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Tim Mosteller, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Office Phone: (951) 343-4770
E-mail: tmosteller@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Eugene and Billie Yeager Center B211
Office Hours: Spring 2015 Semester MWF 11:45-1:15, M 4:00-6:30, W 2:15-3.15 (by appointment),

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Philosophy University of Miami 2002
M.A. Philosophy of Religion and Ethics Biola University 1997
B.A. Philosophy, International Relations University of Southern California 1993

Additional Education

Academic Year Abroad, American University in Cairo and Tel-Aviv University, 1991-1992


Courses Taught

Fall 2014 Semester

PHI213, Section B
Introduction to Philosophy
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9.30a - 10.30a

PHI213, Section D
Introduction to Philosophy
Thursday, 6.30p - 9.30p

PHI300, Section A
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 2.30p - 3.30p

PHI320, Section A
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10.45a - 11.45a


Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

Epistemology (theories of truth)
Metaphysics (general ontology)
Philosophy of Religion; Ethics (bioethics)


Teaching Experience

University of San Diego
California State University, San Marcos
University of Miami
Biola University


Research, Presentations, & Publications


Title: “Epistemological Relativism:MacIntyre, Putnam and Rorty”


"Teaching Informal Fallacies Through Video," American Association of Philosophy Teachers Biennial Meeting, Coastal Carolina University, 2010

"Educating the Souls for Freedom: Maritain and the Humanities," American Maritain Association Conference, 2010

"Secularism, Relativism and the Possibility of Christian Culture," A Secular Age Conference, Dublin City University, 2009.

"The Challenge of Cultural Relativism to Teaching Bioethics" European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare, University of Tubingen, 2009.

“The Transcendentals and Analytic Philosophy of Religion” American Philosophical Association, 2008

“Soul, Ethics…then Brain and Mind.” University of Colorado, Denver, 2008.

"MacIntyre's Epistemological Relativism and the Possibility of Human Flourishing." London Metropolitan University, 2007.

"On the Epistemic Possibility of Blasphemy, Heresy and Freedom of Speech." University of Central Florida, 2007.

"Teleology and Embryonic Personhood." American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, 2007.

"Why Recent Correspondence Theories Fail Religious Epistemology." American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, 2006.


Teleology, Embryonic Personhood, and Stem Cell Research" (Ethics and Medicine, 2011)
Platonism and Recent Correspondence Theories of Truth" (Southwest Philosophy Review, 2010)
Relativism: A Guide for the Perplexed (Continuum Press, 2008)
Relativism in Contemporary American Philosophy (Continuum Press, 2006)
Aristotle and Headless Clones (Theoretical Medicine & Bioethics, July 2005)
The Tao of Narnia (Narnia and Philosophy, Open Court Press, 2005)
Religious Epistemic Relativism and the Possibility of Religious Knowledge (Philosophia Christi, 2006)


Jane Mary Trau Zwerner Graduate Scholarship, University of Miami Department of Philosophy, 1998

Outstanding Teaching Assistant, University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, 2000


Church Membership & Activities

Daybreak Church, Carlsbad, CA


Community Service & Involvement

Member, American Philosophical Association


Interests & Hobbies



Personal Philosophy

"My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely in Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." (Paul to the Church at Colosse)