neuroscience, Psychology). 

On what we confront in perceptual experience: old school ontologies for new school realists

Seattle University (Psychology M.A. program). Also accepted at Boston University.

Non-thesis option

Indiana University (History and Philosophy of Science) (unfunded)

Non-thesis option

University of Otago, New Zealand

Some suggestions for deontic logicians

Global Center for Advanced Studies, College Dublin

2012

 

Non-thesis option

University of Washington, Seattle

Non-thesis option

Cambridge University. Also accepted at Georgetown University.

2011

 

Non-thesis option

Research Coordinator, Social Clinical Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, Virginia Tech

Non-thesis option

Rutgers University

A veritable Jekyll and Hyde: epistemic circularity and reliabilist theories of justification

Purdue University

Non-thesis option

University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Also accepted at The Ohio State University; University of California, Irvine.

Non-thesis option

University of Southern California

Non-thesis option

University of Toronto. Also accepted at Cornell University; University of Michigan; University of Pittsburgh (History and Philosophy of Science)

Non-thesis option

University of Virginia

Non-thesis option

Rice University

Non-thesis option

University of Arizona

2010

 

Non-thesis option

The Ohio State University

Non-thesis option

University of California, San Diego

Non-thesis option

St. Louis University

Non-thesis option

The Ohio State University

Non-thesis option

University of Southern California

Non-thesis option

University of Buffalo

Non-thesis option

University of Arizona

2009

 

Non-thesis option

Brown University

Non-thesis option

University of Virginia Law School

Non-thesis option

University of Oklahoma

Non-thesis option

Declined (unknown) acceptances.

Non-thesis option

Private sector

2008

 

Non-thesis option

Indiana University

Non-thesis option

University of Southern California

Non-thesis option

University of California, San Diego

Non-thesis option

Washington University, St. Louis

Non-thesis option

University of Virginia

Non-thesis option

Indiana University (History and Philosophy of Science)

Non-thesis option

Private sector

2007

 

A modifier-based philosophy of whole number

Princeton University

Non-thesis option

Michigan State

Between Hull and a hard core: varying patterns in the evolution of the Darwinian research tradition      

University of Connecticut

Creating a community of equals: luck egalitarianism, democratic equality, and the significance of the choice/circumstance distinction      

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Master of Science in Library Science)

2006

 

Scientific realism and the periodic table of chemical elements

Duke University

Non-thesis option

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Non-thesis option

University of Toronto (visiting graduate fellow)

2005

 

Non-thesis option

University of Toronto

Non-thesis option

University of Washington, Seattle

Non-thesis option

Instructor, Ulster County Community College

Non-thesis option

University of British Columbia

Experience and pictorial representation

Washington University, St. Louis

2004

 

Animating the EPR-Experiment: the case for objectivity in the search for Bell violations

 

Columbia University

Objectivity in feminist philosophy of science

Duke University (Classics)

Non-thesis option

Emory University

2003

 

Non-thesis option

Cornell University

Non-thesis option

University of California, Irvine

Respecting citizens, protecting capabilities: the role of the state in a liberal society         

University of Maryland, College Park (Education Policy)

Non-thesis option

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Education Policy)

2002

 

Non-thesis option

University of Texas, Austin

Non-thesis option

University of California, San Diego

Non-thesis option

University of Notre Dame

Non-thesis option

The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Non-thesis option

Virginia Tech (Science, Technology, and Society)

2001

 

Contractarianism and moderate morality

University of Maryland, College Park

Rawls, liberalism, and leisure

University of Virginia

The ontology of persistence

Syracuse University

A solution to “the problem of Socrates” in Nietzsche’s thought: an explanation of Nietzsche’s ambivalence toward Socrates    

DePaul University

Nietzsche’s notes, Nietzsche’s ‘philosophy’

Private sector

2000

 

Sextus Empiricus and the skeptic’s beliefs    

Ohio University (English)

No degree

University of Washington, Seattle

1999

 

Royce and Perry on idealism and realism

University of Utah

1998

 

Situated cognition, dynamicism, and explanation in cognitive science

Washington University, St. Louis

Empirical meaning and incomplete personhood    

University of Illinois, Chicago (Anthropology)

1997

 

Kant’s critical attitude towards the only possible argument     

Emory University

Quality and competence: an analysis of the role of Mill’s qualitative hedonism on his conception of representative democracy     

University of Virginia (Philosophy and Law, J.D./Ph.D.)

Non-thesis option

University of Kentucky

1996

 

Meaning, functions, and the promise of indicator semantics

Declined (unknown) acceptances.

Autonomy and neutrality in liberal political thought           

University of Illinois, Chicago.

1995

 

Regarding Descartes’ Meditations as meditational

Purdue University

Descartes and tradition: the miracle of the Eucharist

Virginia Tech (Science, Technology, and Society)

Ludwik Fleck and his concept of a scientific fact

Northwestern University

The role of welfare in an egalitarian metric 

University of Kentucky

THESIS TITLE

SUBSEQUENT STATUS

2019

 

The virtue of ethnicity

Instructor, Lehman College

On the intelligibility of grounding

Private sector

2018

 

Non-thesis option

Private sector

Civility: its distinctness and significance

Unknown

What does theism add to ethical naturalism?

Virginia Tech (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought)

2017

 

Kant on the progression of representation

Secondary teaching

Non-thesis option

Unknown

2016

 

Kantianism and its commitment to non-naturalism

Director for Identity and Inclusion, Bellarmine University

2015

 

Non-thesis option

Virginia Tech (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought)

Non-thesis option

Virginia Tech (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought)

Non-thesis option

Instructor, Waubonsee Community College

Thomas Aquinas on the nature of singular thought

Private sector

The utility of mathematical symbols

Private sector

Non-thesis option

Private sector

2014

 

Non-thesis option

University of Virginia School of Law

Contextual knowledge ascriptions and non-contextual knowledge

Virginia Tech (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought)

Toward error-statistical principles of evidence in statistical inference

Private sector

Implications of a universal healthcare system in the United States: why individual health is now of national concern

Ethicist, Institutional Review Board, University of Minnesota

2013

 

Non-thesis option

Virginia Tech (Center for Public Administration and Policy)

Non-thesis option

Private sector

Non-thesis option

Private sector

Non-thesis option

Private sector

2012

 

Non-thesis option

Secondary education (teaching Philosophy and English, Avon Old Farms School, Avon, Connecticut)

Examining the ‘Adam Smith problem’

Instructor, Lynchburg College

Non-thesis option

Exeter University (Philosophy of Biology, MA program)

Non-thesis option

Private sector

Non-thesis option

Private sector

Non-thesis option

Private sector

2011

 

Non-thesis option

University of Chicago (Master of Public Policy).

Non-thesis option

Instructor, University of Toledo

Non-thesis option

Virginia Tech (Science, Technology, and Society)

2010

 

Non-thesis option

Virginia Tech (Planning Governance and Globalization)

Non-thesis option

University of California, Irvine (Biology)

Non-thesis option

University of Nevada, Reno (Mathematics, MA program)

Non-thesis option

Unknown

Non-thesis option

Unknown

2009

 

A critique of Langton on Kantian substance

Unknown

Supervaluationism, penumbral connections, and the nature of higher-order vagueness

Instructor, Virginia Tech

Non-thesis option

Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

Inescapable wrongdoing and the coherence of morality: an examination of moral dilemmas

Instructor, Virginia Tech

Non-thesis option

Private sector

Non-thesis option

Virginia Tech (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought)

2008

 

What dolphins want: animal intentionality and tool-use

Virginia Tech (Science, Technology, and Society)

Non-thesis option

Cardozo Law School

Non-thesis option

Private sector

A Davidsonian response to the dead metaphor problem

Private sector

2007

 

Non-thesis option

The University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Non-thesis option

U.S. Military

Non-thesis option

Private sector

Non-thesis option

Private sector

Non-thesis option

Private sector

2006

 

On the moral legitimacy of states and the morality of killing in war

Private sector

Non-thesis option

U.S. Military

Non-thesis option

Virginia Tech (Veterinary Medicine)

Non-thesis option

Instructor, New River Valley Community College

Non-thesis option

Public sector

2005

 

Understanding dead languages

Private sector

Non-thesis option

Public sector

Non-thesis option

Public sector

Non-thesis option

Virginia Tech (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought)

2004

 

Non-thesis option

Virginia Tech (Science, Technology, and Society)

Pragmatic epistemology, community, and the problem of solipsism

Maurer School of Law, Indiana University

Non-thesis option

University of Kansas School of Law

Non-thesis option

U.S. Military

Non-thesis option

Private sector

2003

 

Non-thesis option

Private sector

2002

 

The argument from species overlap

Private sector

The moral status of non-human animals

Private sector

Non-thesis option

Instructor, West Point

2001

 

Non-thesis option

Private sector

2000

 

1999

 

The tension between falsificationism and realism

Private sector

Socrates’ conception of knowledge and the priority of definition

George Mason University (Economics)

Explanations of the success of science

Private sector

Kant’s doctrine of schemata

Virginia Tech (Master of public administration)

1998

 

Soldiers, self-defense, and killing in war

Instructor, West Point

1997

 

Non-thesis option

Private sector

Hyperadaptation: another missing term in the science of form

Private sector