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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 21, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. K. Behrendt

Associate Professor

Contact Information
Email: | k.a.behrendt[at]
Phone: 519 884-0710 ext.2969
Fax: 519 884-5465
Office Location: Seminary S010
Office Hours: outside term time, by appointment: please contact me by email at my address
Academic Background

My areas of research include personal identity theory and the self, philosophy of death, memory, and narrative. Recent and forthcoming publications include:

  • 'Narrative Aversion: Challenges for the Illness Narrative Advocate,' Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 42.1 (2017)
  • 'Learning to be Dead: Narrative and the Problem of Mortality,' in Immortality and the Philosophy of Death, Cholbi, ed. Rowman and Littlefield, 2016
  • '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 60 (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)


I received my B.A. in Philosophy from McMaster University and my M.A. from the University of Ottawa.  I attended University of Oxford under a Commonwealth Scholarship and received my D.Phil. in Philosophy from there, under the supervision of Quassim Cassam, Derek Parfit, and Paul Snowdon.  I taught at Oxford for several years before returning to Canada to take up my current post at Laurier.

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