Joshua Mozersky

Professor and Former Canada Research Chair


Arts and Science

People Directory Affiliation Category
  • B.Sc., University of Toronto
  • M.A., New York University
  • Ph.D., University of Toronto
Specializations / Research Interests 

Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language

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Joshua Mozersky is professor of philosophy at Queen’s University. His primary areas of research and teaching are the philosophy of science, metaphysics, and the philosophy of language. He was formerly Canada Research Chair in Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Science. He served as Head of Philosophy from 2011-2017.

  • Time, Language, and Ontology: The World from the B-Theoretic Perspective (Oxford, 2015)
Selected Journal Articles
  • ‘Nominalism, Contingency, and Natural Structure’, Synthese (2019), online first:
  • ‘Physics and the Manifest Image of Time’, Metascience 27(3) (2018): 517-521.
  • ‘A Tenseless Account of the Presence of Experience’, Philosophical Studies 129 (2006): 441-476.
  • ‘Smith on Times and Tokens’, Synthese 129 (2001): 405-411.
  • ‘Tense and Temporal Semantics’, Synthese 124 (2000): 247-269.
  • ‘Time, Tense and Special Relativity’, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 14 (2000): 221-236.
Selected Chapters in Books
  • 'Temporal Predicates and the Passage of Time’, in L. Nathan Oaklander (ed.), Debates in the Metaphysics of Time and Related Topics. Continuum Publishers (2014): 109-127.
  • ‘The B-Theory in the 20th Century’, in Heather Dyke and Adrian Bardon (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Time, Wiley-Blackwell (2013): 167-182.
  • ‘McTaggart’s Argument Against the Reality of Time’, in Michael Bruce and Steven Barbone (eds.) Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell (2011): 64-67.
  • ‘Presentism’, in Craig Callender (ed.) The Oxford Handbook on the Philosophy of Time, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2011): 122-144.
Selected Reviews
  • ‘Time, Inside and Out’ (review of Cosmological and Psychological Time, edited by Yuval Dolev and Michael Roubach), Metascience 26 (2017):123-126.
  • Review of McTaggart’s Paradox by R. D. Ingthorsson, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (December 11, 2016)
  • ‘How Time Flies: Shedding Light on the Moving Spotlight’ (review of Objective Becoming, by Bradford Skow), Metascience 25 (2016): 143-146.
Work in Progress
  • More Variables Than Equations (in preparation)
  • Mind-Independence: The Nature of Structure and the Structure of Nature (in preparation)
  • ‘Temporal Modelling and Ontological Hindsight Bias’ (forthcoming)
  • ‘Evaluating the Moving Spotlight’ (in preparation)
  • ‘Analytic vs. Continental Philosophy’ (in preparation)

Courses regularly taught: Epistemology and Metaphysics; Philosophy of Physics; Philosophy of Mathematics; Philosophy of Science