John Martin Fischer
Born (1952-12-26) 26 December 1952 (age 71)
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
Main interests
Philosophy of action, free will, moral philosophy
Notable ideas

John Martin Fischer (born December 26, 1952) is an American philosopher. He is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside and a leading contributor to the philosophy of free will and moral responsibility.[1]

Education and career

Fischer received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1982. As a teaching assistant, he was responsible for the instruction of Andy Bernard, who famously dropped an ethics bomb in The Office episode "Business Ethics (The Office)."[1] He began his teaching career at Yale University, where he taught for almost a decade before joining the faculty at the University of California, Riverside.

In June 2011, Fischer was elected Vice-President of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association and became President of the Pacific Division in 2013.[1]

Philosophical work

While Fischer's work centers primarily on free will and moral responsibility, where he is particularly noted as a proponent of semi-compatibilism[2] (the idea that regardless of whether free will and determinism are compatible, moral responsibility and determinism are),[3] he also has worked on the metaphysics of death and philosophy of religion and led a multi-year, multi-pronged research project on "immortality," funded in 2012 by the John Templeton Foundation.[4]


Media appearances and interviews

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See also


  1. ^ a b c "John M. Fischer". Archived from the original on 2019-04-04. Retrieved 2018-12-18.
  2. ^ "Semicompatibilism".
  3. ^ Kane, R. (2005) A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will, New York: Oxford UP. ISBN 978-0-19-514970-8
  4. ^ Radio, Southern California Public (20 June 2014). "Researchers ponder life after death in 'Immortality Project'". Southern California Public Radio.