Sorry, preview is currently unavailable. Although I had never previously heard of Bard, I sent in my application. (1993) "Review of Confrontations with the Reaper by Fred Feldman", Philosophical Review 102: 416-418. When Jaegwon would be filling up the last remaining free section of the second blackboard, David would start erasing the first sections of the first blackboard so as to make them ready for the next component of the lecture. He closed the door – always an ominous sign. I managed to arrive safely at the UMass campus in Amherst. Alex Filippenko. 3. The business supported my family as well as the families of my uncles. He said that he wanted to discuss a matter that would be important to him, but probably not to me. The year earlier, Bruce had also recruited Ed Gettier away from Wayne State. I was impressed even before he began to speak. So he pulls off of Springfield Avenue and drives somewhat aimlessly around in Maplewood. (At the Oral Exam, one of the examiners said that he felt that my writing style was similar to G. E. Moore’s. Excerpts from Book Three of On the Nature of Things; B. The critics wanted me to explain precisely how I intend to determine the value for a person of his or her life. On abortion, from Fred Feldman's book Confrontations with the Reaper. I had a relentless terrible headache and fever. I worked obsessively on that project for many months. As I recall, there were only three graduate students and maybe six or seven faculty members. Would being careful around Ruthie be more important than being careful around any other department chair? Was that a good call? I was discussing this with my friend and teacher, Herb Heidelberger. 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. As any parent would be, I was shocked and dismayed. That seemed like an interesting idea, and so I accepted his offer. I can honestly say that I can die a happy man having had the chance to pause and witness so many moments of magic, at once fleeting and unforgettable. One main theme of that book is that there is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about the nature of happiness. I decided that I would attend a certain very highly regarded small college down near Philadelphia. Some were budding poets or novelists or photographers. I also thought that some components of the standard interpretation were off base. But what, precisely, is their logical form? Following Herb’s suggestion, I wrote to Bennett and asked him if it would be OK for me to come up to Amherst to discuss his paper with him. Critics would point out that my account of the evil of death makes essential use of the concept of welfare, or well-being, or the value of a life for the person who lives it. I was invited to come to Amherst for an on-campus interview. At first I was unsure, but as time passed the idea seemed more attractive. I hated the thought of another depressing failure right at the moment of retirement. And then, perhaps a bit prematurely, I did send the book to him. Evidently some members of the department preferred another candidate; it was not a slam dunk. The book for the course was Quine’s Methods of Logic. They raised all sorts of penetrating questions. After Owen left UMass for a job at Yale, our friendship continued. It was an important lively growing department. This line of thinking seemed to me to be preposterous. The students in the new seminar seemed to be very excited about the topics we discussed. Life, Death, and Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions. 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. Charles Amirkhanian interviews Morton Feldman and asks right at the top: Is your music Hermetic? How could this be possible? At the appointed moment, Chisholm would arrive. Fred’s Spring 2009 seminar is on “Weird Forms of Consequentialism”. (If so, the paper was published in Nous in 1967. Maybe the publisher will get a clue, but probably not. Follow them to stay up to date with their professional activities in philosophy, and browse their publications such as "Evidentialism", "Reasonable religious disagreements", and "Evidentialism, Higher-Order Evidence, and … That paper was “Some Puzzles about the Evil of Death”, which was published in The Philosophical Review in 1991. Eventually I wrote some papers in which I defended an informal system of deontic logic that had the capacity to express those sentences in a form that would preserve and clarify their logical structure. I'll call it a five-star book, but I think the price is more painful than 1 star, so I'll settle on a total of two stars.”. Teaching. (I assumed that the relevant life would be a life in which she doesn’t have a brain tumor, and doesn’t undergo extensive surgery and radiation; I assumed that it would be a life in which she enjoys pretty good health for seventy-five or eighty years.) After a long period of work, I wrote to Peter Momtchiloff (the philosophy editor at OUP) and told him that I had nearly completed a new book about distributive justice. First he would erase the troublesome parts of the original definition; then he would painstakingly write out a new version of the definition that would be intended to overcome the counterexample. I quickly completed a master’s thesis. 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 teenager, quotas and admissions, taking classes on Melville and Twain with Ralph Ellison, developing an interest in Plotinus, finding the right grad school, passing out in Jaegwon Kim’s logic class, Chisholming with Chisholm, getting into Leibniz, learning … I had so much to say that my presentation took up the whole two-hour class meeting. Eventually, they gave it up and encouraged us to take her home to die. She struggled with that for several years, but eventually told us that she could not bear the chemotherapy any longer. By: Al Weastherhead, Fred Feldman Published: April 25, 2008 Format: Hardcover, 192 pages ISBN-10: 1571745629 ISBN-13: 978-1571745620 Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Company "We face adversity every day. An additional benefit of a Conti Fellowship would be relevant in the case of an elderly applicant such as myself: winners were not required to return to teaching in the year following the year in which they held the fellowship. Fred Feldman. They could just retire. Phil Bricker, Brad Skow, Richard Feldman, Chris Heathwood, Kristian Olsen, Michael Zimmerman, and many other came forward to speak. See “Basic Intrinsic Value” for six marks of basic intrinsic value states. What were you like in high school? Recent Articles @ 1000-Word Philosophy. THE ROUTLEDGE COMPANION TO. Truly sad! He is also scheduled to receive an award for his extraordinary success as a teacher of philosophy graduate students. They agree to go out on a date. Ish Haji and Michael Zimmerman presented papers concerning the concept of moral responsibility. 35. When I tried to organize the papers we were reading into natural groups, I often found myself baffled. I was relieved to know that I could always call on Bob to give me guidance. Hard to say. 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. Part IV. I was amazed and delighted when, a few months later, I received the news that I had won the fellowship. Many of my closest colleagues in the department were gone. His handwriting was clear and beautiful – and he produced it at an extraordinary speed. Great place for us to stop, Fred. 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. Many of the humanities courses were heavily tilted toward Marx, Freud, Existentialism, and recent European cultural themes. I’m sorry. Accordingly, a seminar on distributive justice was held in the spring of 1994. 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. He wanted to move on to something new. I think you should do everything in your power to avoid writing like Moore.”). Postal Address: 187 Mid County Road Leyden MA 01337 Online Papers. He told me that the new Chairman at UMass – Bruce Aune – had been authorized to make several new appointments. I became obsessed with questions about the evil of death. When we got there, Steve quickly diagnosed some sort of viral meningitis. I suspect that my colleagues will react to this line of argument in pretty much the same way that they reacted to my arguments concerning act utilitarianism and hedonism. My family consisted of my mother and father, sister and brother, and maternal grandmother. I thought it would be a wonderful idea, though of course it would raise some practical problems. It sounds like the student became the teacher, pardon the cliché. In virtue of my very sketchy preparation, I was Number 42. He was slim, very fit, and remarkably good looking. He meets a lovely young lady at an upscale country club. At that time I was a beginning assistant professor at UMass. As Neil drives up out of Newark, he finds that he is slightly ahead of schedule. It often seemed to me that it would be a great achievement if I could come up with a counterexample that would be interesting enough to make Chisholm lean against the blackboard, then turn and erase something he had written, and then write something new. What did I think about the epistemology of identity statements? They were especially tough on me when I began – near the end of the semester – to present my own desertist theory of distributive justice. He specialized in epistemology at Rochester for many years. “Take some aspirins for your headache and fever; pull down the shades; get in bed; pull the covers over your head; wait.”  We went back to Ann Arbor and sure enough after a few days my symptoms began to fade and I was feeling somewhat better – except that I had lost a fair amount of weight and I felt as if my brain had been fried. He evidently told Chisholm that he had a student who might do well at Brown. Heidelberger, Kim, Sosa and other faculty members often made critical comments that called for extended discussion. 3.7 / … Fred Feldman There is a lively debate about the descriptive concept of happiness. A date was selected. Unfortunately, it was published in a fairly obscure place and received very little notice. It’s been fun! Herb mentioned to me that an interesting paper on this topic was soon to be published in The Journal of Philosophy. Fred Silverman attests to the quirks of inspiration in developing television programs: "I had always thought that kids in a haunted house would be a big hit, played for laughs, in animation. I found myself attracted to a “desertist” theory of justice. Jones ought to go to the aid of his neighbors. Fred Feldman is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. What would you say was the high point of your career? (Castaneda was Sleigh’s colleague at Wayne State.). Betrachtungen zur Rationalit t von Suizid Eine Untersuchung mit Argumenten aus Fred Feldmans Confrontations with the Reaper. 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. The topic of my dissertation was “some problems about identity”. I discussed my progress with Owen, and he gave me encouragement. As it turned out, it would not have made a difference. Ancient Reflections on the Badness of Death Epicurus. For a while they seemed to be doing reasonably well. Everyone agrees that justice is a profoundly important value. He had just left Brown and was starting his new job at UMass. “Letter to Menoeceus” and “The Principal Doctrines” Titus Lucretius Carus. I took it to be perfectly obvious that Lindsay’s premature death was a grievous harm to her. She had a big vegetable garden with all sorts of exotic plants including collards. Casey found my discussion unacceptable. A,TS,hj,TT,E . 161 records for Fred Feldman. I have directed about 35 dissertations. They expressed the hope that I would offer it again before I retired. I had taken only one previous course in logic. So I gave up the topic of identity and began to focus on problems that were more suitable to my capacities. Many of them went out of their way to assert that they have had very satisfying careers and that it is all due to my prompt replies to their emails. If Jones does not go to the aid of his neighbors, then he ought not to tell them he is coming. Olivier Massin - 2011 - Dissertation, Geneva. was published in 1984 and a great deal of contemporary moral philosophy can really be read as responding to Parfit’s core points and – perhaps even more so - his methodology. I found some of the ideas pretty hard to grasp. I was the baby of the department; all of these colleagues (aside from Michael) were older and wiser (Michael was wiser, but not older). Very late in the admissions season, my guidance counselor called me into his office. The third instance in which I engaged in zombie philosophy concerns desertism as a theory of justice. Again I was amazed. Download for print-disabled Israel by Fred Feldman, Fred … My father was a very smart guy. So instead of being the youngest member of the department surrounded by older and wiser friends I discovered that I was the oldest member of the department surrounded by new and younger colleagues. Morton Feldman interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music Series in San Francisco, January 30, 1986. “Where am I? I am still directing a couple of dissertations. Now he was trying philosophy. Descartes' MEDITATIONS. He was dressed in a very smart-looking suit; he was wearing a narrow striped silk necktie. I asked Vince to explain. I knew that I was in the vicinity of the fictional Arkham Massachusetts, the home of the equally fictional Miskatonic University. My immediate reaction was to write back to Dale and to tell him “Thanks, but no thanks”. On the other hand, it seemed to me that a form of attitudinal hedonism would be much more promising. Jaegwon was a wonderful teacher. Jubien and Skow had moved away. This revised formulation was presented in Doing the Best We Can and a bunch of papers. Death has long been a pre-occupation of philosophers, and this is especially so today. But now he felt that he had nothing more to say on that topic. I cannot recall that Jaegwon ever mentioned Darapti or Celarent in that class. Thanks for your time. I worked up lectures in which I presented and explained what I took to be the main objections. After class, I read something about Plotinus and found a book in which selections from his writings could be found. But since no other member of my department was prepared to be our nominee, I decided to take the risk involved in allowing myself to be nominated for a Conti Fellowship; I knew that if I were lucky enough to win, I could simply delay retirement by a year and then quit. I did not receive any financial aid. As a result of their objections, it became clear to me that my earlier presentations were confused and superficial. A list of many of her works appears at her Google Scholar Web page, including treatises on ethics, democracy, ethics without religion, and Kant. If there are good people and bad people in the group, then (so long as the totals are held constant) the outcome in which the good ones get the pleasure and the bad ones get the pain is just as good as the outcome in which the good ones get the pain and the bad ones get the pleasure. We lived on Harvard Avenue, near Oberlin, Rutgers, Wellesley, Bowdoin, and Yale. On campus there was a lovely pond as well as several interesting old buildings. Off to the west I could see rolling cornfields with the foothills of the Berkshires in the distance. A wonderful way to end my 46 year career at UMass. It was important that I stay in school, working my way toward a degree without interruption. As it happened, I already was interested in some questions in ethics. 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. Making use of this idea, I developed and defended desert-adjusted utilitarianism. But I did not want to stick with that university. Accordingly, the theory would be a direct competitor to an egalitarian theory according to which there is perfect justice if everyone has the same level of welfare. Awesome. Did you plan on going to college? What do you do in your spare time nowadays? Therefore, death cannot harm you at any time. Like Act Utilitarianism, it had been declared dead. They were very complicated. 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. r/philosophy newb here. Fred Feldman eBooks. There were some seriously heavy hitters out there. I guess that in a way I was still lost and adrift, and Ruth had given me my bearings. He would generally be able to deal with counterexamples without too much trouble. I misleadingly said that my idea was to “adjust utility for justice”. His research primarily focuses on normative ethics, metaethics, the nature of happiness, and justice. What was the point of saying it in the first place? Rich sailed through the UMass philosophy program. Seminars with Chisholm were unlike anything I had ever experienced. In those days we used blackboards and chalk, so I wrote: Ruth Marcus = Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Chicago. The seminar room would fill to overflowing before Chisholm’s arrival. Fred Feldman PH.D. '67 now retired and an avid biker, has been a senior executive, CEO and president of several small and large medical diagnostic and biotechnology companies. Brown offered me admission – but no financial aid. The Chairman of the Philosophy Department at Brown at that time was Vincent Tomas. 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. Feldman, it seems, has an affection for resurrecting what he calls “zombie” questions in philosophy. I now faced yet another quandary: I would be coming up for tenure soon, and I felt that I was intellectually disabled. Sometime near the end of our stay there, I became ill. 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. One day the instructor – Bill Lensing – mentioned Plotinus and said a few words in passing about him. We frequently discussed desert, and justice, and welfare and other topics of mutual interest. Then came the “Sleigh Ride”. When I first started thinking about desert-adjusted utilitarianism, I failed to appreciate an important distinction. 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 teenager, quotas and admissions, taking classes on Melville and Twain with Ralph Ellison, developing an interest in Plotinus, finding the right grad school, passing out in Jaegwon Kim’s logic class, Chisholming with Chisholm, getting into Leibniz, learning about the difference between the Chicago Circle and University of Chicago from Ruth Barcan Marcus, falling in love with Amherst on a motorcycle ride through the Massachusetts country side, shooting hoops in Michigan, getting so ill he thought his brain was cooked, his good friend Bob Sleigh nudging him into ethics, the premature death of his daughter, how this tragic event informed his thinking about death, and this led him to start working on well-being, the relationship between well-being, ethics, and psychology, building furniture, how his students have inspired him to write more about distributive justice, his decision to ‘retire’, fixing his antique house, and his beautiful retirement party... Hey Fred, thanks for doing this! Subsequently, I gave some talks on some things I found especially interesting in the book. Sleigh is an outstandingly personable, handsome, smart guy whose ancestors came over on the Mayflower. I also hoped that my proposed hedonistic theory of happiness would create a stir among philosophers. What do we mean when we say (using the word to express this descriptive concept) that a person is "happy"? They have published a remarkable number of good books and articles. 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. Read it now. I asked Prentice-Hall (later Pearson) to offer the book at a more reasonable price, but I was told that they need to keep the price on my book high, so that teachers will adopt cheaper new books. I quickly came to have some appreciation for at least one thing that Vince Tomas may have had in mind when he warned me to “be careful what you say to Ruthie”. I understand the problem to be this: so long as the total amount of utility enjoyed by a group is the same, it makes no difference which members of the group get the utility. I decided that I would go to graduate school to study classics. Charles Amirkhanian interviews Morton Feldman and asks right at the top: Is your music Hermetic? One day, perhaps in 2004, entirely out of the blue, I received an email from Dale Miller, who was then the book review editor of Utilitas. Home Phone: (413) 774-4092 Fax: (413) 577-3800. What was Chisholm like? So it is not entirely clear that my career has actually ended. I thought that maybe I should write the dissertation and he should direct. Interviews 2018. At the end of the paper he said that maybe there was nothing new in what he was saying; maybe Castaneda had said the same thing in one sentence in an earlier paper. Casey used to work with him periodically. Neuroscience of Optimal Performance. Some students at UMass were interested in the latter question and asked if we could have a graduate seminar on distributive justice. O'Shea J (2007) _Wilfrid Sellars: Naturalism with a Normative Turn_ (Cambridge, UK: Polity Press). I began to reflect more carefully on how best to formulate my view. Did this stuff appear anywhere? But in the end Bruce called to tell me that I would get an offer. What do you think of the psychological research on well-being? And [I] developed a show with Hanna-Barbera. By the end of the semester, I felt that I had made real progress. Jaegwon had amazing skills as a blackboard writer. Indeed, I struggled to take notes as fast as Jaegwon could fill up the blackboards. 13 likes. Chimpanzee Rights: The Philosophers' Brief. Dont give up listening until you find out why Fred Astaire danced so well, or why Beethoven wrote his C-sharp minor String Quartet; Feldman provides the answers! The chair of the department informed me that it was virtually certain that I would never receive any financial aid from them. I had given only a few talks in which I described the ideas that form the core of the argument. Using ‘O’ as an obligation operator, and using ‘G’ and ‘N’ to indicate Jones goes to the aid of his neighbors and Jones notifies them that he is coming and using ‘-->’ to indicate some sort of conditional connective, we might try to represent these four sentences as: But, as Chisholm pointed out, this will never do. Recent, unpublished, and other assorted papers Whereas previously I had always felt confused and uncertain about what I wanted to make of myself, after meeting Sleigh and hearing his talk all that confusion melted away. This pattern did not extend to all classes. Then I decided to offer a graduate seminar on happiness. Virtually all the graduate students would be there. 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. 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. Ellison was an extraordinarily impressive person. I assumed that if I were to win the fellowship, I could start with the presentations that I had worked up for the recent version of the justice seminar, and then rewrite them so as to make them constitute chapters for a book. But from time to time someone would come up with something unexpected and insightful. Great Death, Great Life: An Interview with Masao Abe. He replied by saying that he thought that they had a quota for Jews and that I probably had the misfortune of being ranked below enough other Jewish applicants to fill their quota. Ned also said that he would be willing to organize the whole thing. There would be a program of philosophy talks during a day in October, followed by a reception and a banquet at night. In those days UMass had an undeniably strong faculty. He arrived at UMass in the summer of 1970. David Benfield and Joe Camp were two older students who gave me encouragement and guidance. Animals & Ethics 101. I wrote back and said I would take a look at the Well-Being book. I was not at the University of Chicago; I was at Chicago Circle. I described those adjustments in a series of papers and in my Pleasure and the Good Life. She was a teacher for many years, the last twenty at a school for children with severe disabilities run by Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey. 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