I was educated at the universities of Durham, York and Cambridge, where I obtained my PhD in 1989. I then worked in in the University of London for 20 years (at King's College London for 1 year, then at UCL for 19 years).
In 2005 I founded the Institute of Philosophy in the University of London, and was its first director until 2008.
In 2009 I moved to the Faculty of Philosophy in the University of Cambridge, where I was the Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy and a fellow of Peterhouse. I remained there for 8 years.
In 2017 I moved to Budapest to become professor of philosophy at the Central European University. The CEU is an independent, private, English-language university, founded by George Soros in 1991.
In September 2020, the CEU moves to its campus in Vienna. This is because the Hungarian government of Viktor Orbán passed a law in 2017 designed to make the CEU illegal in Hungary.
I am the Philosophy Consultant Editor of the TLS, and I was until recently the General Editor of the Routledge Encylopedia of Philosophy. In the academic year 2016-17, I was President of the Aristotelian Society. I gave the Seybert Lectures (Pennsylvania) in 2008, the Burman Lectures (Umeå) in 2010, the Carnap Lectures (Bochum) in 2011 and the Frege Lectures (Tartu) in 2017.
My work has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and Swedish.
I am #251 on this list.
A brief description of my philosophical views is here. A full CV is here.
I am married to the philosopher Katalin Farkas.
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