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Joseph Pitt

Joseph Pitt, Professor Emeritus

Joseph Pitt, Professor  Emeritus
Joseph Pitt, Professor Emeritus

Department of Philosophy
237 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Joseph Pitt is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy. 

  • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • Galileo
  • Wilfrid Sellars
  • Pragmatism
  • Hume
  • A.B., College of William and Mary 1966
  • M.A., University of Western Ontario 1970
  • Ph.D., University of Western Ontario 1972
  • Organizing Committee, Forum for Philosphy, Engineering, and Technology
  • Society for Philosophy and Technology
  • Philosophy of Science Association
  • AAAS
  • Sigma Xi
  • Fellow AAAS
  • Alumni Award for Excellence in Research (VT)
  • Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching


Doing Philosophy of Technology

Galileo, Human Knowledge and the Mirror of Nature

Thinking About Technology (Download in PDF)

Pictures, Images and Conceptual Change

Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Technology

Journal Articles

AThe Dilemma of Case Studies”

“Successful Design in Architecture and Engineering”

“The Role of Technologies in Undermining the Perennial Philosophy”

“Guns Don’t Kill, People Kill; values in/or around technologies”

  • “Establishing an Interdisciplinary Liberal Engineering Ethics Curriculum at Virginia Tech,” Co-PI with Ishwar Puri (Enginering Science and Mechanics) and Richard E. Wokutch. (Management), National Science Foundation 2008-10 ($299,000)
  • SGER: Explanations of Software-Intensive Systems: A foundation for Design Science,” Co-PI with Steven R. Haynes and John M. Carroll (Penn State) 2006-2008, National Science Foundation ($199,712).
  • Journal Project:  Perspectives on Science; Historical, Philosophical, Social.  University of Chicago Press, 1992-1997.  ($120,000)

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