Justin Sytsma

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Associate Professor School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations


Teaching in 2019


Justin Sytsma is a lecturer in the philosophy programme at Victoria University. Before coming to Wellington, he was an assistant professor at East Tennessee State University, after receiving his PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010.

More information can be found on Justin's personal website.

Research areas

Justin’s research focuses on issues in philosophy of psychology and philosophy of mind. As a practitioner of experimental philosophy, Justin’s research into these areas often involves the use of empirical methods.

Selected publications


  • Advances in Experimental Philosophy of Mind (Bloomsbury, 2014)


  • 'Revisiting the Valence Account', Philosophical Topics (forthcoming)
  • 'The Robots of the Dawn of Experimental Philosophy of Mind', in E. Machery and E. O’Neill (eds), Current Controversies in Experimental Philosophy (Routledge, 2014).
  • 'Hallucinating Pain', with K. Reuter and D. Phillips, in J. Sytsma (ed), Advances in Experimental Philosophy of Mind (Bloomsbury, 2014)
  • 'God Knows (but does God believe?)', with D. Murray and J. Livengood, Philosophical Studies (2013)
  • 'Two Types of Typicality: Rethinking the Role of Statistical Typicality in Ordinary Causal Attributions', with J. Livengood and D. Rose, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (2012)
  • 'The Two Sources of Moral Standing', with E. Machery, Review of Philosophy and Psychology (2012)


Teaching in 2019