Bradford Skow

Curriculum Vitae  

MIT - Dept. of Linguistics and Philosophy
email: bskow [at]
office: 32-D930
phone: (617) 253-4147

Teaching (Fall 2014):
24.115: Philosophy and Time.
24.S40: Formal Tools for Philosophy.
Links to past courses.


Versions of my papers posted here may not match the published versions word for word.
A red indicates a recent addition.

The Philosophy of Time

Objective Becoming. Forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

"One Second Per Second." Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (2012).
Why Does Time Pass? Noûs (2012).
Experience and the Passage of Time. Philosophical Perspectives (2011).
On the Meaning of the Question "How Fast Does Time Pass?" Philosophical Studies (2011).
Extrinsic Temporal Metrics. Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, volume 5 (2010).
Relativity and the Moving Spotlight. The Journal of Philosophy (2009).
What Makes Time Different From Space? Noûs (2007).

Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Science

Are There Genuine Physical Explanations of Mathematical Phenomena? Forthcoming in BJPS.
Are There Non-Causal Explanations (of Particular Events)? Forthcoming in BJPS.
The Role of Chance in Explanation. Australasian Journal of Philosophy (2014).
Does Temperature have a Metric Structure? Philosophy of Science (2011).
On a Symmetry Argument for the Guidance Equation in Bohmian Mechanics. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science (2010).
Local and Global Relativity Principles. Philosophers' Imprint (2008).
Sklar's Maneuver. BJPS (2007).
Earman and Roberts on Empiricism about Laws. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (2007).
Review of Physical Relativity by Harvey Brown. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2006).

Value Theory

Review of The Geometry of Desert by Shelly Kagan. Ethics (2014).
How to Adjust Utility for Desert. Australasian Journal of Philosophy (2012).
A Solution to the Problem of Indeterminate Desert. Mind (2012).
Preferentism and the Paradox of Desire. Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy (2009).

(Other) Metaphysics

Notes on the Grandfather Paradox. Not for publication.
More on Haecceitism and Possible Worlds. Analytic Philosophy (2011).
Deep Metaphysical Indeterminacy. The Philosophical Quarterly (2010).
The Dynamics of Non-Being. Philosophers' Imprint (2010).
Haecceitism, Anti-Haecceitism, and Possible Worlds. The Philosophical Quarterly (2008).
Are Shapes Intrinsic? Philosophical Studies (2007).


Once Upon a Spacetime. New York University Doctoral Dissertation (2005).


My wife, Deanna, teaches children's yoga in the Cambridge-Somerville-Arlington area.

Be True to Your School

You know about Oberlin College's importance to the history of jazz, its leadership in environmental studies, its influence on football, and of course its role in opening higher education to women and African-Americans and in starting the civil war. But did you know that it has also produced a lot of philosophers?