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blattiI am Associate Professor and Interim Chair 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

    AUGUST 2014: The proceedings from the 32nd annual Spindel Conference on "The Lives of Human Animals" are now in print. Get your copy of the 2014 Spindel Supplement to the Southern Journal of Philosophy here: >>>. Conference homepage here: >>>. Editor's Introduction here: >>>

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

    news / events

    JUNE 2015: "Of Retirement, Ontological and Otherwise," At the Speed of Thought: Celebrating the Work and Teaching of Paul F. Snowdon, University College London, UK. >>>

    MAY 2015: "Termination," The Philosophy and Theology of Immortality, University of Hull, UK. >>>

    MAY 2015: "Headhunters," Immortality Project Capstone Conference (Templeton Foundation), University of California, Riverside. >>>

    MARCH 2015: "Unresting Death," Time Bias and Future Planning Workshop, Vancouver, Canada. >>>
     

    links

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