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Stephan Blatti

Professor Blatti joined the department in 2008. He received his D.Phil and B.Phil from Oxford University and his BA from Ohio State University. Before coming to Memphis, he held appointments at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has served as Editor of the Southern Journal of Philosophy and Managing Editor of the Journal of the History of Philosophy.

Blatti’s primary area of research is metaphysics—specifically, the problem of personal identity—though his work 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). His work has appeared in such journals as American Philosophical Quarterly, Analysis, Philosophical Psychology, and the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. He recently received a Templeton Foundation Grant that will support a period of research leave during the 2014-15 academic year.

Blatti serves as Director of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, and he is an affiliate faculty member of the Institute for Intelligent Systems.

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Recent & Forthcoming Publications

Essays on Animalism: Persons, Animals, and Identity, edited + introduction with Paul Snowdon (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

Ontology After Carnap, edited + introduction with Sandra Lapointe (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

The Spindel Supplement (“The Lives of Human Animals”), The Southern Journal of Philosophy 52 (2014), edited + introduction.

"Animalism," Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2014 edition), ed. Ed Zalta.

"Mortal Harm and the Antemortem Experience of Death," Journal of Medical Ethics 40 (2014): 640-42.

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Recent & Upcoming Presentations

"Unresting Death," The Philosophy and Theology of Immortality, University of Hull, England (May 2015).

"The Dying Animal," Templeton Foundation (Immortality Project Capstone Conference), University of California, Riverside (May 2015).

"TBA," Time Bias and Future Planning Workshop, Vancouver, Canada (March 2015).

"The Dying Animal," Mississippi State University, Department of Philosophy (November 2014).

Contact Details
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Office: 127 Clement Hall
Phone: 901-678-4289
Fax: 901-678-4365
Email: blatti<at>memphis<dot>edu
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