Sanaa Abrahams

Graduate Student

Ethics, Philosophy of Biology, Political Philosophy

Nazim Adakli

Graduate Student

BA, Bogazici University, Turkey
MA, Bogazici University, Turkey

Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind

Nate Adams

Assistant Professor

Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law

Nate works in social, moral, political, and legal philosophy. His main research project is about the authority and legitimacy of institutions, especially institutions other than the state. He asks what it means for other kinds of institutions to be legitimate, what standards they need to meet to be legitimate, and in general what employing discourses of legitimacy is good for. Nate also pursues questions of citizens’ relations to the state, including via disobedience, how criminal defendants deserve to be treated, the nature of reasons, and how we implicitly negotiate normative demands in conversations. There is more specific information on his website:

Elizabeth Barnes


Metaphysics, Social Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Ethics

Elizabeth Barnes works on metaphysics, social philosophy, and feminist philosophy - and is particularly interested in the areas where these subjects interact. She's currently writing a book on disability and thinking a lot about the metaphysics of social structures. She's also the editor of Philosophy Compass.

Colin Bird

Colin Bird

Associate Professor (Politics) & Director of Political Philosophy, Policy and Law


Talbot Brewer


Ethics, Political Philosophy

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Talbot Brewer is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Virginia. He specializes in ethics and political philosophy, with particular attention to moral psychology and Aristotelian ethics.  He is the author of numerous essays, including “Virtues We Can Share: A Reading of Aristotle’s Ethics” (Ethics 115, 2005), “Savoring Time: Desire, Pleasure and Wholehearted Activity” (Ethical Theory and Moral 6, 2003), “Two Kinds of Commitments (And Two Kinds of Social Groups)” (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 66, 2003), and “Maxims and Virtues” (The Philosophical Review 3, 2002). He has been a visiting professor in the Harvard University Philosophy Department and has been invited to present his work to audiences at a number of universities and professional conferences in North America, South America, Europe, China and the Middle East. He has authored two books, the most recent of which is The Retrieval of Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Selected Publications

The Retrieval of Ethics – (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009; paperback in May 2011). Reviewed in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Ethics, The Philosophical Quarterly, The Journal of Moral Philosophy, The Review of Metaphysics, and Analysis.

Reflections on the Cultural Commons” – Forthcoming in Alejandro Nestor García, editor, Being Human in a Consumerist Society (Ashgate Publishing, October 2014).

“Kant and Rawls on the Cultivation of Virtue” – Theory and Research in Education (July, 2013)

“Virtue” – Hugh LaFollette, Sarah Stroud and John Deigh, eds., International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

Alienated Emotions” – Carla Bagnoli, editor, Morality and the Emotions (Oxford: Oxford University Press, October 2011), 275-98.

“Two Pictures of Practical Thinking” – Lawrence Jost and Julian Wuerth, editors, Perfecting Virtue: New Essays on Kantian Ethics and Virtue Ethics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, February 2011), 116-146.

 “The Foundations of Neo-Aristotelianism: Critical Notice of Michael Thompson, Life and Action” – Philosophical Books (Volume 50, Number 4, October 2009), 197-212.

 “On Moral Alchemy: A Critical Examination of Post-9/11 U.S. Military Policy” – Matthew J. Morgan, editor, The Day that Changed Everything? The Impact of 9/11, Volume VI: Religion and Philosophy (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2009) 221-32.

“Is Welfare an Independent Good?” – Social Philosophy & Policy (Volume 26, Number 1, Winter 2009), 96-125.

“Three Dogmas of Desire” – in Timothy Chappell, editor, Values and Virtues (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), 257-284.

“The Patina of the Past: Meditations on Memory and Home” – The Hedgehog Review (Volume 7, Number 3, Fall 2005), 46-55.

“Virtues We Can Share: A Reading of Aristotle’s Ethics” – Ethics (Volume 115, Number 4, July 2005), 721-58.

“Savoring Time: Desire, Pleasure and Wholehearted Activity” – Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (with other selected papers from the annual meeting of the British Society for Ethical Theory, in Volume 6, Number 2, June 2003), 143-160.

“Two Kinds of Commitments (And Two Kinds of Social Groups)” – Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (Volume 66, Number 3, May 2003), 554-583.

“The Real Problem with Internalism about Reasons” – Canadian Journal of Philosophy (Volume 42, No. 4, December 2002), 443-473.

“Maxims and Virtues” – The Philosophical Review (Vol. 3, No. 4, October 2002), 539-72.

Ethan Butt

Ethics, Philosophy of Religion
  • Office Hours: via Zoom Mondays 3:30-5:30

Ross P. Cameron

Professor & Director of Undergraduate Program

Metaphysics, Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics

Ross is interested in all areas of metaphysics.  He has published extensively on traditional metaphysical topics like the nature of time, possibility, existence and truth.  He is also interested in the philosophy of logic and mathematics, and has been known to dabble in aesthetics and epistemology.




James Cargile

Professor Emeritus

Epistemology, Ethics, History of Philosophy, Logic, Philosophical Logic, Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics

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Jeffrey Carroll

Jeffrey Carroll

Political Philosophy
  • Office Address: Cocke Hall 209
  • Office Hours: Friday 12:00 - 2:00
  • Class Schedule:

    Fr 8:00-8:50 in New Cabell Hall 211

    Fr 9:00-9:50 in New Cabell Hall 303

    Fr 10:00-10:50 in New Cabell Hall 232

Nikolina Cetic

Graduate Student

Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Computing and Information Technologies, Feminist Philosophy

Jim Darcy

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, General Faculty


Daniel Devereux

Professor Emeritus

Ancient Philosophy, Metaphysics

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Cora Diamond

Kenan Professor of Philosophy Emerita

Wittgenstein, Frege, Philosophy of Language, Ethics, Political Philosophy, Philosophy and Literature

Recent talks

"Wittgenstein's 'Unbearable Conflict'" (Philosophy and Psychoanalysis seminar, Tavistock Clinic, London)

"On there not being anything else to think" (Jowett Society, Oxford)

"Murdoch off the map, or Taking Empiricism back from the Empiricists". (Moral Philosophy seminar, Oxford; Amherst College)

Recent publications

"G.H. von Wright on Wittgenstein in Relation to His Times".  In Acta Philosophica Fennica, vol. 93, 2017.

"Asymmetries in Thinking about Thought: Anscombe and Wiggins".  In the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 90, Spring 2016.

"Wittgenstein and What Can Only Be True". Nordic Wittgenstein Review 3 (Dec. 2014).

Erin Eaker

Association Dean & Assistant Professor

Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Biology, Environmental Philosophy
  • Office Address: 201-D Monroe Hall
  • Office Hours: By Appointment

M. Jamie Ferreira

Professor Emerita (Religious Studies)

Philosophy of Religion, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, J. H. Newman, Victorian Studies, 20th Century Philosophy, Religious and Ethical Imagination

Kim Ferzan

Caddell & Chapman Professor of Law

Criminal Law, Evidence, Prosecution, Jurisprudence, Ethics

Corin Fox

Association Dean & Assistant Professor

Philosophy of Language, Logic, Ethics

Nathan Frank

Graduate Student

Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Ethics

Torrance Fung

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, General Faculty


Brie Gertler

Commonwealth Professor

Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology

For information about my research, please see my HOMEPAGE

Lily Greenway

Graduate Student

Ethics, Political Philosophy
  • Office Address: 209 Cocke Hall
  • Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 9:30-10:30

Paul Humphreys

Commonwealth Professor

Philosophy of Science, Epistemology

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  • Office Address: 105 Cocke Hall
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2:00-3:00PM and by appointment

Paul Humphreys, Commonwealth Professor of Philosophy, specializes in the philosophy of science. He is co-director of UVA’s Center for the Study of Data and Knowledge; co-director of the Human and Machine Intelligence group; series editor of Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science; a member of the editorial boards of Synthese, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, and Foundations of Science; and a member of the governing board of the Philosophy Documentation Center. For more information see




Selected Publications
Emergence: A Philosophical Account (Oxford, 2016)

Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Science (Oxford, 2016)

`Explanation as Condition Satisfaction’ PSA 2012: Symposia Papers (December 2014)

`Scientific Metaphysics and Speculative Metaphysics’, pp.51 – 78 (Chapter 3) in Scientific Metaphysics, Don Ross, James Ladyman, and Harold Kincaid (eds). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Emergence: Contemporary Readings in Science and Philosophy. Mark Bedau and Paul Humphreys (eds). The MIT Press, 2007

Extending Ourselves: Computational Science, Empiricism, and Scientific Method (Oxford, 2004)

"Some Considerations on Conditional Chance," British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (2004)

"Are There Algorithms that Discover Causal Structure?" Synthese (1999, with David Freedman)

"How Properties Emerge," Philosophy of Science 64 (1997), 1-17

The Chances of Explanation (Princeton, 1989)

"Why Propensities Cannot Be Probabilities," The Philosophical Review 94 (1985), 557-570


Kirra Hyde

Graduate Student

B.A. in philosophy from Southern Virginia University
M.A. in philosophy from Brandeis University

Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Early Modern Philosophy
  • Office Address: 209 Cocke Hall
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 12:00-2:00

My name is Kirra Hyde. Originally from Idaho, I attended Southern Virginia University for my undergraduate education, where I majored in philosophy and music.  And I completed a Master’s Degree in philosophy at Brandeis University.  I am thrilled to be back in Virginia, doing more philosophy! 

I like metaphysics.  I am interested in the nature of this world and the objects in it.  In addition to such central problems in metaphysics, I am intrigued by problems at the intersection of metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of mind, such as truth, objectivity, and perception.  I care about what we can know about the nature of this world.  And I care about how perception, beliefs, and language connect to the external world and to each other.  My most recent work has been in perception, particularly how objective it is and what makes it so.  I plan to continue to work in questions at the intersection of metaphysics, epistemology, and mind.  They are great questions!

Other than philosophy, my greatest hobby is music.  I play percussion, I pretend to play the piano, and I will sing in a choir when anyone will let me.  I also enjoy cooking novel dishes, spending time outdoors, and playing all sorts of games.

Zachary Irving

Assistant Professor

Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Action Theory
  • Office Address: 102 Cocke Hall
  • Office Hours: By appointment

George Klosko

Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor (Politics)

Political Theory, History of Political Thought

Harold Langsam


Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology

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Professor of Philosophy. Professor Langsam works primarily in the areas of philosophy of mind and epistemology. He is especially interested in the nature of conscious states and their relevance to epistemic justification. He also teaches Nietzsche at the undergraduate level and human nature at the introductory level.


The Wonder of Consciousness: Understanding the Mind through Philosophical Reflection (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2011).

Recent Articles:

“McDowell’s Infallibilism and the Nature of Knowledge,” Synthese,

“Why Intentionalism Cannot Explain Phenomenal Character,” Erkenntnis 85 (2020): 375-389.

“Nietzsche and Value Creation: Subjectivism, Self-Expression, and Strength,” Inquiry 61 (2018): 100-113.

“The Intuitive Case for Naïve Realism,” Philosophical Explorations 20 (2017): 106-122.

Jimin Lee

Graduate Student

Early Modern Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy
  • Office Address: 200 Cocke Hall
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 2:30-3:30 and Fridays 9:00-10:00
  • Class Schedule:

    Fr 8-8:50
    Fr 2-2:50
    Fr 3-3:50

Chia-Hua Lin

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Philosophy of Science
  • Office Address: 207 Cocke Hall
  • Office Hours: By appointment

C. Ambrose Little

Ancient Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Metaphysics, Natural Philosophy
  • Office Address: 209 Cocke Hall
  • Office Hours: Mondays 4:00-5:00 & Fridays 12:00-1:00
  • Class Schedule:

    F 8:00-8:50 in Ruffner 139

    F 9:00-9:50 in Ruffner 139

    F 10:00-10:50 in Ruffner 139


Antonia LoLordo

Professor & Department Chair

Early Modern Philosophy

Loren Lomasky

Cory Professor of Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law

Ethics, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Gastronomy

Samuel Lundquist

Graduate Student

Ethics, Political Philosophy, History of Philosophy
  • Office Hours: via Zoom Wednesdays 3-5PM

Stephen Marrone

Graduate Student

Ethics, Normativity, Ancient Philosophy
  • Office Hours: via Zoom Thursdays 10:00AM-12:00PM

John Marshall

Professor Emeritus

Ethics, Political Philosophy

Ian McCready-Flora

Assistant Professor

Ancient Greek Philosophy, Aesthetics, Epistemology, Applied Ethics

Ian specializes in Ancient Greek Philosophy and has substantial side interests in contemporary Aesthetics, Epistemology and Applied Ethics.

His book-length project concerns Aristotle's conception of rationality. What is it about human thinking that distinguishes it from the sorts of thinking other animals are capable of? Of particular importance is our capacity to form beliefs. Unlike wisdom, understanding and expertise—all high-level perfections of reason—beliefs are piecemeal and fallible, yet still beyond the reach of any non-human mind. Aristotle's theory of belief, however, gets relatively little attention compared to his deductive model of science and knowledge. A serious effort at understanding it, then, can tell us what on his view distinguishes the rational from the non-rational.

Ian is also writing on ancient conceptions of knowledge and its relation to other mental states; Aristotle’s response to Protagoras, both the sophist himself and his Platonic shadow; and the history and prehistory of the emotions and their place in our mental lives.


Representative Publications

2019b. “Speech and the Rational Soul.” in Aristotle’s Anthropology, eds. Geert Keil & Nora Kreft. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 44-59.
2019. “When Protagoras Made Aristotle His Fitch.” Ancient Philosophy Today: Dialogoi 1: 171-91.
2018. “Affect and Sensation: Plato’s Embodied Cognition.” Phronesis 63: 117-47.
2015. "Protagoras and Plato in Aristotle: Rereading the Measure Doctrine." Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 49: 71-129.
2014. "Aristotle’s Cognitive Science: Belief, Affect and Rationality." Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 89: 394-435.
2013. “Aristotle and the Normativity of Belief.” Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 44:67-98.

Trenton Merricks

Commonwealth Professor & Director of Placement

Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Mind
  • Office Address: 103 Cocke Hall
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-4:30 and by appointment

Elyse Oakley

Graduate Student

Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science
  • Office Address: 209 Cocke Hall
  • Office Hours: Mondays & Tuesdays 3:00-4:00

C.J. Oswald

Political and Social Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Language

Walter Ott

Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Modern Philosophy, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind

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  • Office Address: 122 Cocke Hall
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Walter Ott’s research focuses on metaphysics and philosophy of mind from the modern period on. His articles have appeared in such journals as Philosophy and Phenomenological ResearchArchiv fuer Geschichte der Philosophie, and the Journal of the American Philosophical Association. He is the author of Descartes, Malebranche, and the Crisis of Perception (Oxford, 2017), Causation and Laws of Nature in Early Modern Philosophy (Oxford, 2009), Locke’s Philosophy of Language (Cambridge 2004), and co-editor, with Lydia Patton, of Laws of Nature (Oxford, 2018). His new book, The Metaphysics of Laws of Nature: The Rules of the Game, is forthcoming with Oxford.

Zachary Puetz

Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:30-1:30

James Reed

Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Self, Metaphysics

Jorge Secada

Professor & Director of Diversity and Inclusion

History of Modern Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Ethics, Political Philosophy

Curriculum Vitae // PDF icon PHIL.Secada.J.CV_14-15.pdf

  • Office Address: 208 Levering
  • Office Hours: via Zoom Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00-9:30; 11:15-11:45; and 3:30-4:30. Please email to arrange link at least one hour prior to requested meeting time.
  • Class Schedule:

    PHIL 2110 - MW 10:00-10:50

    PHIL 2500-004/SPAN 4520 - MW 2:00-3:15



A. John Simmons

John Allen Hollingsworth Professor of Philosophy

Ethics, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law

A. JOHN SIMMONS is the John Allen Hollingsworth Professor of Philosophy at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1976.  He received his A.B. from Princeton University in 1972 and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Cornell University in 1977.  He has been an editor of the journal Philosophy & Public Affairs since 1982.  He is the author of Moral Principles and Political Obligations (Princeton, 1979), The Lockean Theory of Rights (Princeton, 1992), On the Edge of Anarchy: Locke, Consent, and the Limits of Society (Princeton, 1993),  Justification and Legitimacy: Essays on Rights and Obligations (Cambridge, 2000), Is There a Duty to Obey the Law? For and Against (with C.H. Wellman)(Cambridge, 2005), Political Philosophy (Oxford, 2008), Boundaries of Authority (Oxford, 2016), and many other publications on topics in moral, political, and legal philosophy.  Two of his articles have been selected for inclusion in The Philosopher’s Annual.  He has edited the books International Ethics (Princeton, 1985) and Punishment (Princeton, 1995).  Professor Simmons has chaired the University of Virginia’s Philosophy Department and its Program on Political and Social Thought, and he received Virginia’s All-University Teaching Award in 1992-93 (in the inaugural year of that award).  He taught Ethics as a special consultant for six years at the F.B.I. National Academy and has given the Becker Distinguished Alumnus Lecture at Cornell University, the Safra Lecture at Harvard, and the 2013 Auguste Comte Lectures at the London School of Economics.

Selected Publications

Boundaries of Authority (Oxford University Press, 2016; vii + 263 pp.)

“Human Rights, Natural Rights, and Human Dignity”, in R. Cruft, M. Liao, and M. Renzo (eds.), Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights (Oxford University Press, 2015), 138-52.

“Rights-Based Justifications for the State”, in A. Byrne, J. Cohen, G. Rosen, and S. Shiffrin (eds.), The Norton Introduction to Philosophy (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015), 955-62.

“Territorial Rights: Justificatory Strategies”, in Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, Vol. I (Oxford University Press, 2015), 145-72.

“Locke on the Social Contract”, Ch. 21 of M. Stuart (ed.), A Companion to Locke (Wiley Blackwell, 2016), 413-32.

“Self-Determination and Territorial Rights”, Philosophy and Public Issues (New Series), Vol. 6, No. 2 (2016), 51-65.

Rebecca Stangl

Rebecca Stangl

Professor & Director of Graduate Admissions

Ethics, History of Philosophy

Curriculum Vitae // File Stangl CV Sept 2020.docx

Rebecca Stangl is Associate Professor of Philosophy at The University of Virginia. She specializes in contemporary ethical theory, especially virtue ethics, and is the author of Neither Heroes Nor Saints: Ordinary Virtue, Extraordinary Virtue, and Self-Cultivation (from Oxford University Press).  Her recent work has also appeared in such journals as Ethics, Philosophical Quarterly, and The Hastings Center Report, as well as several edited collections from Oxford University Press.  In addition to her work in virtue ethics, she maintains teaching and research interests in various applied ethics issues, especially bioethics.  


Neither Heroes nor Saints: Ordinary Virtue, Extraordinary Virtue, and Self-Cultivation (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2020.)

Recent and forthcoming essays include:
· “Virtue, Dependence, and Value,”Australasian Philosophical Review, forthcoming 2020. 
· “Cultural Relativity and the Justification of the Virtues,” in Nancy Snow, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Virtue (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), 508-524. 
· “Neo-Aristotelian Supererogation,” Ethics, 126:2 (January 2016) 339-365. (Published Online: December 2015.) 
· “Taking Moral Risks Virtuously,” in Christian Miller, ed. The Character Project: New Perspectives in Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), 215-233. 
· “Particularism”, in Robert Audi, ed. The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, 3rd Edition (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2012). 
· “Thick Ethical Property,” in Robert Audi, ed. The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, 3rd Edition (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2012). 
· “Trolley Problem,” in Robert Audi, ed. The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, 3rd Edition (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2012). 
· “Asymmetrical Virtue Particularism,” Ethics, 121: 1 (October 2010) 37-57. 
· “Selective Termination and Respect for the Disabled,” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 35:1 (February 2010) 32-45. (Published Online: December 24, 2009.) 
· “Plan B and the Doctrine of Double Effect,” Hastings Center Report, 39:4 (July 2009) 21-25. 
· “A Dilemma for Particularist Virtue Ethics,” Philosophical Quarterly, 58:233 (October 2008) 665-678. (Published Online: November 5, 2007.) 
· “Particularism and the Point of Moral Principles,” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 9:2 (April 2006) 201-229.


She was also a recipient of The University of Virginia’s 2012 All-University Teaching Award.

Travis Tanner

Early Modern Philosophy, History and Philosophy of Science, Skepticism
  • Office Address: 209 Cocke Hall
  • Office Hours: Mondays 10:00-12:00

George Thomas

Professor Emeritus

Ethics, Kant, Free Will

Zachary Veroneau

William Vincent

Metaphysics, Epistemology, Logic, Philosophy of Religion
  • Office Hours: via Zoom Tuesdays 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Evan Welchance

Graduate Student

Metaphysics , Epistemology, Philosophy of Language
  • Office Address: via Zoom
  • Office Hours: via Zoom Fridays 3-5

Alana Wilde

Graduate Student

Philosophy of Disability, Social Ontology and Feminist Philosophy

Sanaa Abrahams

Graduate Student

Nazim Adakli

Graduate Student

Nikolina Cetic

Graduate Student

Nathan Frank

Graduate Student

Lily Greenway

Graduate Student

Kirra Hyde

Graduate Student

Jimin Lee

Graduate Student

Samuel Lundquist

Graduate Student

Stephen Marrone

Graduate Student

Elyse Oakley

Graduate Student

Evan Welchance

Graduate Student

Alana Wilde

Graduate Student