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  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • M.A., University of California, Irvine
  • M.A.R., Yale University
  • B.A., Biola University

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Mark Makin is a philosopher specializing in contemporary metaphysics and epistemology, with a deep appreciation for the history of philosophy. His research focuses on the nature of explanation in metaphysics and its applications. In his free time, Mark enjoys playing jazz saxophone, indulging in Jane Austen film adaptations, rooting for the New York Giants and exploring America’s national parks. 


  • American Philosophical Association


“God from God: The Essential Dependence Model of Eternal Generation” Religious Studies (forthcoming)



  • “God from God: The Essential Dependence Model of Eternal Generation” The Metaphysics of the Trinity: New Directions Conference, University of Oxford (March 2016), Society of Christian Philosophers, Pacific Meeting (March 2016)
  • “Rigid/Generic Grounding and Transitivity” American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division (December 2014) Harvard-MIT Graduate Philosophy Conference (April 2014) Invited Department Colloquium, Pepperdine University (March 2014)
  • “Testimony and Faith in Newman’s Oxford University Sermons” The Thought of John Henry Neman, Lumen Christi Institute Summer Seminar, University of Oxford (July 2014)
  • “Ontological Dependence Grounds Grounding” Yale-UConn Graduate Philosophy Conference (May 2013) American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division (March 2013)
  • “Theoretical Belief and Assertoric Assent in the First Critique” Southern California Epistemology Workshop (March 2012)
  • “Safety and Lotteries” Southern California Epistemology Workshop (June 2011) American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division (April 2010)
  • “Thomson’s Turn, Dual Process Theories of Moral Judgment, and the Epistemic Status of Ethical Intuitions” University of Toronto Graduate Conference in Philosophy (May 2009)
  • “What’s So Bad about Transworld Manipulability?” Society of Christian Philosophers, Eastern Meeting (March 2009)
  • “The Exclusion Argument Unmotivated” University of Texas Austin Graduate Philosophy Conference (April 2007) Intermountain West Student Philosophy Conference (March 2007) Society of Christian Philosophers, Pacific Meeting (February 2007)

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