portrait of Timothy H Pickavance

Timothy H Pickavance

Chair, Department of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology

Associate Professor of Philosophy

  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A., Biola University
  • B.S., University of North Texas

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Timothy Pickavance is broadly interested in the core areas of analytic philosophy, though he specializes in metaphysics. After completing his M.A. in Philosophy here at Talbot, he found himself in Austin at the University of Texas, where he earned his Ph.D. in 2008. He is thrilled to be a part of Biola and Talbot, contributing to the development of Christian philosophers who want to impact our culture in various venues, from academia to their churches to their personal friendships.


  • American Philosophical Association
  • Evangelical Philosophical Society



  • The Atlas of Reality: A Complete Guide to Metaphysics (with Robert C. Koons, Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming, 2016)
  • Metaphysics: The Fundamentals, with Robert C. Koons (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015)


  • Wagering on Pragmatic Encroachment’ (with Daniel Eaton), Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion (Oxford, forthcoming)
  • ‘Evidence Against Pragmatic Encroachment’ (with Daniel Eaton), Philosophical Studies 172.12 (forthcoming)
  • ‘Bare Particulars and Exemplification’, American Philosophical Quarterly 51.2 (2014)
  • ‘Skeptics Can Win (But Almost Never Will)’, Philosophical Papers 40.3 (2011)
  • ‘In Defense of “Partially Clad” Bare Particulars’, Australasian Journal of Philosophy 89.1 (2009)
  • ‘Properties of Identity and Trivial Indiscernibility’, Southwest Philosophy Review 25.1 (2009)
  • ‘The Farewell to Leibnizian Essences Matured’, Philosophia Christi 6.1 (2004)
  • ‘Bare Particulars and Individuation’ (with J. P. Moreland), Australasian Journal of Philosophy 81.1 (2003)
  • The Natural View of Properties of Identity', in Robert Garcia (ed.), Substance (Philosophia Verlag, forthcoming)
  • ‘The Voice of God in Historical Biblical Criticism' (with Jason McMartin), in Oliver Crisp & Fred Sanders (eds.), The Voice of God in Text of Scripture (Zondervan, forthcoming 2016)


  • January 2016: `The Voice of God in Historical Biblical Criticism' (with Jason McMartin), Los Angeles Theology Conference
  • November 2015: `The New Factivity Problem for Contextualism' (with Trevor Nyman), Leuven Epistemology Conference: Epistemic Norms, KU Leuven
  • November 2013: `Conciliationism Really Does Entail Religious Skepticism', EPS Annual Meeting
  • March 2013: `Wagering on Pragmatic Encroachment' (with Daniel Eaton), Workshop on Religious Epistemology, Contextualism, and Pragmatic Encroachment, University of Oxford
  • November 2012: `Wagering on Interest Relative Invariantism' (with Daniel Eaton), EPS Annual Meeting
  • November 2009: `A New(ish?) Argument Against Humeanism', EPS Annual Meeting
  • February 2009: `Trivializing Naturalness', Central APA
  • November 2008: `Properties of Iden
  • April 2016: `Making Pascal's Wager Epistemic', Torrey Lecture, Biola University
  • December 2015: `Wagering on Pragmatic Encroachment', Wake Forest University
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