Professor Timmerman's main research interests are in ethics, death, and epistemology. He primarily focuses on the actualism/possibilism debate in normative ethics, deprivationism and axiological questions in the death literature, and global poverty and animal welfare in applied ethics. In epistemology, he has worked on the lottery paradox and peer disagreement. Recent publications on death include Your Death Might Be the Worst Thing Ever to Happen to You (But Maybe You Shouldn't Care) in the Canadian Journal of Philosophy (2016) and Reconsidering Categorical Desire Views in Rowman & Littlefield's Immortality and the Philosophy of Death (2016). Recent publications on global poverty include Sometimes There is Nothing Wrong with Letting a Child Drown in Analysis (2015) and a review of Peter Singer's The Most Good You Can Do (2016) in the Philosophical Quarterly. Recent publications on the actualism/possibilism debate include Does Scrupulous Securitism Stand-Up to Scrutiny? in Philosophical Studies (2015) and the forthcoming Moral Obligations: Actualist, Possibilist or Hybridist? in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, which is co-authored with Yishai Cohen.
- Ph.D. in Philosophy, Syracuse University
- M.A. in Philosophy, Syracuse University
- M.A. in Political Science, Arizona State University
- B.S. in Political Science and B.A. in Philosophy, Arizona State University
- Co-recipient (with Ben Bradley and Kirsten Egerstrom) of $93,849 Immortality Project Grant for our project Death, Rational Emotion, and Meaningfulness
- Executive Committee member of the International Association for the Philosophy of Death and Dying (IAPDD)
- Recipient of $2,500 MCLI learning grant to develop a Medical and Bioethics course