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Tim Black

Department of Philosophy
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8253
tim.black@csun.edu

Education
   Ph.D.     University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Philosophy, May, 2001
                      Dissertation: “Contextualism and Skepticism about the External World”
                      Committee: Albert Casullo (director), Robert Audi, Philip Hugly, Joseph Mendola
   B.A.        Auburn University, Philosophy and English, May, 1994, magna cum laude

Areas of Specialization
   Epistemology
   Hume’s Epistemology

Areas of Competence
   History of Modern Philosophy  
   Philosophy of Mind                        
   Metaphysics
   Wittgenstein

Experience
   California State University, Northridge, Department of Philosophy
         Associate Professor (tenured), August 2009-present
         Associate Professor (non-tenured), August 2008-August 2009
         Assistant Professor, August 2003-August 2008
   University of Utah, Department of Philosophy
         Visiting Assistant Professor, August 2002-July 2003                          
   California State University, Fresno, Department of Philosophy
         Lecturer August 2001-July 2002
   University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Philosophy
         Lecturer, June 2001-July 2001                    
         Teaching assistant, August 1995-May 2001

Publications

PRESENTATIONS
   REFEREED
  • “Hume’s Epistemic Naturalism in the Treatise”; 36th International Hume Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, August 2-6, 2009
  • “Explanation, Epistemic Closure and Belief-Forming Methods” (written with Peter Murphy); Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference, April 30-May 2, 2004
  • “Hume’s Epistemological Compatibilism”; American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meetings, March, 2003
  • "Skepticism and Warranted Assertion”; American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meetings, April, 2003; American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meeting of the Society for Skeptical Studies, March, 2003; Central States Philosophical Association, October, 2002; Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, October, 2002
  • “Relevant Alternatives and the Shifting Standards for Knowledge”; American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meetings, April, 2002; Southwestern Philosophical Society, November, 2001
  • “A Moorean Response to Skepticism”; American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meetings, March, 2002
  •  “Relevant Alternatives and the Skeptical Puzzle”; Mid-South Philosophy Conference, February, 2000
   INVITED
  • “How to do epistemology”; 12th Southern California Philosophy Conference, November 7, 2009
  • “The Value of Reliably-Produced True Belief”; Summer School in Philosophy 2009, University of Cologne (Germany), August 24-28, 2009 [was not able to attend]
  • “Hume’s Epistemic Naturalism in the Treatise”; University of California, Irvine Scientia Workshop in the History of Philosophy, December 5, 2008
  • “Reflective Epistemic Luck and a New Epistemic Compatibilism”; 3rd Southern California Epistemology Workshop, UCLA, May 17, 2008
  • “Searching for Reason’s Foundation: Hume’s Arguments in Of scepticism with regard to reason”; Claremont Graduate University Philosophy Colloquium, April 19, 2007
  • “Defending a Sensitive Neo-Moorean Invariantism”; American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meeting of the Society for Skeptical Studies, March, 2006
  • “Contextualism, Closure, and Contingent A Priori Knowledge”;  Philosophy Symposium, California State University, San Bernardino, November, 2003
  • “Is There Room for Epistemic Closure in a Counterfactualist Theory of Knowledge?” (written with Peter Murphy); Eighth Annual Southern California Philosophy Conference, October, 2003
  • “Skepticism and Warranted Assertability Maneuvers”; Philosophy Colloquium, University of Utah, December, 2002
  •  “A Refuge for Knowledge, or How the Relevant Alternatives Theory Can Shelter Us From Skepticism”;  Department of Philosophy Colloquium, California State University, Fresno, April, 2002
   COMMENTARIES
  • Comments on Eric Thompson's "Pragmatic Invariantism and External World Skepticism"; American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meetings, April, 2010
  • Comments on Daniel M. Johnson’s “Can Moore’s Proof Rationally Persuade Without Transmitting Warrant?”; American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meetings, April, 2008
  • Comments on D. Blake Roeber’s “Contextualism and Virtue Perspectivism: How to Preserve Our Intuitions About Knowledge and ‘Knows’”; American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meetings, December, 2007
  • Comments on Juan Comesaña’s “Knowledge and Subjunctive Conditionals” (with Peter Murphy); On-Line Philosophy Conference 2, May 14-20, 2007  (The conference is online at the following address:  http://experimentalphilosophy.typepad.com/2nd_annual_online_philoso/
  • Comments on Kent Bach’s “The Emperor’s New ‘Knows’”;  Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference, April 30-May 2, 2004
  • Comments on Jessica Brown’s “Adapt or die: the death of invariantism?”; University of Stirling’s Epistemological Contextualism conference, March 20-21, 2004
  • Comments on Jean-Pierre Schachter’s “Hume’s Principles of World-Construction”;  30th International Hume Conference, July 29-August 2, 2003
  • Comments on Matt Cooper’s “Skepticism and Contextual Semantics”;  Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, October, 2002
  • Comments on Erik Schmidt’s “Self-Deception and Ambivalent Belief”; Mid-South Philosophy Conference, February, 2000
Courses Taught
   At California State University, Northridge

  • 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
   At University of Utah
  • Philosophy 1250: Reasoning and Rational Decision Making
  • Philosophy 1250: Reasoning and Rational Decision Making (Online WebCT course)
  • Philosophy 3200: Deductive Logic
  • Philosophy 3300: Theory of Knowledge
  • Philosophy 3910: Individual Research (John McDowell’s Mind and World)
  • Philosophy 5300/6300: Epistemology
   At California State University, Fresno

  • Philosophy 1: Introduction to Philosophy
  • Philosophy 20: Moral Issues
  • Philosophy 28: Critical Thinking in the Classroom
  • Philosophy 120: Contemporary Conflicts of Morals
Honors And awardS
  • Spring 2005: California State University, Northridge Probationary Faculty Development Grant for “A Warranted-Assertability Defense of A Moorean Response to Skepticism”
  • Fall 2005: California State University, Northridge College of Humanities Faculty Fellowship for“Hume’s Epistemological Compatibilism”
  • Fall 2007: California State University, Northridge Competition for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity for “Implicature Cancellations and Epistemological Invariantism”
  • Fall 2007: California State University, Northridge College of Humanities Faculty Fellowship for “Searching for Reason’s Foundation: Hume’s Arguments in Of scepticism with regard to reason
  • Spring 2008: California State University, Northridge College of Humanities Faculty Fellowship for “Nature and Cogitation in Hume’s Treatise 1.4.7”
  • Spring 2009: California State University, Northridge Competition for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity for “Hume’s Epistemic Naturalism in A Treatise of Human Nature
Service to the University and to the department
   California State University, Northridge
  • Academic Advisor, Philosophy Department, Fall 2008-present
  • Academic Council, Philosophy Department’s Alternate Representative, Fall 2005-Spring 2006
  • Appointments Committee, Philosophy Department, Fall 2003-present (Chair (Fall 2008-present))
  • Assessment Committee, Philosophy Department, Fall 2004-present (Chair (Fall 2004-Spring 2008))
  • Assessment Liaison Committee, Fall 2004-Spring 2008
  • Associated Students Annual Budget Review Board, Faculty Representative, Spring 2005 Fall 2005, Fall 2006-Spring 2008
  • Critical Reasoning Committee, Philosophy Department, Fall 2005-Spring 2007
  • Curriculum Committee, Philosophy Department, Fall 2004-Spring 2009 (Chair (Fall 2004-Spring 2008))
  • Educational Policies Committee, Spring 2009-present
  • Faculty Hearing Panel, Philosophy Department Representative, Fall 2007-present
  • Faculty Writing Workshop (conducted by Irene Clark), Participant, Spring 2008
  • Integrated Teacher Education/Liberal Studies Interdisciplinary Program Committee, Fall 2006-present (Assessment Sub-committee, Fall 2007-present)
  • Learning Centered University Symposium, Poster Session Presenter, October 8, 2004
  • Lecture Committee, Philosophy Department, Fall 2009-present
  • Literacies Certificate Planning Committee, Fall 2009-present
  • Lower Division Transfer Pattern, Disciplinary Representative (Philosophy) for California State University, Northridge, Fall 2005
  • Luckenbach Award Committee, Philosophy Department, Fall 2008-present
  • Master’s in Humanities Faculty Planning Committee, Spring 2006-Spring 2008
  • New Faculty Orientation Organizing Committee, Spring 2004-Fall 2005
  • Organizer of the 11th Southern California Philosophy Conference (held at CSUN on October 27, 2007, and sponsored by the CSUN Philosophy Department), Summer 2007-Fall 2007
  • Organizer of the 10th Annual Southern California Philosophy Conference (held at CSUN on October 29, 2005, and sponsored by the CSUN Philosophy Department), Summer 2005-Fall 2005
  • Personnel Committee, Philosophy Department, Fall 2009-present
  • The Scholarship of Teaching, Learning and Assessment: Connections that Work, Poster Presenter, September 29, 2006
  • Strategic Planning Committee, Philosophy Department, Fall 2003–present
  • Student Philosophy Society, Faculty Sponsor, Philosophy Department, Fall 2003-Spring 2007
  • Summer Sessions Committee, Philosophy Department, Summer 2005-Summer 2008
Service to the profession
   

   2001
  • Referee for Australasian Journal of Philosophy
   2002
  • Referee for Australasian Journal of Philosophy
   2003
  • Referee for the following journals: American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy
  • Program Committee for the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association
   2004
  • Referee for the following journals: Erkenntnis, The Philosophical Quarterly, Synthese
  • Referee for the following publishers: Routledge
  • Program Committee for the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association
   2005
  • Referee for the following journals: Australasian Journal of Philosophy, ErkenntnisThe Philosophical Quarterly, Synthese
  • Referee for The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  • Program Committee for the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association 
   2006
  • Referee for the following journals: American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, The Philosophical Quarterly, Synthese
  • Referee for the following publishers: McGraw-Hill, Oxford University Press, Wadsworth/Thomson Higher Education
   2007
  • Referee for the following journals: Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, dialectica, Dialogue, The Journal of Philosophical Research, Philosophia, Synthese, Theoria
  • Referee for the following publishers: McGraw-Hill, Oxford University Press, Routledge, Wadsworth/Thomson Higher Education, Wiley-Blackwell
   2008
  • Referee for the following journals: Canadian Journal of Philosophy, dialectica, Mind, Noûs, The Philosophical Quarterly, Synthese
   2009
  • Referee for the following journals: Acta Analytica, American Philosophical QuarterlyErkenntnis, Metaphilosophy, Mind, Pacific Philosophical QuarterlyPhilosophiaThe Philosophical Quarterly, Synthese
   2010
  • Referee for the following journals: Journal of Philosophical ResearchMind, Synthese
Professional Memberships
  • American Philosophical Association, 2000-present
  • Central States Philosophical Association, 2002-2003
  • Hume Society, 2006-present
  • Society for Skeptical Studies, 2001-present
  • Southwestern Philosophical Society, 2001-2002