Who wants to live forever? John Martin Fischer wouldn’t be opposed to it—as long as he’d have an easy exit if he changed his mind a million years down the line. It’s a question Fischer, a distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, has spent a long time pondering.
A leading philosopher of free will and moral responsibility, Fischer also studies issues related to death and immortality. He believes wondering about death is an essential aspect of being a “meaning-seeking being,” and that how we view death has significant implications for how we live our lives.