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This is our dog, Sprocket. Here you see him sitting in a patch of early-morning sunshine in our kitchen.

Fred Feldman
Professor
Philosophy
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

E-mail Address: ffeldman@philos.umass.edu

Office: 362 Bartlett Hall
Office Phone: (413) 545-4226
Fax: (413) 577-3800

Postal Address:
Philosophy Department
352 Bartlett Hall
University of Massachusetts
130 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003
-9269



Online Papers
(in .pdf, requires Adobe Reader; * indicates a recent addition)

Recent and Forthcoming

*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 (forthcoming in American Journal of Psychology)

*Brueckner and Fischer on the Evil of Death (Philosophical Studies on line June 23, 2011.)

Selected Journal Articles (see CV for complete list of publications)

Miscellaneous

  • 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)
  • Death, entry in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. E. Craig (Routledge, 1998)
  • 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.


Courses

Seminar for Spring, 2013:   Derek Parfit's On What Matters has received some truly over-the-top praise from critics. Thus, for example, Peter Singer described it as 'the most significant work in ethics since Sidgwick's masterpiece was published in 1873 . . . a work of epic proportions and ambitions'. And Mark Schroeder said that it is 'an epochal work . . . a remarkable achievement, giving us a truly comprehensive picture of the moral outlook --both normative and metaethical --of one of the greatest moral thinkers of our time.'

Among other things, Parfit tries to show that the best form of consequentialism is equivalent to the best form of Kantianism. As he sees it, the best form of consequentialism is some version of rule utilitarianism; and the best form of Kantianism is some version of the categorical imperative that says something about acting on maxims that you can consistently will be universal laws of nature. Each of these theories involves the idea of 'generalization in ethics' -- the morally right thing for you to do is the act that is required by a general rule that either would have very high utility if universally followed, or that you could consistently will be the rule for everyone to follow. Thus we might say that Parfit's thesis is that these two conceptions of generalization in ethics really boil down to the same thing.

But this immediately provokes a series of questions: is the Parfittian form of rule utilitarianism actually the best form of consequentialism? Why isn't it refuted by the standard objections to rule utilitarianism that we learned in Intro Ethics? Is the Parfittian form of Kantianism actually the best form of Kantianism? Why isn't it open to the objections and complaints that we learned in Ethical Theory? And, putting aside the question whether these normative theories are the best of their respective kinds, there remains the question whether Parfit is right in claiming that they are equivalent.

These are the questions we will discuss in Phil 760 during Spring, 2013.

  

 

 



Woodworking

Hepplewhite Lamp Stand

Dining Table

Coffee Tables

Kestrel Birdhouse

Hall Table

Sideboard Table

Butterfly Table

Mantel and Fireplace Surround

Candlestands, Footstool, and Pot

Newport Style Queen Anne Highboy

Jenn Air Stainless Steel Refrigerator

Woodshed

Pablo's Easel*

Book Rack

Wedding Chest (For more information about the Wedding Chest, go to:

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Hall Table #2

Alden's Bible Box (for more information about the Bible Box, go to:

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Barn Door Project Before

Barn Door Project After



Vehicles and Implements

1986 Harley-Davidson FXRT

1951 Ford 8n tractor with Dearborn bucket loader and Woods Billy Goat mower

Gravely tractors

Trailer

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 Sportster

Early '60's Velocette Venom Veeline Clubman

BMW R1100rt

Cordwood Saw

Wood Splitter



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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

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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