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Professor Josh Parsons

Josh Parsons

Fellow and Tutor, Associate Professor (CUF) in Philosophy


I was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and studied at Victoria University, Wellington before moving to Australia to do my PhD at the Australian National University. I have worked at the Arché research centre, University of St Andrews (2001-2004; after leaving I retained an honorary position at St Andrews until 2010); University of California, Davis (2004-2005); and Otago University (2006-2011). I returned to the UK to take up the post of Tutorial Fellow at Corpus in December 2011.


My main areas of research are metaphysics, philosophical logic, and ethics, but I think of myself as a philosophical generalist. In metaphysics I have worked on philosophy of time, particularly problems of identity over time, the metaphysics of modality, truthmaker theory, Zeno's paradoxes, and the nature of intrinsicality; in philosophical logic, on the logic of the imperative mood, and on the application of formal logical techniques to metaphysical theories; in ethics, on responsibilities to future generations, and on the cognitivism / non-cognitivism debate in meta-ethics.

Teaching and supervision

I teach a variety of undergraduate papers, and am interested in supervising graduate students in any area that overlaps with my research interests.


"Cognitivism about imperatives" Analysis (forthcoming 2012)

"Assessment-contextual indexicals" Australasian Journal of Philosophy 89 pp. 1-17 (2011)

"Hudson on location" Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 76 pp. 427-435 (2008)

"Is everything a world?" Philosophical Studies 134 pp. 165-181 (2007)

"Theories of location" Oxford Studies in Metaphysics 3 pp. 201-232 (2007)

"Negative truths from positive facts?" Australasian Journal of Philosophy 84 pp. 590-602 (2006)

"Topological drinking problems" Analysis 66 pp. 149-154 (2006)

"Truthmakers, the past, and the future" in Beebee and Dodd (eds) Truthmakers, the contemporary debate, Oxford University Press pp. 161-174 (2005)

"I am not now, nor have I ever been, a turnip" Australasian Journal of Philosophy 83 pp. 1-14 (2005)

"The Eleatic hangover cure" Analysis 64 pp. 364-366 (2004)

"Distributional properties" in Jackson and Priest (eds) Lewisian Themes, Oxford University Press pp. 173-180 (2004)

"Dion, Theon, and DAUP" Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 85 pp. 85-91 (2004)

"Why the handicapped child case is hard" Philosophical Studies 112 pp. 147-162 (2003)

"A-theory for tense logicians" Analysis 63 pp. 4-6 (2003)

"Axiological actualism" Australasian Journal of Philosophy 80 pp. 137-147 (2002)

"A-theory for B-theorists" Philosophical Quarterly 52 pp. 1-20 (2002)

"Langton and Lewis on `Intrinsic'" (co-authored with Dan Marshall) Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 63 pp. 346-351 (2001)

"Must a four-dimensionalist believe in temporal parts?" Monist 83 pp. 399-418 (2000)

"There is no truthmaker argument against nominalism" Australasian Journal of Philosophy 77 pp. 325-334 (1999)


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