The Immortality Project’s Capstone Conference will be held at the Culver Center in downtown Riverside, CA, from Thursday, May 28, 2015 – Saturday, May 30, 2015.Register
New Essay Prizes
Philosophers from California and Connecticut honored for articles about the meaning of life, mind uploadingRead more
UK Immortality Conference
One of our grantees, Stephen Burwood, will be hosting a conference called The Philosophy of Theology and Immortality on May 21-23. The conference will be held at the University of Hull. Click below for more details.Read more
Younger Scholars Workshop
The Immortality Project is pleased to announce a Younger Scholars Workshop sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. It will take place on May 23-27, 2015, on the campus of the University of California, Riverside.
The workshop will include presentations by John Martin Fischer (UCR), Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin (UCR), Andrew Bailey (Yale/National University of Singapore), Justin Coates (University of Houston), and Patrick Todd (University of Edinburgh), and Heinrik Hellwig (UCR).
John Fischer on Philosophy Talk
Project Leader John Fischer was recently the featured guest on popular radio show Philosophy Talk. He discussed the lure of immortality. You can listen to Fischer's episode of Philosophy Talk here. Fischer also participated in a live chat on Philosophy Talk's website. You can read the chat transcript here.Read more
Who Wants to Live Forever? A Short Video on The Immortality Project
Questions about personal immortality are central existential concerns that know no geographical or cultural bounds.
Such questions include:
- whether and in what form(s) persons survive or could survive bodily death
- whether and to what extent persons’ beliefs about immortality influence their behavior, attitudes, and character
- why and how persons are (at least pre-reflectively) disposed to believe in post-mortem survival
- whether it is in some sense irrational to desire immortality
- and more besides.
Recently the scientific, philosophical and theological communities have paid serious attention to these themes. Interest in these issues is reflected in the popular press as well. Such interest in the project themes inside and outside the academy signals the present time as an auspicious one to launch a unified, organized, and open-minded project that will
(1) stimulate research from across the disciplines in attempt to make progress on these themes
(2) disseminate this research to an especially receptive public.
As project leader, John Martin Fischer, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Riverside, seeks to foster such progress primarily by issuing requests for research proposals to fund scientific, philosophical, and theological projects that advance understanding of immortality and belief in immortality, and of how each of these is relevant to the way we live our lives at present.
In addition, the project will include public events and popular-level publications, including essay prizes, aimed at raising awareness of ways in which this topic can be understood and further investigated through careful empirical, philosophical, and theological means. A translation component is intended to provide German-language scholars with more resources for investigating some of the issues above.