Trevor Teitel



Assistant Professor


St. George,

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  • PhD, New York University
  • BPhil, Oxford University
  • BA, University of Toronto
Professor Teitel’s main research interests are in metaphysics, including related topics in the philosophy of physics and the philosophy of science. More information about his work can be found on his website.

Research Interests:



  • “Contingent Existence and the Reduction of Modality to Essence,” Mind (2019), 128(509): 39-68.
  • “Background Independence: Lessons for Further Decades of Dispute,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics (2019), 65: 41-54.
  • “Holes in Spacetime: Some Neglected Essentials,” Journal of Philosophy (2019), 116(7): 353-89.
  • “A Puzzle about Rates of Change” (with David Builes), Philosophical Studies (2020), 177(10): 3155-69.
  • “What Theoretical Equivalence Could Not Be,” Philosophical Studies (2021), 178(12): 4119-49.
  • “How to Be a Spacetime Substantivalist,” Journal of Philosophy (forthcoming).
  • “Lawful Persistence” (with David Builes), Philosophical Perspectives (forthcoming).



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