Philosophy, Joshua Mozersky

Dr. Joshua Mozersky has been appointed Head of the Department of Philosophy for a three-year term commencing July 1, 2011.

Dr. Joshua Mozersky is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Canada Research Chair in Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Science.  He received his B.Sc. from the University of Toronto (1992), his M.A. from New York University (1995) and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (1999).  He joined the faculty of Queen’s University in 2002 and has also taught at the University of Toronto, Colgate University and Ryerson University.  At Queen’s, Dr. Mozersky has taught metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science and philosophy of mathematics. 

Dr. Mozersky’s research is broadly located in the areas of ontology, the philosophy of language, philosophical logic and the philosophy of science.  In particular, much of his research to date has focused on the nature of time.  He has published various articles, chapters and conference proceedings on the language, reality and logic of time.  His forthcoming book, Time, Language and Ontology looks at three long-standing philosophical questions: whether the present is objectively distinguished from other times; what the logical structure of tensed language is; and the relationship between change, identity and time.  In the process, the book examines the nature of philosophy and how it is able to contribute to our understanding of the world. 

In addition to continuing his investigations into the nature of time, Dr. Mozersky is currently working on several projects, including: an investigation into the nature of predication in language; an examination of how logical form can inform our understanding of ontological structure; and a look at the relationship between representations of the world and properties of the represented world.