Timothy Cleveland


Timothy Cleveland received his Ph.D. in philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University in 1986 and joined the Department of Philosophy at New Mexico State University in 1987. In 2002, he was presented the Donald C. Roush award for teaching. He served as Department Head from 2002 to 2010. He is the author of Trying Without Willing: An Essay in the Philosophy of Mind (1997) as well as articles on the philosophy of action, philosophy of logic, and metaphysics. His philosophical works also include essays for popular audiences on C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia and on the music of the rock band U2. In 2012, he received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New Mexico State University. Among his current work is a novel, Logic and My Sins.



  – Trying Without Willing: An Essay in the Philosophy of Mind (Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing Company, 1997). (For a review see Abe Roth, Philosophical Review, October 2000, 109(4): 621-624.)



– “Was Classical Logic Sunk in Aristotle’s Sea Battle?” Southwest Philosophical Studies (2005) Vol. 27: 28-34.

– “What You Don’t Know You Can Feel it Somehow:Knowledge, Feeling, and Revelation in U2,” in U2 and Philosophy, ed. Mark Wrathall. (Open Court, 2006).

– “Different Worlds, Different Bodies: Personal Identity in Narnia” in The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy, ed.                 Gregory Bassham and Jerry Walls. (Open Court, October 2005).

– “Critical Study of Universals and Property Instances: The Alphabet of Being, by John Bacon,” Philosophia (May 2002) Vol. 29, Nos, 1-4: 437-444.

“On the Very Idea of Degrees of Truth,”Australasian Journal of Philosophy (June 1997) Vol. 75, No. 2: 218-221.

– “A Refutation of Pure Conjecture,” Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 28 (1997): 55-81.

– “The Irony of Contingency and Solidarity,” Philosophy 70 (April 1995): 217-241.

– “Critical Review: José Benardete’s The Logical Approach to Metaphysics,” Philosophia (January 1993) Vol. 22, Nos. 1-2:  173-193.

– “Trying Without Willing,” Australasian Journal of Philosophy (Sept. 1992) Vol. 70, No. 3: 324-342.

“Is Davidson a Volitionist in Spite of Himself?” The Southern Journal of Philosophy (1991) Vol. XXIX, No. 2: 181-193.

– (with Paul T. Sagal) “Bold Hypotheses: The Bolder the Better?” Ratio (1989) Vol. II, No. 2: 109-121.

“Natural Kinds, Physical Actions, and Psychological Essentialism,” The Southern Journal of Philosophy (1989) Vol. XXVII, No 2: 205-213.

– “Trying and Mental Causation.”


Book Reviews

– Roman Altshuler & Michael J. Sigrist (ed.). Time and the Philosophy of Action, in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (December 2016)

– Alison Laywine. Kant’s Early Metaphysics. Philosophia, vol. 29, Nos. 1-4: 449-454. (May 2002)

– Review of Bacon, Philosophia (May 2002), V. 29, #1-4

– Jan Dejnozka. The Ontology of the Analytic Tradition and its Origins. Philosophia, vol. 28, Nos. 1-4: 531-537 (June 2001)

– Quentin Smith & Nathan Oaklander. Time, Change, and Freedom. Philosophia, vol. 28, 1-4: 543-555. (June 2001)

– Jennifer Trusted. Physics and Metaphysics. Philosophia, vol. 28, 1-4: 543-555. (June 2001)

– Eddy Zemach. Types. Philosophia, vol. 25, Nos. 1-4: 461-465. (April 1997)

Critical Study of Benardete, Philosophia (January 1993) V. 22, #1-2_