Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, IAPDD postponed its 2020 conference until July 2021 (exact dates to be determined). It will be held at the same location planned for 2020: the Melbourne (Australia) campus of Deakin University. The conference program for 2020 will be carried over until 2021; the keynote addresses will be the same, and all papers accepted for 2020 will be included in the 2021 program.
In addition, though we intend to hold our 2021 event in person, we recognize that lingering effects of the pandemic may make in-person attendance difficult for many. Hence, we will also be making remote/online participation available for those who require it.
Finally, we hope to expand the program to include additional papers beyond those accepted for the 2020 meeting. Please use the form below to submit your abstract. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 1 March 2021.
Margaret Battin (Utah)
David Benatar (Cape Town)
Submission deadline: 1 March 2021 (Authors will be notified of decisions regarding the conference program by 15 April 2021.)
We invite submissions that address any philosophical question(s) related to death and dying. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- The Metaphysics of Death (e.g. the criterion of death; the nature of death’s harm; the subject and timing of the supposed harm of death; the asymmetry problem)
- Axiological Issues (e.g. death as a harm or a benefit)
- Emotions and Attitudes (the rationality of fear of death; the value of dwelling on mortality; courage in the face of death)
- Immortality (e.g. questions of the desirability and the possibility of immortality)
- Suicide (e.g. issues of autonomy, rationality, and morality)
- Dying (e.g. aging; dying well; facing death; the question of the need for completeness and closure)
- The Death of Others (e.g. the phenomenology and ontology of grief; the importance to us of future people)
- The Ethics of Killing (e.g. war, euthanasia, abortion, animals)
- Philosophical Implications of Death-Related Technologies (e.g. radical life extension; cryogenics)
- Social and Cultural Issues (e.g. death and dying in marginalized communities)
Abstracts should be no more than 500 words. Papers should be suitable for a 25-30 minute presentation. The Program Committee will consider only one abstract per author.