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
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
Aristotelian Society , having served the 2009–2010 term. He was
Fellow of the British Academy in 2002 and a Foreign
Honorary Fellow of the
American Academy of Arts & Sciences
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
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,
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
BBC Radio 4 's
The Moral Maze . Blackburn was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007.
He is a patron of the
British Humanist Association
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
Philosophy , which was authored by Blackburn was
published. He was one of 55 public figures to sign an open letter
published in The Guardian in September 2010, stating their opposition
Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI 's state visit to the UK, and has argued that
religionists should have less influence in political affairs. At the
same time, he has also argued, in a televised debate, against the
position of author and neuroscientist
Sam Harris that morality can be
derived from science.
* 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
Philosophy ( 2015), 3rd ed. - compiled
whole-handedly. ISBN 0-19-211694-0 .
* Ruling Passions (1998) A defense of a NeoHumean theory of reasons
and moral motivation. ISBN 0-19-824785-0 .
Truth (1999) (edited with Keith Simmons) - from Oxford Readings in
Philosophy series. ISBN 0-19-875250-4 .
* Think: A Compelling Introduction to
Philosophy . (1999) ISBN
0-19-210024-6 and ISBN 0-19-969087-1 .
* 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
Oxford University Press series covering
Seven Deadly Sins
Seven Deadly Sins . ISBN 0-19-516200-5 .
* Truth: A Guide (2005). ISBN 0-19-516824-0 .
* Plato's Republic: A Biography (2006) - from Atlantic Books' Books
That Shook the World series. ISBN 1-84354-350-8 .
* How to read Hume (2008) - Granta Publications. ISBN
* "What do we really know? -The Big Questions of Philosophy" -
(2009) from Quercus. ISBN 978-1-78087-587-3 .
* Ethics: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University
Press. 2001. ISBN 978-0-19-280442-6 .
* Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love (Princeton, NJ:
Princeton University Press
Princeton University Press , 2014)
* ^ 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.
* ^ A B
Philosophy Now's interview with Simon Blackburn, November
2013, accessible here
* ^ "Letters: Harsh judgments on the pope and religion". The
Guardian. London. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2010.