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Tim Black

Tim BlackEducation

B.A. in Philosophy and English, Auburn University, 1994

Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2001

Research Interests


History of Modern Philosophy (especially Hume)


Philosophy of Mind


Curriculum Vitae (one two)


Some Publications

"What We Can Learn from the Skeptical Puzzle," Iris: European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 1 (2009): 439-447.

"A Warrented-Assertability Defense of a Moorean Response to Skepticism," Acta Analytica 23 (2008): 187-205.

"Solving the Problem of Easy Knowledge," The Philosophical Quarterly 58 (2008): 597-617.

"Defending a Sensitive Neo-Moorean Invariantism," in New Waves in Epistemology, Vincent F. Hendricks and Duncan Pritchard, eds. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008): 8-27.

"In Defense of Sensitivity" (written with Peter Murphy), Synthese 154 (2007): 53-71.

"The Distinction between Coherence and Constancy in Hume's Treatise I.iv.2," The British Journal for the History of Philosophy 15 (2007): 1-25.

"Avoiding the Dogmatic Commitments of Contextualism" (written with Peter Murphy), Grazer Philosophische Studien 69 (2005): 165-182.

"Classic Invariantism, Relevance, and Warranted Assertability Manoeuvers," The Philosophical Quarterly 55 (2005): 328-336.

"Contextualism in Epistemology," The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed., James Fieser.[Posted December 5, 2003 at http://www.iep.utm.edu/c/contextu.htm.]

"A Moorean Response to Brain-in-a-Vat Scepticism," Australasian Journal of Philosophy 80 (2002):148-163.


Contact Information

  • Tim Black
  • tim.black@csun.edu
  • Sierra Tower (ST) 534
  • Office Hours for Fall 2010
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-3:30PM
  • (818) 677-7205
  • Personal Websites (one two)

Current Courses

  • PHIL 230, Fall 2010
  • PHIL 450, Fall 2010

Past Courses

  • Philosophy 100: General Logic
  • Philosophy 150: Introduction to Philosophical Thought
  • Philosophy 200: Critical Reasoning
  • Philosophy 202: Modern Philosophy
  • Philosophy 230: Introduction to Formal Logic
  • Philosophy 350: Epistemology and Metaphysics
  • Philosophy 355: Mind and Reality
  • Philosophy 402: Advanced Modern Philosophy (Berkeley’s Principles and Dialogues; Hume’s Treatise, Book 1, Parts 1 and 2)
  • Philosophy 403: Contemporary Philosophy (Duncan Pritchard’s Epistemic Luck)
  • Philosophy 450: Advanced Epistemology and Metaphysics (John Hawthorne’s Knowledge and Lotteries)
  • Philosophy 497: Senior Seminar
  • Linguistics 430: A Linguistic Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • Liberal Studies 250: Reason, Belief, and Education
  • Liberal Studies 396GW: Liberal Studies Gateway