Ned Markosian is from a family of five boys. He grew up in Montclair, NJ, and went to Oberlin College. Markosian received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from UMass–Amherst in 1990, after writing a dissertation titled Does Time Pass? under the direction of Gareth B. Matthews. He has taught at Lawrence University, The University of New Hampshire, West Virginia University, Bay Path College, The University of Hartford, and Western Washington University.
Markosian has written on ethics, epistemology, decision theory, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, and history of philosophy, but works mainly in metaphysics. He is especially interested in the philosophy of time, the metaphysics of material objects, freedom and determinism, and personal identity (among other topics in metaphysics).
(For a complete list of publications, see Professor Markosian's personal website.)
- An Introduction to Metaphysics (co-authored with John W. Carroll), Cambridge University Press, 2010.
- “The Right Stuff,” Australasian Journal of Philosophy 93 (2015), pp. 665-687.
- “Do You Know That You Are Not a Brain In a Vat?” Logos and Episteme V, 2 (2014), pp. 161-181.
- “A Spatial Approach to Mereology,” in Shieva Kleinschmidt (ed.), Mereology and Location (Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 69-90.
- “Agent Causation as the Solution to All the Compatibilist’s Problems,” Philosophical Studies 157 (2012), pp. 383-398.
- “A Simple Solution to the Two Envelope Problem,” Logos and Episteme II, 3 (2011), pp, 347-357.
- “Rossian Minimalism,” Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 4 (2009), pp. 1-16.
- “A Defense of Presentism,” in Dean Zimmerman (ed.), Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, Volume 1 (Oxford University Press, 2004), pp. 47-82. Reprinted in Michael Rea (ed.), Arguing About Metaphysics (Routledge, 2009); and in Sally Haslanger and Roxanne Marie Kurtz (eds.), Persistence: Contemporary Readings (MIT Press, 2006).
- “Simples,” Australasian Journal of Philosophy 76 (1998), pp. 213-226.
- “How Fast Does Time Pass?” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 53 (1993), pp. 829-844. Reprinted in William R. Carter (ed.), The Way Things Are: Basic Readings in Metaphysics (McGraw-Hill, 1998).