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(p. ix) Contributors

(p. ix) Contributors

Christopher Belshaw is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University. His other work on death includes 10 Good Questions about Life and Death (Blackwell 2005) and Annihilation: The Sense and Significance of Death (Acumen 2009), as well as a number of book chapters and journal articles. He has also written on environmental philosophy and is working now on a book on animals.

Lars Bergström is Emeritus Professor of Practical Philosophy at Stockholm University, where he also defended his doctoral dissertation The Alternatives and Consequences of Actions in 1966. Between 1974 and 1987 he was Professor of Practical Philosophy at Uppsala University and he is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. His main areas of interest are moral philosophy, philosophy of science, and the philosophy of W. V. Quine.

Ben Bradley is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University. He is the author of Well-Being and Death (Oxford University Press 2009), “When Is Death Bad for the One Who Dies?” (Nous 2004), “How Bad Is Death?” (Canadian Journal of Philosophy 2006), “The Worst Time to Die” (Ethics 2008), “Fischer on Death and Unexperienced Evils” (Philosophical Studies, forthcoming), and “Death and Desires” (with Kris McDaniel, to appear in The Metaphysics and Ethics of Death, Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

John Broome is White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. His books include Weighing Goods: Equality, Uncertainty and Time (Blackwell 1991), Weighing Lives (Oxford University Press 2004), and Ethics Out of Economics (Cambridge University Press, 1999). He now works on rationality and reasoning, and also on the morality of climate change.

Kai Draper is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Delaware. He is author of “Rights and the Doctrine of Doing and Allowing” (Philosophy and Public Affairs 2004), “Disappointment, Sadness, and Death” (Philosophical Review 1999), and a variety of other articles in moral philosophy and epistemology.

Fred Feldman is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he has been teaching since 1969. He has long been fascinated by philosophical problems about the nature and value of death. He is author of Confrontations with the Reaper: A Philosophical Study of the Nature and Value of Death (Oxford University Press, 1992), Pleasure and the Good Life: On the Nature, (p. x) Varieties, and Plausibility of Hedonism (Oxford University Press, 2004), What Is This Thing Called Happiness? (Oxford University Press, 2010), several other books, and more than seventy-five papers in professional journals.

John Martin Fischer is Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, where he has held a University of California President’s Chair (2006‒2010). He has written on various topics in philosophy, including free will and moral responsibility. He has published papers on the metaphysical and ethical dimensions of death, and he is the editor of The Metaphysics of Death (Stanford University Press, 1993). His collection Our Stories (Oxford University Press, 2007) includes papers on death, immortality, and the meaning of life.

Cody Gilmore is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of “Time Travel, Coinciding Objects, and Persistence” (Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, vol. 3, 2007), “Defining ‘Dead’ in terms of ‘Lives’ and ‘Dies’” (Philosophia 2007), “Parts of Propositions” (in Shieva Kleinschmidt, ed., Mereology and Location (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), “Slots in Universals” (Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, vol. 8, forthcoming), and other papers in metaphysics.

Matthew Hanser is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His papers on killing and harm include “Harming Future People” (Philosophy and Public Affairs, 1990), “Why Are Killing and Letting Die Wrong?” (Philosophy and Public Affairs, 1995), “The Metaphysics of Harm” (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 2008), and “Harming and Procreating” (M. Roberts and D. Wasserman, eds., Harming Future Persons, Springer 2009).

Jens Johansson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is the author of several journal articles about the philosophy of death and related issues, including “Non-Reductionism and Special Concern” (Australasian Journal of Philosophy 2007), “Kaufman’s Response to Lucretius” (Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 2008), “Parfit on Fission” (Philosophical Studies 2010), and “Past and Future Non-Existence” (forthcoming in The Journal of Ethics).

F. M. Kamm is Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, and Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Harvard University. She is the author of Creation and Abortion (Oxford University Press, 1992), Morality, Mortality, vols. 1 and 2 (Oxford University Press, 1993, 1996), Intricate Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2007), Ethics for Enemies: Terror, Torture, and War (Oxford University Press, 2011), and numerous articles on normative ethical theory and on practical ethics.

Steven Luper chairs the philosophy department at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. His books include The Philosophy of Death (Cambridge University Press 2009) and Invulnerability: On Securing Happiness (Open Court 1996), and he is presently editing the Cambridge Companion to Life and Death (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). Among his essays are “Annihilation” (Philosophical (p. xi) Quarterly 1985), “The Absurdity of Life” (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 1992), “Exhausting Life” (Journal of Ethics: An International Philosophical Review, forthcoming), and “Adaptation,” to appear in The Metaphysics and Ethics of Death (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

Don Marquis is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kansas. He is the author of a widely reprinted and widely discussed essay on the ethics of abortion that was published in 1989. He has written a number of essays on the ethics of abortion since that time.

Gareth B. Matthews was Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts. He wrote books and articles on ancient and medieval philosophy, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of childhood, including Socratic Perplexity and the Nature of Philosophy (Oxford University Press 1999) and The Philosophy of Childhood (Harvard University Press 1994).

Phillip Mitsis is A. S. Onassis Professor of Hellenic Culture and Civilization at New York University and Academic Director of the American Institute of Verdi Studies. He has published on Greek epic and tragedy, and on the history of ancient and early modern philosophy. His writings on Epicurus include The Pleasures of Invulnerability: Epicurus’ Ethical Theory (1988).

Alastair Norcross is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado. He has written many articles on consequentialist moral theory and various topics in applied ethics, including “Puppies, Pigs, and People: Eating Meat and Marginal Cases” (Philosophical Perspectives 2004), “Animal Experimentation” (Oxford Handbook of Bioethics 2007), and “Good and Bad Actions” (Philosophical Review 1997).

Eric T. Olson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of The Human Animal: Personal Identity without Psychology (Oxford University Press 1997) and What Are We? A Study in Personal Ontology (Oxford University Press 2007) as well as many articles on the nature and persistence of human people.

Connie S. Rosati is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona. Her research mainly addresses issues about personal good, moral motivation, and the nature and objectivity of law. She is the author of “Persons, Perspectives, and Full Information Accounts of the Good” (Ethics 1995), “Personal Good” (Metaethics after Moore, edited by Terry Horgan and Mark Timmons, 2006), “Objectivism and Relational Good” (Social Philosophy and Policy 2008), and “Some Puzzles about the Objectivity of Law” (Law and Philosophy 2004). She is currently working on a book about personal good.

Theodore Sider is Frederick J. Whiton Chair of Philosophy at Cornell University. He is the author of Four-Dimensionalism, Riddles of Existence (with Earl Conee), Logic for Philosophy, and Writing the Book of the World.

Roy Sorensen continues to cheat Death as Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis. Professor Sorensen is the author of six books: Blindspots (p. xii) (Oxford University Press/Clarendon Press, 1988), Thought Experiments (Oxford University Press, 1992) and Pseudo-Problems (Routledge, 1993), Vagueness and Contradiction, (Oxford University Press, 2001), A Brief History of the Paradox (Oxford University Press, 2003), and Seeing Dark Things (Oxford, 2008). He is currently taking his time completing a short book entitled A Brief History of Nothing.

Torbjörn Tännsjö is Kristian Claëson Professor of Practical Philosophy at Stockholm University. He has published extensively in moral philosophy, political philosophy, and bioethics. He is presently working on a book with the preliminary title: Thou Shalt Sometimes Murder: An Inquiry into the Ethics of Killing.

Dean Zimmerman is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He is editor or coeditor of several books, including an ongoing series, Oxford Studies in Metaphysics and The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics, to which he contributed a chapter on materialism and persons. Zimmerman is author of “The Compatibility of Materialism and Survival: The ‘Jumping Elevator’ Model” (Faith and Philosophy 1999), along with numerous other articles in metaphysics and philosophy of religion.