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blattiI am an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis. Also, I serve as Director of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, and I am an affiliate faculty member of the Institute of Intelligent Systems.

My primary area of research is metaphysics–specifically, the animalist theory of personal identity–though my work in this area extends to related topics in philosophical psychology (e.g., animal cognition), in philosophy of biology (e.g., nature of organic life, dynamic systems), in ontology (e.g., material constitution, metaontology), and at the intersection of metaphysics and ethics (e.g., death, animal studies).signature

  • research

    MAY 2014: A small paper on James Stacey Taylor's Death, Posthumous Harm, and Bioethics (Routledge 2012) is forthcoming in the Journal of Medical Ethics. The title is "Mortal Harm and the Antemortem Experience of Death." >>>

    APRIL 2014: My entry on animalism in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is now online. >>>

    SEPTEMBER 2013: The 32nd annual Spindel Conference took place at the University of Memphis on 26-28 September 2013. This year's theme was "The Lives of Human Animals". >>>

    news

    MAY 2014: Thanks to a generous grant from the Templeton Foundation ("Immortality Project"), I will be on research leave in 2014-15 working on my book project, Being of Life: Human Animals, Mortality, and the Human/Nonhuman Divide. >>>

    APRIL 2014: I've been appointed Director of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities. >>>

    JANUARY 2014: I've been tenured and promoted to Associate Professor of Philosophy (effective August 2014).

     

    links

    - Univ. of Memphis Philosophy >>>
    - Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities >>>
    - Institute for Intelligent Systems >>>
    - Southern Journal of Philosophy >>>
    - PhilPapers profile >>>
    - Academia.edu profile >>>