Call for Abstracts: Conference on Phil. of Death and Dying

I am informed that this conference welcomes papers from comparative or non-Western perspectives:

We invite all interested scholars to contribute to the program of the inaugural conference of the International Association for the Philosophy of Death of Dying. The conference will be held 20-22 November 2014 on the campus of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (east of Los Angeles, California).

Abstracts of 500-750 words should address philosophical questions related to death and dying, including but not limited to:

  • the metaphysics of death, including personal identity, criteria for declaring death, etc.
  • the possibility and/or desirability of immortality
  • death as a harm or benefit
  • death and life’s meaning
  • reactions to death and dying (e.g., grief, ars moriendi and the ‘good death’)
  • philosophical implications of death-related technologies (e.g., life extension, cryonics)
  • ethical controversies related to death (suicide, organ donation, etc.)
  • clinical and biomedical issues related to death and dying

Prospective presenters should plan for presentations of approximately 40 minutes.

KEYNOTE ADDRESSES: Amy Olberding, University of Oklahoma; John Martin Fischer, University of California-Riverside

Abstracts from scholars outside philosophy are welcome so long as they engage such philosophical issues. Abstracts are welcome from analytic, Continental, and other historical traditions. Abstracts should be submitted to Deadline for abstract submission: 31 March 2014.

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