Fred Feldman's Website*
last updated: August 2017
UMass Home Page
*As a result of various problems with computers, it has become impossible for me to keep this website up to date. Unfortunately, some files that should be here are missing; others are out of date. I have tried to make the needed repairs, but so far without much luck. Sorry.
This is our dog, Sprocket. Here you see him sitting in a patch of early-morning
sunshine in our kitchen.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Home Phone: (413) 774-4092
Fax: (413) 577-3800
187 Mid County
Road Leyden MA 01337
Recent, unpublished, and other assorted papers
The Naturalistic Fallacy: What It Is and What It Isn't (forthcoming in CUP anthology on the naturalistic fallacy)
Targeting Welfare (Presented at Princeton Workshop on Well-Being, May 11, 2013)
True and Useful: On the Structure of A Two Level Normative Theory (Utilitas June 2012)
What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do (Presented at New Jersey Regional Philosophical Association, November 2011)
Review of Douglas Kenrick Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life (American Journal of Psychology)
Brueckner and Fischer on the Evil of Death (Philosophical Studies on line June 23, 2011.)
What we Learn from the Experience Machine (The Cambridge Companion to Robert Nozick's "Anarchy, State, and Utopia" ed. by John Meadowcroft and Ralf Bader, Cambridge University Press, 2011)
Death and the Disintegration of Personality (The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Death , co-edited by Ben Bradley, Fred Feldman, and Jens Johansson. Oxford University Press .)
Happiness: Empirical Research: Philosophical Conclusions (from RoME I conference)
Satisfaction Concepts of Happiness, (Theoria 74,3 September 2008: 219-238. )
Happiness and Subjective Desire Satisfaction:
Wayne Davis's Theory of Happiness, Hommage a Wlodek -- A Festschrift for Wlodek Rabinowicz.
The Open Question Argument: What it Isn't;
and What it Is, Philosophical Issues 15, 2005, Normativity, 22-43.
Utility, the Objection from Impracticality, and the Move to Expected
Utility, Philosophical Studies 129, 1 (May, 2006): 49-
Selected Journal Articles (see CV
for complete list of publications)
- Counterparts, The Journal of Philosophy 68 (1971): 406-409.
- On the Intrinsic Value of Pleasures, Ethics 107 (1997): 448-466.
Good Life: A Defense of Attitudinal Hedonism, Philosophy and
Phenomenological Research 65 (2002): 604-628.
- Adjusting Utility for Justice, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 55 (1995): 567-585.
Intrinsic Value, Philosophical Studies 99 (2000): 319-346.
- Desert: Reconsideration of Some Received Wisdom, Mind 104 (1995): 63-77.
- Some Puzzles About the Evil of Death, The Philosophical Review 100 (1991): 205-227.
- The Termination Thesis, Midwest Studies in Philosophy 24 (2000): 98-115.
- Obligations - Absolute, Conditioned, and Conditional, Philosophia 12 (1983): 257-272.
- The Principle of Moral Harmony, The Journal of Philosophy 77 (1980): 166-179.
- Epistemic Appraisal and the Cartesian Circle, Philosophical Studies 27 (1975): 37-55.
- Kripke on the Identity Theory, The Journal of Philosophy 71 ( l974): 665-677.
- Sortal Predicates, Noûs 7 (l973): 268-282.
- Hyperventilating About Intrinsic Value, The Journal of Ethics 2 (1998): 339-354.
study of Unger, Living High and Letting Die, Noûs 32 (1998):
of Hare, Moral Thinking, Philosophy and
Phenomenological Research 44 (1983): 131-135.
of Mackie, Ethics, The
Philosophical Review 88 (1979): 134-137.
- Abstract of Pleasure and the Good Life:
On the Nature, Varieties, and Plausibility of Hedonism (Oxford: Oxford
University Press, 2004)
(available from OUP's website, Amazon.com,
and many other places)
entry in the Routledge
Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. E. Craig (Routledge,
- My Banquet Address for the Chisholm Memorial Conference, Brown University, November 10-12, 2000.
- Logic and Ethics, entry in the Encyclopedia of Ethics, 2nd edition, eds. L. Becker and C. Becker (New York: Routledge, 2001), pp. 1011-1017.
is Philosophy?, chapter from Fred Feldman, A Cartesian
Introduction to Philosophy (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1986).
- Playing God: A Problem for Physician
Some Things That Happened; Recent and Not-so-recent
I was honored to have been awarded the Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship in the spring of 2013. As a result of winning this fellowship, during AY 2013/14 I enjoyed the year off from teaching. At the end of my tenure as a Conti Fellow, I retired on June 1, 2014. I am still directing some dissertations.
During the time when I had the Conti Fellowship, I completed the manuscript of a new book. The title is Distributive Justice: Getting What We Deserve from Our Country. In this book I present criticism of other popular theories of distributive justice -- egalitarian, Rawlsian, sufficientist, prioritarian, libertarian, and others -- and then go on to present and defend my own theory. It is (as the title suggests) a version of the idea that justice is done when people receive the benefits and burdens that they deserve from their countries. The book was published in the UK on July 14, 2016; in the US on September 14, 2016. The OUP advertisement can be seen here:
You can see an abstract of the book here:
I was invited to participate in an interview about the book on the New Books Network. The interview took place late in January 2017. You can listen to it by going to the New Books Network or you can get it here:
I was also invited to participate in an "Author Meets Critics" session at the Eastern Division APA meeting that will take place in January 2018 in Savannah. Critics will be Stephen Kershnar and Jeff Moriarty.
I was invited to submit a sort of academic autobiography for publication on a website. After quite a lot of back and forth, I agreed to do it. The resulting document can be seen here:
During November and December of 2016 I devoted a lot of time to an attempt to restore an antique apple cider press. I have attached an incomplete document that describes this project. Check below under "woodworking". It's the last link there. Or, if you prefer, you can see it here.
Hepplewhite Lamp Stand
Mantel and Fireplace Surround
Footstool, and Pot
Newport Style Queen Anne Highboy
Jenn Air Stainless Steel
Chest (A wedding gift for Elizabeth and Carl)
Hall Table #2
Alden's Bible Box (for more information about the Bible Box, go to:
Barn Door Project Before
Barn Door Project After
Woodpile Sculpture 2016
Cider Press Restoration Project
Vehicles and Implements
*1986 Harley-Davidson FXRT
1951 Ford 8n tractor with Dearborn bucket
loader and Woods Billy Goat mower
Simplicity snow blower
*2002 Ford Ranger
*2002 Ford Ranger after Ice Storm of December 2008
*1936 Chevy Pickup
*1952 Dodge half-ton pickup
*"Liberty Edition" 1100 cc. Harley-Davidson
*Early '60's Velocette
Venom Veeline Clubman
*Gravely 1336 Walk Behind Mower
Ferris FW25 Mower
2013 Toyota Tacoma pickup
(Items marked with an asterisk are no longer in my collection.)
Grampa and Alden (January, 2010)
Elizabeth and Charger (circa 1986)
The Feldman Brothers (August, circa 2001)
Pippin Takes a Break (June 2004)
Fred (October 2004)
The Old Carpenter Tavern (Fred's home) (June 2005)
Tavern in Winter
Daylilies Behind Barn Project