John Martin Fischer

John Martin FischerCourtesy UC Riverside

John Martin Fischer is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, where he has served as Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Director of the University Honors Program, and has held a UC President’s Chair (2006–2010). He was recently appointed University Professor in the University of California system, the first philosopher to hold that position, and was from 2012 to 2015 the Project Leader of the Immortality Project, a $5.1 million dollar grant sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation.

He has published widely on topics such as free will, moral responsibility, ethics, death, and immortality. Most of these papers can be found online here. Fischer is the author or co-author of three books: The Metaphysics of Free Will: An Essay on ControlResponsibility and Control: A Theory of Moral Responsibility; and Four Views on Free Will. Oxford University Press has published four collections of his essays: My Way: Essays on Moral ResponsibilityOur Stories: Essays on Life, Death, and Free Will; Deep Control: Essays on Free Will and Values; and, most recently, Our Fate: Essays on God and Free Will.