I thought about this suggestion. I had to describe the project that I would pursue during the year of my fellowship. Later in my first year I was informed that I would receive the United States Steel Foundation Fellowship. Clearly, it was hopeless. Author of A Cartesian Introduction to Philosophy, The power of adversity, Israel, Introductory ethics, Freedom River, Jed Smith, Palestine and the Arabs' fight for liberation, ... , Fred Feldman. I was so excited that I promptly set to work seeing if I could actually produce something like the book I had promised. I started thinking seriously about act utilitarianism in connection with my teaching of Phil 160 – Introduction to Ethics. I was seriously exhausted. Eventually, they gave it up and encouraged us to take her home to die. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. In other words, when so formulated, the sentences entail a serious conflict of obligation. (In the end, as I recall, I managed to get a passing grade in the course.). Perhaps this interview will renew interest in it! For 1a and 2a seem to entail ON, and 3a and 4a seem to entail O~N. When I signed up for Jaegwon’s class, I assumed that we would be getting a little deeper into similar material. I had written some things about Leibniz in my dissertation. Confrontations with the Reaper: A Philosophical Study of the Nature and Value of Death - Kindle edition by Feldman, Fred. The level of excited anticipation was evident. Ever since my days at Brown, I had been aware of a very tricky puzzle that Chisholm had posed concerning the logic of obligation (in his ‘Contrary to Duty Imperatives and Deontic Logic’, Analysis 24 [1963]: 33-36). The book for the course was Quine’s Methods of Logic. Fred Feldman (1992). In those days, in keeping with my commitment to Bruce, I was trying to specialize in modern history. Lots of interesting questions were raised at those talks, but one in particular seemed to keep coming up. Introduction to Ethics In the world today, “we are in the throes of a giant ethical leap that is essen-tially embracing all of humankind” (Donahue, 1996, p. 484). We had lots of long phone conversations and email exchanges in which Ned told me that quite a few of my former students and old friends were very enthusiastic about attending a retirement party. - Volume 52 Issue 4 - David Makinson Find Fred Feldman's phone number, address, and email on Spokeo, the leading online directory for contact information. Heidelberger, Robison, and Matthews had died. Maybe the publisher will get a clue, but probably not. Many classes at that college were organized as small seminars. My department had nominated me for this fellowship several times in the past, and I had been told that my nominations were very strong – but I was always a bridesmaid and never the bride. I agreed to write a paper on the naturalistic fallacy for a proposed collection. The Chairman of the Philosophy Department at Brown at that time was Vincent Tomas. Doing the best we can. What was the point of saying it in the first place? In this interview, he discusses the Springfield Avenue riots, his siblings, including his brother, Richard Feldman, who is also a philosopher, being a smart ass Fred Feldman, “Distributive Justice: Getting What We Deserve from Our Country” (Oxford UP, 2016) The philosopher (and 1972 presidential candidate) John Hospers once … Sometime near the end of our stay there, I became ill. At that time, my wife Lois and I had just purchased a seriously decrepit 1823 house in Moore’s Corner – a tiny village located a few miles north of Amherst. There would be a program of philosophy talks during a day in October, followed by a reception and a banquet at night. He wanted to work on theories of desert. We still freeze in cold weather.). Later, my mother came down with a form of leukemia. Actually, the idea was to adjust utility for desert. Just recently he was recognized as one of the 25 most important epistemologists in the English-speaking world. In several cases I was drawn to an idea, or a theory, that had been declared dead. He specialized in epistemology at Rochester for many years. That seemed like an interesting idea, and so I accepted his offer. (1993) "Review of Confrontations with the Reaper by Fred Feldman", Philosophical Review 102: 416-418. of the mind, and related fields. But then a few years later she came down with leukemia – presumably a result of the long course of fruitless radiation. At some time during my years at Brown, in connection with one of my courses, I was trying to write a paper about Aristotelian essentialism. Then I decided to offer a graduate seminar on happiness. They could just retire. PHILOSOPHY 309 FALL 2013 Course Description: This course is an introduction to contemporary issues in bioethics. Death cannot harm you after you have died, since at such times you no longer exist and cannot suffer any harms. For me, this period was a sort of “Golden Age”. As Neil drives up out of Newark, he finds that he is slightly ahead of schedule. See “Basic Intrinsic Value” for six marks of basic intrinsic value states. In my forthcoming Distributive Justice: Getting What We Deserve from Our Country I formulate what I take to be a suitable form of desertism and I show that when understood in this way, the theory is untouched by the Rawlsian objections. Now we would be colleagues. None of these satisfactorily captured the ideas intended by the original sentences, since none of them preserved the consistency and independence of the originals. I was delighted when I learned that the book was selling well. I thought, however, that most of the objections could easily be avoided by some modest adjustments. It’s been fun! Nick and Trish White had a basketball hoop set up on the garage of their house. What do you think of the psychological research on well-being? In spite of the fact that I felt utterly unwelcome in that philosophy department, I enjoyed some of the things we were asked to read. I was tremendously impressed by the extraordinary quality of the faculty; I was delighted by the energy and sophistication of my fellow students; the classes were thrilling. Since retiring she has become a regular volunteer at the school and a member of the Board of Trustees. He had done his dissertation just a few years earlier with Chisholm. Again, they evidently thought that it would be better to allow the dead to rest in peace. Once I got talking, I found it difficult to stop. I was discussing this with my friend and teacher, Herb Heidelberger. It is currently ranked around 5,000,000 on Amazon and is rarely cited. Eventually it sunk in. I also felt that the value for a person of an episode of pleasure should be enhanced or mitigated in light of the extent to which the agent deserved to take pleasure in the object involved. $22.00: $3.23: Paperback $7.18 14 Used from $3.23 1 New from $22.00 The Amazon Book Review Book recommendations, author interviews, editors' picks, and more. Eventually the surgeons relented. It was not clear to me that there would be any point in having another somewhat similar party. Olivier Massin - 2013 - In Denis Fisette & Guillaume Fréchette (eds. Indeed, I struggled to take notes as fast as Jaegwon could fill up the blackboards. Ellison was an extraordinarily impressive person. I am forever grateful for the wisdom and love I've encountered in the meandering journey of doing these conversations. Green anarchism is an anarchist school of thought that puts a particular emphasis on environmental issues.A green anarchist theory is normally one that extends anarchism beyond a critique of human interactions and includes a critique of the interactions between humans and non-humans as well. There was lively, intelligent, perceptive commentary and criticism after each paper. Owen tried to convince me that it would still be a good idea for me to cap off my career with the writing of this book, even if it were to be another failure in the marketplace. In many cases, after some discussion and suggestions from other students, Chisholm would turn to the blackboard. Amazingly, the surgery was entirely successful. I maintained that our fundamental obligation as of a time is to behave as we do in the best of the worlds then accessible to us. Reasons and Persons. Did your colleagues throw you a retirement party? Only a small handful of people had anything nice to say about desertism. That was a puzzling remark. I said that I was opposed. My ideas about the logical form of obligation sentences were eventually published in my Doing the Best We Can: An Essay in Informal Deontic Logic. Accordingly, I put together a graduate seminar on the evil of death in 1989 or 1990. The answers take us on a whirlwind tour of this composers opinions, philosophy, criticisms, recollections and observations. Neuroscientist, Stanford [ Video] [ Episode] Click to Play on YouTube. Subsequently, he had joined the faculty at Wayne State University. Seminars with Chisholm were unlike anything I had ever experienced. 4. It’s a great department. I try to build furniture that looks something like pieces that were made in rural New England in the late 1700s. Assuming that a good person deserves pleasure and not pain, a unit of pleasure enjoyed by such a person would have a greater desert adjusted value. He told me that the new Chairman at UMass – Bruce Aune – had been authorized to make several new appointments. My immediate reaction was to write back to Dale and to tell him “Thanks, but no thanks”. Fred Feldman eBooks. But Vince just laughed me off – “You’ll see when you get there.”  Not long after that, I traveled out to Chicago for my interview. Furthermore, none of them seems to entail any other. You can see a list of these people in my CV, which is also posted on my website. His father has been a deep-sea fisherman up in Alaska for many years. I taught a course on Leibniz in Michigan. By contributing a few hundred dollars to a charity like UNICEF, a prosperous person can ensure that fewer poor children die, and that more will live reasonably long, worthwhile lives. But I didn’t get far before there was a hearty laugh from Ruth, who was seated in the middle of the front row. So two of Wayne State’s brightest stars had been lured away to UMass. I decided that I would go to graduate school to study classics. Though most of these were already on the handout, he would sometimes write them again on the blackboard. The prospect of a job at UMass was very exciting, and I was prepared to devote myself to teaching and writing about topics in the history of modern philosophy. Aside from one very supportive and encouraging faculty member – Gerald MacCallum – no one there seemed to notice that I was present. My colleagues at that time included several dear friends (Herb, Gary, Ed, Michael, and Vere, for examples) as well Bob Sleigh. Köp böcker av Fred Feldman: Confrontations with the Reaper; What Is This Thing Called Happiness? The program for the philosophy talks can be seen here. In each case, it seemed to me that it would be possible to revise the formulation of act utilitarianism so as to overcome the objection. Assuming that a bad person does not deserve pleasure, a unit of pleasure enjoyed by such a person would have a lower desert adjusted value. Since I had arrived a bit early for my appointment with Bennett, I took some time to wander around the campus. Then he passed the bar and got himself ready to set up a legal practice. “Letter to Menoeceus” and “The Principal Doctrines” Titus Lucretius Carus. I managed to arrive safely at the UMass campus in Amherst. I recall a course in American literature taught by Ralph Ellison. Chisholm also wrote on the blackboard, but his efforts did not have the calligraphic elegance of Kim’s. David Benfield and Joe Camp were two older students who gave me encouragement and guidance. Dale wanted to know if I would be interested in reviewing the Kahneman, Diener, and Schwarz anthology Well-Being: The Foundations of Hedonic Psychology. Esperanza Guisán (23 April 1940 – 27 November 2015) was a Spanish moral and political philosopher.She was a professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela.Her work was devoted mainly to classical utilitarian theory. The guidance counselor agreed that I was in a pickle, but he thought there might be a way out. It seemed to me that many of the newer students had philosophical interests and perspectives that were not entirely in tune with mine. Jaegwon would start at one end of one of the blackboards and write out virtually everything he was saying – the whole lecture would be on the blackboard. As a result, when the book comes out, it will probably seem very strange to those who have been working in the field for many years. His topic was very narrow and very interesting; his exposition was lucid; his style of presentation was deliberate, clear, amusing, and full of self-deprecatory humor. He would be my guiding star. 3.7 / … The chair of the department informed me that it was virtually certain that I would never receive any financial aid from them. This would be a theory according to which the level of distributive justice in a country would be determined by the extent to which citizens were receiving the goods that they deserved. In that course we talked about the differences among Barbara, Darapti, Celarent and the other medieval forms of syllogism. I was attracted to a view of that sort. She was then (and still is) about four years older than I am. I hoped that the arguments I presented on this topic would provoke a lot of interest among psychologists. Great place for us to stop, Fred. anthropology, and raises puzzles in ontology, the philosophy. Time went by with no further news. mehr auf GEDANKEN & INTERVIEW!! So I was facing the question: what makes a person’s life go well for her? What on earth were you going to do with that combination of specialties? With an enormous grin and a twinkle in her eyes, she interrupted my muddled yakking to ask “Young man, do you have any idea where you are?”  I was perplexed. … I had claimed that distributive justice obtains in a country if citizens receive certain benefits according to their desert of those benefits. He had just left Brown and was starting his new job at UMass. Joe asked how I felt about the idea of having a retirement party. The radiation did not have any effect on the tumor. I struggled to keep up with my better prepared classmates. I also wrote some papers (one that was published in the Philosophical Review) on historical topics. First published in 2008 2 editions — 1 previewable Check Availability. Sorry, preview is currently unavailable. I can still recall the time when Ellison was talking about the passage in Moby Dick where Ishmael wakes up to find himself in bed with Queequeg. I was impressed even before he began to speak. This happened first in the case of act utilitarianism. Throughout my childhood, my family lived at 7 Harvard Avenue in Maplewood New Jersey. Like Act Utilitarianism, it had been declared dead. They were very complicated. But what, precisely, is their logical form? I was not the only new recruit. After all, as I saw it, he was a master of the relevant material and I was barely struggling to keep up. I suspect that they thought I was just an amateur trying to invade their turf. My daughter Elizabeth talked about how the department seemed to her when she was a child (Ted Sider and Ned Markosian figured prominently in her memories). 35. The semantics for this theory involved certain assumptions: that there are possible worlds; that these worlds can be ranked for some relevant sort of value; that worlds are accessible to agents at times; that obligation statements must be relativized to times. That really knocked me over. On one occasion – perhaps as a result of too little sleep the night before – I passed out in the classroom. My old friend and former student Ned Markosian began to encourage me to reconsider. On Pleasures. Sometimes during the fall of 1968 Ruth and I would have lunch together at some concrete picnic tables--everything at Chicago Circle was made of concrete--that were down near ground level under the towers. There were 38 numbered sentences in the paper as well as a variety of carefully formulated principles concerning de re and de dicto occurrences of singular terms in sentences that start with epistemic operators. After looking at the book, I decided that I would accept the invitation to review it for Utilitas. Ayn Rand and the Philosophy of Objectivism. There were a few nice reviews in some philosophy journals, and a very amusing long article in a Greek newsmagazine. I was unable to think about any other philosophical topic. In that story, Roth tells about the adventures of Neil Klugman -- a young man recently back from a tour in the army. I accepted an offer of admission to the Philosophy Department and shortly after our college graduation, together with my new wife – Lois – I headed off to the Midwest where I would begin my studies in that huge Midwestern university. It was an important lively growing department. I have directed about 35 dissertations. Then not too long after that he called again to tell me that he was thinking of going to graduate school in philosophy. When I tried to organize the papers we were reading into natural groups, I often found myself baffled. By John Riddell: Fred Feldman, a widely respected socialist activist and long-time leader of the U.S. Socialist Workers Party, died August 25, 2018.An accomplished and influential writer, Fred had fallen silent in recent years due to ill health. As it turned out, it would not have made a difference. I tried to imagine the value for her of the life she would have lived if she had not died at age sixteen. The campus was nestled at the north end of Amherst, opposite to Amherst College, which was embedded in the town just to the south of the common. He closed the door – always an ominous sign. Then when Sleigh began to talk I was even more bowled over. Buy Fred Feldman eBooks to read online or download in PDF or ePub on your PC, tablet or mobile device. That surprised me even more. At several points in the paper he departed from his text to admit that he was still somewhat uncertain about some of the claims he was making in the paper. Among the guests where people who came from Australia, Scotland, western Canada, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Alabama, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Michigan. These were the objections deriving from the notion (in Rawls’s words) that utilitarianism “does not take seriously the distinction between persons”. Surely I said far too much about a topic that was of only marginal interest to the others in the class. Many of my classmates were majoring in dance or drama. 2, 2009 Against Desert as a Forward-Looking Concept PETER CELELLO ABSTRACT Fred Feldman and, more recently, David Schmidts have challenged the standard view that a person's desert is based strictly on past and present facts about him. Community Profile for fred_feldman . With Owen’s help, the justice seminar went well. He was confident that they would admit me. He gave me a big and (as I understood it) knowing smile. Animals & Ethics 101. I sketched and hinted at the theory in a couple of places, but it needed further thought. Herb felt that there might be a chance that I could get a job at UMass if I could convince Bruce that I would fit the criteria for the position. I guess a few people read it (or parts of it) but it fell largely “dead born from the presses”. Ancient Reflections on the Badness of Death Epicurus. The papers and comments were all given by people whose dissertations I had directed. I felt somewhat adrift. After the seminar, I worked up other papers. Sometime in 1972, he invited me to come to Ann Arbor as a visiting assistant professor for a semester. I suspect that there were tears in my eyes as I said goodbye to these people who have meant so much to me during my long tenure at UMass. Casey found my discussion unacceptable. It was intended as a criticism. Supernovae & the Expanding Universe. Finally I agreed. That’s intense, man. I was thrilled. As I tried to prepare for meetings of the seminar, I often found that I was unable to understand the essay or chapter that I had assigned. We also hired Michael Jubien from Chicago Circle. They have published a remarkable number of good books and articles. Owen’s insight seemed to me to be astonishing. Mirror images of the original definitions could sometimes be seen on the back of Chisholm’s suitcoat; those had been picked up while he had been resting against the blackboard. He insisted that I would have to present some clear and persuasive rationale for my notion that these are the deserts that are relevant to political economic justice. And then he raised the idea of coming to UMass to study philosophy in my department. I agreed to “move over” so as to get out of his way. I was shocked. On these occasions, Chisholm would lean back on the blackboard as he engaged in back-and-forth with the critic. He was slim, very fit, and remarkably good looking. I wrote back and said I would take a look at the Well-Being book. That paper was “Some Puzzles about the Evil of Death”, which was published in The Philosophical Review in 1991. Maybe a new high point every time one of my students passes the final oral exam for the PhD. As before, I started out as the lowest ranked student in the program. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, March 2016. Buddhist-Christian Studies 17:79-88 (1997) Abstract This article has no associated abstract. I needed an example of an identity sentence to illustrate some of the points I would be making. It was an exciting time for me. Fred Feldman is an American philosopher who specializes in ethical theory. I recalled how enjoyable the earlier seminar had been. Enter the email address you signed up with and we'll email you a reset link. After the publication of Confrontations I received quite a few invitations to give talks at other departments and at various conferences. At that time I was a beginning assistant professor at UMass. He was a doctor. He said that he thought that I would be a perfect fit at Brown. Betrachtungen zur Rationalit t von Suizid Eine Untersuchung mit Argumenten aus Fred Feldmans Confrontations with the Reaper. Fred Feldman. Did you plan on going to college? Heidelberger, Kim, Sosa and other faculty members often made critical comments that called for extended discussion. The first edition of that book has remained in print since 1978. If instructors were to adopt my book, students would buy used copies and neither Prentice-Hall nor I would make any money. One day my friend and idol Bob Sleigh came into my office at UMass. Fred Silverman (1937-2020) served as the programming head at all three major broadcast networks— ABC, CBS, and NBC. Sometime during the ‘80s, a personal problem eclipsed everything. The conference was very well attended. But since I knew very little Latin or Greek (there were no courses in ancient languages at Bard), I was not admitted to any classics department. What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? What do we mean when we say (using the word to express this descriptive concept) that a person is "happy"? Maybe he meant to warn me that I would be dealing with person who is (as they say) “larger than life”; filled with charisma and wit; instantly ready with a laugh and a joke. This is apparently equivalent to the question about individual welfare, or “well-being”. His handwriting was clear and beautiful – and he produced it at an extraordinary speed. 161 records for Fred Feldman. As a result of their objections, it became clear to me that my earlier presentations were confused and superficial. The old Epicurean argument is well known: death cannot harm you while you still live, for it has not yet come. Great Death, Great Life: An Interview with Masao Abe. Subsequently, I gave some talks on some things I found especially interesting in the book. zus.19 23.4.17: Die AfD bestimmt beim "Parteitag" in Köln ein "Spitzenduo" zur Bundestagswahl: den Altnazi Gauland und die junge "wirtschaftsliberale" Hetzmaschine Alice Weidel. I vaguely sketched what these benefits might be, and I asserted that these are the ones that bear on distributive justice. Sometimes they turned to mush after Ruth exposed them to a few minutes of questioning. Lisa Feldman Barrett. I had no interest in such a project, and so I declined their invitations. For reasons that I cannot now recall, I chose to create a major that was some mixture of classics, economics, ancient religion, art, and various other topics. The surgeons at Children’s Hospital in Boston felt that it would be too dangerous to try to remove it. I felt that it would be pretty easy to put together a new version of the seminar; so I agreed and the seminar was scheduled for the spring of 2012. It would be my first attempt to lecture in a classroom on a philosophical topic. I was delighted to hear this, since Moore had become one of my favorites. If the accident had not occurred she would lived until 2035. No matter how hard I tried, I would never convert myself into a twin of Robert Sleigh. As I recall, there were only three graduate students and maybe six or seven faculty members. 2001b1A2coverv05b.jpg. I was wrong. However, going all the way back to the time of Confrontations, I had been troubled by a family of objections to utilitarianism. What would you say was the high point of your career? What did I think about the epistemology of identity statements? Then there were more such talks. The resulting manuscript was accepted for publication by Prentice-Hall and was subsequently published. Charles Amirkhanian interviews Morton Feldman and asks right at the top: Is your music Hermetic? He went on about how smart I am and how stupid he is; about how I could be a great success at virtually anything, while he was at best a one trick pony. It still sells a few copies each year in spite of the fact that the catalogue price has now risen to $144.80. 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