Professor of Philosophy Adds Another Publication

By Elizabeth Romero, Student Intern at CHASS College Computing
April 20, 2009

John Martin Fischer, professor of Philosophy, has had his book "Our Stories: Essays on Life, Death, and Free Will" published by the Oxford University Press.

The 192 pages of "Our Stories" are a collection of essays dealing with the metaphysical issues pertaining to death, the meaning of life, and freedom of the will.  Fischer argues that death can be a bad thing for the individual who dies, claiming that the adversity can be devastating even for the individual who does not experience the misfortune. Amazon.com states about the book: "Fischer argues that we endow our lives with a certain distinctive kind of meaning--an irreducible narrative dimension of value--by exhibiting free will. Thus, in acting freely, we transform our lives so that our stories matter."

Fischer's main research interests lie in free will, moral responsibility, and the metaphysical and ethical issues pertaining to life and death. Fisher has published "Our Stories", "The Metaphysics of Free Will: An essay on Control"; "Responsibility and Control: A Theory of Moral Responsibility," with Mark Ravizza,; and "My Way: Essays on Moral Responsibility". Fischer's undergraduate courses introduce students to ethics, philosophy of law, theories of distributive justices, and philosophy of religion. His graduate teaching expands and focuses on his main research interests, teaching graduate students about free will, moral responsibility, and the metaphysics of death (and the meaning of life).

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