Joseph Pitt

JOSEPH PITT

Joseph Pitt

Professor

Office

237 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone

540-231-5760

Email

Department Membership

Philosophy

Expertise

  • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • Galileo
  • Wilfrid Sellars
  • Pragmatism
  • Hume

Professional Activities

  • Organizing Committee, Forum for Philosphy, Engineering, and Technology
  • Society for Philosophy and Technology
  • Philosophy of Science Association
  • AAAS
  • Sigma Xi

Education

  • AB College of William and Mary 1966
  • MA University of Western Ontario 1970
  • PhD University of Western Ontario 1972

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Fellow AAAS

    Alumni Award for Excellence in Research (VT)

    Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

    Selected Publications

    Books

    Doing Philosophy of Technology

    Galileo, Human Knowledge and the Mirror of Nature

    Thinking About Technology (Download in PDF)

    Pictures, Images and Conceptual Change

    Edited Books

    Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Technology

    Articles

    The 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”

    Sponsored Research

    “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 ScienceHistorical, Philosophical, Social.  University of Chicago Press, 1992-1997.  ($120,000)

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