Professor Simon Blackburn FBA

Ethics, including applied ethics, philosophy of the mind, philosophy of language and metaphysics

Elected 2002

Fellow type
UK Emeritus Fellow
Year elected

Simon Blackburn retired from the Bertrand Russell Chair of philosophy at the University of Cambridge in 2011. He retains a Fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge, and Visiting Chairs at the New College of the Humanities and the Unversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is an Honorary Foreign Member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Australian Academy of the Humanities

His books include Spreading the Word (1984), The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 1994), Ruling Passions (Oxford University Press, 1998), Truth: A Guide for the Perplexed (Penguin Books, 2005) Plato's Republic (Atlantic Books, 2006), How to Read Hume (Granta, 2008), Mirror, Mirror (Princeton University Press, 2014), Truth (Profile Books, 2016) and two volumes of collected papers. They have been translated into more than 20 languages. 

Current post

University of Cambridge Fellow of Trinity College

The New College of the Humanities, London Visiting Chair

The University of North Carolina Visiting Chair

Past appointments

Trinity College University of Cambridge Professor of Philosophy

2001 -

Pembroke College University of Oxford Fellow and Tutor

1970 - 1990

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