Fred Feldman (philosopher)

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Fred Feldman
Born1941 (age 76–77)
EducationBrown University (Ph.D.)
InstitutionsUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst
Main interests
ethical theory

Fred Feldman (born Newark, New Jersey, 1941) is an American philosopher who specializes in ethical theory.


Fred Feldman received his PhD degree in philosophy from Brown University, where he studied under Roderick Chisholm. His doctoral dissertation concerned the metaphysics of identity. He is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he spent almost his entire academic career.[1]

His books include Doing the Best We Can (Kluwer, 1986), Confrontations with the Reaper (Oxford, 1992), Pleasure and the Good Life (Oxford, 2004), and What is this thing called happiness? (Oxford, 2010). He has written a number of journal articles on metaphysics, deontic logic, theory of intrinsic value, theory of personal welfare, hedonist philosophy, morally right action, and death. He received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for Spring 2008 to work on a new book on happiness.

His younger brother, Richard Feldman, is professor of philosophy, former Dean of the College in Arts, Sciences and Engineering, and Interim President at the University of Rochester.

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