Dr. Richard A. Richards

Richard A. Richards

Professor / Department Chair

Office Hours

Fall 2017:

Mondays 3:00-4:00pm, Wednesdays 2:00-3:00pm, & by appointment.


Dr. Richard Richards first joined the department in 1997, and rejoined as an assistant professor in Spring 2000. His specialties are philosophy of science, the history and philosophy of biology, and aesthetics. He is involved in the Blount Undergraduate Initiative, in both the planning of curriculum and teaching.

Dr. Richards is the author of The Species Problem: A Philosophical Analysis (Cambridge University Press, 2010). He has also published articles in Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, Perspectives on Science, Philosophy of Science, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, and Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy. Recent work includes essays for The Oxford Handbook for the Philosophy of Biology, The Cambridge Companion to the Origin of Species, The Harvard Companion to Evolution, and The John Wiley Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. He is currently working on a second book with Cambridge University Press: Biological Classification: A Philosophical Introduction.

Other interests include the performing and fine arts. He has performed professionally with major ballet companies in both the United States and Europe. His drawings and paintings are held in private collections, as well as the Museum at Yosemite National Park where he has served as artist-in-residence.


PhD, Certificate in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Johns Hopkins University