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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. Currently he is in the early stages of a book project, tentatively titled Being of Life: Human Animals, Mortality, and the Human/Nonhuman Divide.

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 2014).

Ontology After Carnap, edited + introduction with Sandra Lapointe (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014).

"The Lives of Human Animals," Southern Journal of Philosophy, Spindel Supplement, edited + introduction (forthcoming 2014).

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

"A New Argument for Animalism," Analysis 72 (2012): 685-90. pdf

"Death's Distinctive Harm," American Philosophical Quarterly 49 (2012): 317-30.

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Recent & Upcoming Presentations

The Lives of Human Animals, 32nd annual Spindel Conference (September 2013, conference director)

Liberty, Nature, and the Question of Human Dignity, Liberty Fund (April 2013, invited participant)

"Thinking Animals: Differences that Make a Difference and the Difference they Make," University of Memphis Institute for Intelligent Systems, Cognitive Science Seminar (November 2012)

"Thinkers, Brains, and Animals," Persons and their Brains, Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford (July 2012)

Contact Details
Assistant 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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