R dot Read at uea dot ac dot uk
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I studied PPE at Balliol College, Oxford, and the blend of philosophy, politics and economics was perfect for me. I learnt Wittgenstein at the feet of Tony Kenny, Peter Hacker, Gordon Baker and Stephen Mulhall, and took a First. I determined to subject what I had learned (the philosophy of Wittgenstein) to the severest possible challenge, and so I took the rather bold course of turning down a British Academy scholarship and studying for several years at Rutgers University (NJ, USA), where my teachers such as Jerry Fodor and Colin McGinn taught me ‘mainstream’ philosophy of language and mind – but did not sway in the least my conviction that Wittgenstein had revolutionised philosophy, and had in effect pre-emptively dissolved ‘analytical’ philosophy. I pursued and broadened my interest in Wittgenstein by working with James Guetti, Louis Sass, Cora Diamond and others at Rutgers and Princeton, and took my Ph.D in a Wittgensteinian exploration of the relationship between Kripke’s ‘quus’ problem and Nelson Goodman’s ‘grue’ problem. My time in the States also politically radicalised me, as I saw first-hand the dire cultural and ethical consequences of more or less untrammelled capitalism.
I lectured for two years at Manchester, encountering properly for the first time the impressive Wittgenstein-affiliated ethno-methodological critique of sociology. I landed a permanent job at UEA in 1997, where I have stayed for the last decade, working to grow the philosophy post-grad community, the Department as a whole, and the Wittgensteinian side of the Department in particular. All three goals have now been successfully realised. And I have published a very substantial number of books and papers while at UEA, perhaps notably the epoch-marking collection, ‘The New Wittgenstein’.
Philosophy of language, Wittgenstein, Kuhn, Philosophy of Literature and Film, Philosophy of Psychology.
|Project Title||Start Date||End Date||Funding Body||Project Members|
|Accounting for literary language: An interdisciplinary symposium (British Conference Grant)||1/9/2002||2/9/2002||British Academy||N/A|
|Accounting for literary language||1/9/2002||2/9/2002||British Academy||Rupert Read, Jon Cook|
|The hidden greatness of the Canon: (Research Leave Scheme)||1/9/2001||31/12/2001||Arts and Humanities Research Council||N/A|
Read, Rupert (2012) Why There Cannot be Any Such Thing as “Time Travel". Philosophical Investigations, 35 (2). pp. 138-153. ISSN 0190-0536
Read, Rupert (2012) Book review: Iain McGilchrist, The master and his emissary: the divided brain and the making of the Western world (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010). Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 11 (1). pp. 119-124.
Read, Rupert (2012) A strengthened ethical version of Moore's Paradox? Lived paradoxes of self-loathing in psychosis and neurosis. Philosophical Psychology, 25 (1). pp. 133-141. ISSN 0951-5089
Read, Rupert (2011) The difference principle is not action-guiding. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 14 (4). pp. 487-503.
Read, Rupert (2011) Beyond an ungreen-economics-based political philosophy: three strikes against ‘the difference principle'. International Journal of Green Economics (IJGE), 5 (2). pp. 167-183. ISSN 1744-9928
Read, Rupert (2011) Why the Ecological Crisis Spells the End of Liberalism: Rawls' "Difference Principle" is Ecologically Unsustainable, Exploitative of Persons, or Empty. Capitalism Nature Socialism, 22 (3). pp. 80-94. ISSN 1045-5752
Read, Rupert (2011) Economist-kings? A Critical Notice on Caplan, The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies. European Review, 19 (1). pp. 119-129.
Read, Rupert (2011) There are no such things as ‘commodities’: a research note. The Journal of Philosophical Economics, 4 (2). pp. 93-104.
Read, Rupert (2011) Religion as sedition: On liberalism's intolerance of real religion. Ars Disputandi, 11. ISSN 1566-5399
Read, Rupert (2011) Care, Love and our Responsibility to the Future. Arena (35/36). pp. 115-123.
Read, Rupert (2011) On future people. Think, 10 (29). pp. 43-47. ISSN 1477-1756
Read, Rupert and Hutchinson, Philip (2011) De-mystifying tacit knowing and clues: a comment on Henry et al. Journal Of Evaluation In Clinical Practice, 17. pp. 944-947. ISSN 1365-2753
Read, Rupert (2010) Avatar: A call to save the future. Radical Anthropology, 4. pp. 35-41. ISSN 1756-0896
Read, Rupert (2010) On Philosophy's (lack of) progress. Philosophy, 85(3). pp. 341-67.
Read, Rupert (2010) The Carbon Credit Crunch. The Philosopher's Magazine, 51. pp. 46-49.
Read, Rupert (2010) Wittgenstein vs. Rawls. Proceedings of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Symposium 2010.
Read, Rupert (2010) Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations as a war book. New Literary History, 41 (3). pp. 593-612. ISSN 0028-6087
Read, Rupert (2009) The case of John Rawls vs. The refuseniks. Practical Philosophy.
Read, Rupert (2008) The 'hard' problem of consciousness is continually reproduced and made harder by all attempts to solve it. Theory, Culture and Society, 25 (2). pp. 51-86. ISSN 0263-2764
Read, Rupert and Hutchinson, Phil (2008) Toward a Perspicuous Presentation of "Perspicuous Presentation". Philosophical Investigations, 31 (2). pp. 141-160.
Read, Rupert (2007) Economics is philosophy: Economics is not science. International Journal of Green Economics, 3 (1). pp. 307-325.
Read, Rupert (2007) Obituary: James Guetti, Philosophical Lettrist. Philosophy Now, 60. p. 18.
Read, Rupert and Phil Hutchinson, [No Value] (2006) The elucidatory reading of Wittgenstein's Tractatus. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 14 (1). pp. 1-29.
Read, Rupert (2006) A No-Theory Theory?: Against Hutto on Wittgenstein. Philosophical Investigations, 29 (1). pp. 73-81.
Read, Rupert (2005) Throwing away the bedrock. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 105 (1). pp. 81-98.
Read, Rupert (2004) Book Review - The Road Since 'Structure'. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 55 (1). pp. 175-178.
Read, Rupert and Rob Deans, [No Value] (2003) Nothing is shown. Philosophical Investigations, 26 (3). pp. 239-268.
Read, Rupert (2003) Literature as Philosophy of Psychopathology. Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology, 10 (2). pp. 115-124.
Read, Rupert (2003) Against 'time-slices'. Philosophical Investigations, 26 (1). pp. 24-43.
Read, Rupert (2003) Time to stop trying to provide an account of time. Philosophy, 78. pp. 397-408.
Read, Rupert (2003) Kuhn: le Wittgenstein des sciences? Archives de Philosophie, 66 (3). pp. 463-480.
Read, Rupert (2003) On delusions of sense: a response to Coetzee and Sass. Philosophy, Psychology, Psychiatry, 10 (2). pp. 135-142.
Read, Rupert (2003) Thomas Kuhn. International Studies in Philosophy, 35 (4). pp. 162-163.
Read, Rupert (2003) Kripke's Hume. Graduate Faculty Research Journal, 24 (1).
Sharrock, Wes and Read, Rupert (2003) Does Thomas Kuhn Have a 'Model of Science'? Social Epistemology, 17 (2-3). pp. 293-296. ISSN 0269-1728
Read, Rupert (2002) Is 'What is time?' a good question to ask? Philosophy, 77(2). pp. 193-209.
Read, Rupert and Wes Sharrock, [No Value] (2002) Thomas Kuhn's misunderstood relation to 'Kripke/Putnam essentialism'. Journal for the General Philosophy of Science, 33 (1). pp. 151-158.
Read, Rupert and Sharrock, Wes (2002) Kripke's Conjuring Trick. Journal of Thought, 37 (3). pp. 65-96.
Read, Rupert (2001) What does 'signify' signify? Philosophical Psychology, 14 (4). pp. 499-514. ISSN 0951-5089
Read, Rupert (2001) On approaching schizophrenia via Wittgenstein. Philosophical Psychology, 14 (4). pp. 499-514.
Read, Rupert (2001) On wanting to say: "All we need is a paradigm". The Harvard Review of Philosophy, 9. pp. 88-105.
Read, Rupert and Jon Cook, [No Value] (2001) Recent work: the Philosophy of Literature. Philosophical Books, 62 (2). pp. 118-131.
Read, Rupert (2001) What is Chomskyism? Or: Chomsky against Chomsky. The alternative Raven. pp. 33-51.
Read, Rupert and Willmer, Emma (2000) Psychotherapy: a form of prostitution? British Gestalt Journal, 9 (2). pp. 30-36.
Read, Rupert (2000) Wittgenstein and Marx on ordinary and philosophical language. Essays in Philosophy, 1 (2). pp. 1-41. ISSN 1526-0569
Read, Rupert (2000) How I learned to love (and hate) Noam Chomsky. Philosophical Writings, 15/16. pp. 23-48.
Read, Rupert and Guetti, James (1999) Meaningful Consequences. Philosophical Forum, 30 (4). pp. 289-315.
Read, Rupert (1998) Book Review - The Nature of Science: Problems and Perspectives. Teaching Philosophy, 21 (3). pp. 301-303.
Read, Rupert (1998) Princess Di: the last perfect republican. The Philosopher's Magazine, 4. pp. 14-15.
Guetti, James and Read, Rupert (1996) Acting from Rules. International Studies in Philosophy, 28 (2). pp. 43-62.
Read, Rupert (1996) Is Forgiveness Possible? The cases of Thoreau and Rushdie (on) (writing) the unforgiveable. Reason Papers, 21. pp. 15-35.
Read, Rupert (1995) The Unstability of Kripkean Scepticism. Philosophical Papers, 24 (1). pp. 67-74.
Read, Rupert (1995) The Real Philosophical Discovery: A Reply to Jolley's 'Philosophical Investigations 133: Wittgenstein and the End of Philosophy? Philosophical Investigations, 18 (4). pp. 362-369.
Read, Rupert (1990) Pain and Certainty. Ludwig Wittgenstein: A symposium. pp. 160-169.
Read, Rupert (2011) The possibility of a resolutely resolute reading of the Tractatus. In: Beyond The Tractatus Wars. Routledge, London. ISBN 978-0-415-87440-3
Hutchinson, Phil and Read, Rupert (2010) Therapy. In: Wittgenstein: Key Concepts. Acumen. ISBN 1844651894
Read, Rupert (2010) Ordinary/everyday language. In: Wittgenstein: Key Concepts. Acumen. ISBN 1844651894
Cook, Jon and Read, Rupert (2010) Wittgenstein and Literary Language. In: Companion to the Philosophy of Literature. Blackwell, pp. 467-91. ISBN 9781405141703
Read, Rupert (2009) Wittgenstein and Zen: one practice, no dogma. In: EPRINTS-BOOK-TITLE. OUP, pp. 13-24. ISBN 978-0195381566
Read, Rupert (2007) The first shall be last and the last shall be first"… A New Reading On Certainty 501. In: Readings of Wittgenstein on Certainty. Palgrave, pp. 302-321. ISBN 9780230535527
Read, Rupert (2005) 'Memento': a philosophical investigation. In: Film as Philosophy Essays in Cinema After Wittgenstein and Cavell. Palgrave MacMillan, p. 256. ISBN 1403997950
Read, Rupert (2004) Wittgenstein and Faulkner's Benjy: reflections on and of derangement. In: The literary Wittgenstein. Routledge, 0-00. ISBN 0415289734
Read, Rupert (2002) Nature, Culture, Ecosystem: or 'The priority of Environmental Ethics to epistemology and metaphysics. In: Feminist Readings of Wittgenstein. Penn. State Press, pp. 408-431. ISBN 0271021985
Read, Rupert (2002) Wittgenstein and Marx on vampirism and parasitism. In: Wittgenstein and Marxism. Routledge, pp. 254-281. ISBN 0415247756
Read, Rupert (2000) What 'There Can Be No Such Thing as Meaning Anything by Any Word' Could Possibly Mean. In: The New Wittgenstein. Routledge.
Read, Rupert (2012) A Wittgensteinian Way with Paradoxes. Lexington. ISBN 978-0739168967
Read, Rupert (2012) Wittgenstein among the Sciences Wittgensteinian Investigations into the 'Scientific Method'. Ashgate. ISBN 978-1-4094-3054-4
Read, Rupert (2008) There is No Such Thing as a Social Science: In Defence of Peter Winch (Directions in Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis). Ashgate. ISBN 9780754647768
Read, Rupert (2007) The New Hume Debate. Routledge. ISBN 0415399750
Read, Rupert (2007) Philosophy for life. Continuum. ISBN 0826495605
Read, Rupert (2007) Applying Wittgenstein. Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. ISBN 0826494501
Read, Rupert (2005) Film as Philosophy: Essays on Cinema after Wittgenstein and Cavell. Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 140394900X
Read, Rupert and Wes Sharrock, [No Value] (2002) Kuhn: Philosopher of Scientific Revolution (Key Contemporary Thinkers). Polity Press. ISBN 0745619290
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