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Charles Taliaferro

Charles Taliaferro Professor of Philosophy St. Olaf College  +1.507.786.3662 taliafer@stolaf.edu webpage Charles Taliaferro, Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at St. Olaf College. He is the author, co-author or editor of over 25 books, including the six volume The History of Evil (Routledge) co-edited with Chad Meister. He…

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Jeffrey Hanson

Jeffrey Hanson Senior Philosopher Harvard University +617.945.1857 Hanson, Jeffrey A <jhanson@fas.harvard.edu> webpage Dr. Jeffrey Hanson is a senior philosopher for the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University. He is the editor of Kierkegaard as Phenomenologist: An Experiment (Northwestern University Press) and co-editor with Michael R. Kelly of Michel Henry: The Affects of Thought (Bloomsbury). His first…

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Joshua Seachris

Joshua Seachris Program Director, Center for Philosophy of Religion Adjunct Professor of Philosophy University of Notre Dame +1.574.631.5377 jseachris@nd.edu Dr. Joshua Seachris is the author of articles on a range of topics, including the problem of evil, Confucius and virtue, the meaning of life, and death. He is the editor of Exploring the Meaning of…

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Joshua Hicks

Joshua Hicks Associate Professor of Psychology Texas A&M University +1.979.845.2097 joshua.hicks@tamu.edu webpage Dr. Joshua Hicks’ research aims to understand how people answer the “big” questions in life and how people’s answers to those questions influence their attitudes and behavior. His lab formulates and tests a wide range of hypotheses related to many types of existential concerns…

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Frank Martela
Frank Martela

Frank Martela Post-Doctoral researcher Aalto University, Finland +358 50 5707916 frank.martela@gmail.com webpage Dr. Frank Martela, Ph.D., is a rare expert of both the philosophy and psychology of meaning in life, with publications in key journals in both fields (e.g. Southern Journal of Philosophy and Journal of Positive Psychology). Currently a post-doctoral researcher at Aalto University, Finland, he…

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Samantha Heintzelman

Samantha Heintzelman Assistant Professor of Psychology Rutgers University – Newark +1.973.353.3953 Samantha Heinzelmann webpage Samantha Heintzelman is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. Prior to this she received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri and completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Virginia. Dr. Heintzelman’s primary research focuses…

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Michael F Steger
Michael Steger

Michael Steger Professor of Psychology Director, Center for Meaning and Purpose Colorado State University (970) 491-7324 Michael.F.Steger@colostate.edu webpage Michael F. Steger, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology, and the Founding Director of the Center for Meaning and Purpose at Colorado State University. He earned his doctorate with specializations in Counseling Psychology and Personality Psychology from the…

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Crystal Park

Crystal Park Professor of Psychology University of Connecticut +1.860.486.3520  crystal.park@uconn.edu webpage Dr. Crystal Park’s research focuses on multiple aspects of coping with stressful events, particularly focusing on the roles of meaning and meaning making in the context of traumatic events and life-threatening illnesses. Meaning-related topics of particular interest include religious/spiritual beliefs and religious coping, the phenomenon of…

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Roy Baumeister

Roy Baumeister Professor of Psychology University of Queensland r.baumeister@uq.edu.au webpage Dr. Roy F. Baumeister is one of the world’s most prolific and influential psychologists. He has published well over 500 scientific articles and more than 30 books. In 2013, he received the highest award given by the Association for Psychological Science, the William James Fellow…

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Thaddeus Metz
Thaddeus Metz

Thaddeus Metz Distinguished Professor of Philosophy University of Johannesburg +27 (0) 11 559 3997 tmetz@uj.ac.za Prof. Thaddeus Metz hails from the United States, where he received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1997. He relocated to South Africa in 2004, when he joined the Philosophy Department at the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2009, he became…

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