SIMON BLACKBURN, FBA (born 12 July 1944) is a British academic philosopher known for his work in metaethics, where he defends quasi-realism , and in the philosophy of language; more recently, he has gained a large general audience from his efforts to popularise philosophy . He retired as the professor of philosophy at the University of Cambridge in 2011, but remains a distinguished research professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , teaching every fall semester. He is also a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge , and a member of the professoriate of New College of the Humanities . He was previously a Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford and has also taught full-time at the University of North Carolina as an Edna J. Koury Professor. He is a former president of the Aristotelian Society , having served the 2009–2010 term. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2002 and a Foreign Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2008.
He has appeared in multiple episodes of the documentary series Closer
* 1 Education * 2 Life and views * 3 Books * 4 References * 5 External links
Blackburn attended Clifton College and went on to receive his bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1965 from Trinity College, Cambridge . He obtained his doctorate in 1970 from Churchill College, Cambridge .
LIFE AND VIEWS
In philosophy, he is best known as the proponent of quasi-realism in meta-ethics and as a defender of neo-Humean views on a variety of topics. He is a former editor of the journal Mind . He makes occasional appearances in the British media, such as on BBC Radio 4 's The Moral Maze . Blackburn was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007.
He is a patron of the
British Humanist Association , and when asked
to define his atheism, he said he prefers the label "infidel" over
"atheist". "Being an infidel, that is, just having no faith, I do not
have to prove anything. I have no faith in the Loch Ness Monster, but
do not go about trying to prove that it does not exist, although there
are certainly overwhelming arguments that it does not." In 2008 The
Oxford Dictionary of
* Reason and Prediction (1973). ISBN 0-521-08742-2 .
* Spreading the Word (1984) - a text. ISBN 0-19-824650-1 .
* Essays in Quasi-Realism (1993). - a defense of quasi-realism as
applied to ethicsISBN 0-19-508041-6 and ISBN 0-19-508224-9 .
* The Oxford Dictionary of
* Being Good (2001) - an introduction to ethics . ISBN 0-19-210052-1 .
* Reprinted as Ethics: A Very Short Introduction in Oxford University Press ' Very Short Introductions series. ISBN 0-19-280442-1 .
* Lust (2004) - one of an
Oxford University Press
* ^ https://www.nchum.org/faculty/professor-simon-blackburn
* ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American
Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
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