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2013-2014 Afternoons in Special Collections & Archives

2013-2014 Afternoons in Special Collections & Archives

2013-2014 Afternoons in Special Collections & Archives

WEDNESDAY, October 30, 2013 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

John Fischer

John Fischer "Would you choose to live forever?" 

John Fischer will discuss whether human beings would or should choose to live forever. 

John Martin Fischer received his BA and MA in Philosophy from Stanford University, and his PhD in Philosophy from Cornell University.  He was an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at Yale University from 1981-88. He joined UCR’s faculty in 1988, where he is a Distinguished Professor and past incumbent of the UC President's Chair.  He has served as Director of the University Honors Program for eight years and Chair of the Philosophy Department for five years.  Last spring he gave the Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecture at UCR.  He is the author of over one hundred and fifty published articles, the editor (or co-editor) of more than a dozen books, and the author or co-author of three monographs on free will and moral responsibility.  Oxford University Press has published three collections of his essays, with a fourth in press: My Way: Essays on Moral Responsibility, Our Stories: Essays on Life, Death, and Free Will, Deep Control: Essays on Free Will and Value, and Our Fate: Essays on God and Free Will

He is currently Project Leader for the Immortality Project at UCR, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Dr. Fischer describes himself as somewhere between being an “Immortality Curmudgeon” and an “Immortality Optimist.”

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