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November 25, 2015
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K. Behrendt


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Curriculum Vitae



Department of Philosophy 
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario
Canada N2L 3C5


2000        D.Phil., Philosophy, University of Oxford
1994        M.A., Philosophy, University of Ottawa
1992        Hons. B.A. summa cum laude, Philosophy, McMaster University


Subjects, Identity, and Objective Experience: The Neo-Kantian/Reductionist Debate
advisors: Derek Parfit, Paul Snowdon, Quassim Cassam
examiners: Galen Strawson, José Louis Bermúdez


2011-present   Associate Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University
2007-2011      Assistant Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University
2004-2005      Junior Research Associate and Tutor, New College, University of Oxford 
2001-2004      Lecturer, New College, University of Oxford
2000-2001      Lecturer, St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford
2000               Tutor, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
1997               Tutor, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford


Personal Identity, Self-Knowledge and Self-Consciousness, Death, Memory, Narrative


  • 'Narrative Aversion: Challenges for the Illness Narrative Advocate,' Journal of Philosophy and Medicine (forthcoming)
  • 'Learning to be Dead: Narrative and the Problem of Mortality,' in Immortality and the Philosophy of Death, Cholbi, ed. Rowman and Littlefield (forthcoming)
  • ‘The Senses of an Ending,’ in Narrative, Identity, and the Kierkegaardian Self, Lippitt and Stokes, eds. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015
  • 'Whole Lives and Good Deaths,' Metaphilosophy 45.3 (2014)
  • ‘Hirsch, Sebald, and the Uses and Limits of Postmemory,’ in The Memory Effect: The Remediation of Memory in Literature and Film, Ty and Kilbourn, eds. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2013
  • ‘Reasons to Live Versus Reasons Not to Die,’ Think 28.10 (2011)
  • ‘Scraping Down the Past: Memory and Amnesia in W.G. Sebald’s Anti-narrative,’ Philosophy and Literature 34.2 (2010)
  • ‘A Special Way of Being Afraid,’ Philosophical Psychology 23.5 (2010)
  • ‘Reasons to be Fearful: Strawson, Death, and Narrative,’ Philosophy: The Journal of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, vol. 60 (supplement: Narrative and Understanding Persons, Hutto, ed.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) 2007
  • ‘Impersonal Identity and Corrupting Concepts,’ Southern Journal of Philosophy 43 (2005)
  • ‘The New Neo-Kantian and Reductionist Debate,’ Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 84 (2003)
  • ‘Despair, Liberation, and Everyday Life,’ Richmond Journal of Philosophy 5 (2003)


  • Review of Ann Jurecic's Illness as Narrative, Medical Humanities, 39.1 (2013)
  • ‘Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald,’ The Literary Encyclopedia. Clark, ed. Web, 2009
  • ‘Corrupting Concepts,’ in Personhood: Workshop Papers of the Conference ‘Dimensions of Personhood’.  Ikäheimo, Kotkavirta, Laitinen and Lyyra, eds. Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä, 2004
  • ‘Derek Parfit,’ in The Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 262: British Philosophers 1800-2000.  Dematteis, Fosl, and McHenry, eds.  Detroit: Gale Group, 2002

  • 'Salvaging the Wreck: Rethinking Illness Narrative Advocacy' at: 5th Annual Medical Humanities Conference, Western Michigan University, USA 2015
  • ‘Narrative Aversion’ at: A Narrative Future for Healthcare, at King’s College London, UK 2013
  • ‘The Senses of an Ending: Whole Lives and Good Deaths,’ at Death: The Reality of an Idea, University of South Carolina, USA 2013
  • ‘Last Chapters and Good Deaths: the Question of Closure’ at: 2nd Annual Medical Humanities Conference, Western Michigan University, USA 2012
  • ‘The Consolation of an Ending’ at: Death: Its Meaning, Morality, and Metaphysics, Newcastle University, U.K. 2011
  • ‘Postamnesia and the Burden of Witness’ at: Memory, Mediation, Remediation, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada 2011
  • ‘Strawson, Sebald, and the Role of Memory for the Non-Narrative Self’ at: New Developments in Narratology, Tartu University, Estonia 2010    
  • ‘Scraping Down the Past’ at: Canadian Philosophical Association Congress, Carleton University, Canada 2009
  • ‘A Special Way of Being Afraid’ at: Canadian Philosophical Association Congress, Carleton University, Canada 2009
  • ‘Scraping Down the Past: Personal Memory and Collective Forgetting in the Works of W.G. Sebald’ at: W.G. Sebald: An International and Interdisciplinary Conference, University of East Anglia, U.K. 2008
  • ‘Fear of Death as Such’ at: Death: What It Is and Why It Matters, York University, U.K. 2008; and European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Utrecht University, Netherlands 2008
  • ‘Reasons to be Fearful: Strawson, Death and Narrative’ at: Narrative and Understanding Persons, University of Hertfordshire, U.K. 2005 
  • ‘A Special Way of Being Afraid: Death, Emotions, Others’ at: Emotions, Others and the Self, Åbo Akademi University, Finland 2005  
  • ‘Quasi-Memory, Fission, and the Holism of the Mental’ at: European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Lund University, Sweden 2005  
  • ‘Quasi-memory: Problems and Prospects’ at: 7th Internat. Conference on Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology, Heidelberg University, Germany 2004
  • ‘Corrupting Concepts’ at: Dimensions of Personhood, University of Jyväskylä, Finland 2004
  • ‘Impersonal Identity and Corrupting Concepts’ at: 5th Internat. Conference of German Society for Analytic Philosophy, Bielefeld University, Germany 2003
  • ‘Persons in the Reductionist and Neo-Kantian Accounts’ at: The Human Mind, Royal Irish Academy, Ireland 1998; and Mind, World and Knowledge, University of Reading, U.K. 1998; and Wolfson Philosophy Society, University of Oxford, U.K. 1997

  • ‘Respice Finem’ at: Wilfrid Laurier Philosophy Department Colloquium (work in progress presentation), Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada 2012
  • ‘Regarding the End’ at: Narrative, Identity and the Kierkegaardian Self, University of Hertfordshire, U.K. 2011 
  • ‘The Mind Blanks at the Glare: Fearing Death As Such’ at: Invited Speakers Series, Philosophy Department, Trent University, Canada 2009
  • ‘Reasons to be Fearful: Strawson, Death and Narrative’ at: Invited Speakers Series, Philosophy Department, McMaster University, Canada 2008    
  • ‘The New Neo-Kantian/Reductionist Debate’ at: Invited Speakers Series, Philosophy Department, McMaster University, Canada 2000
  • Commentator, ‘Dennett on the Split Brain’ by Roland Puccetti at: Canadian Philosophical Association Congress, Carleton University, Canada 1993

Member of the International Association for the Philosophy of Death and Dying