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Reader in Philosophy, University of East Anglia

Rupert Read is Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, and a former Head of Department there. He studied principally at Oxford and Rutgers. His books include Kuhn (Polity, 2002), Philosophy for Life (Continuum, 2007), There is no such thing as a social science (Ashgate, 2008) and Wittgenstein among the sciences (Ashgate, 2012). He is perhaps best-known in philosophy for having brought together (along with Alice Crary) the school around Cora Diamond and James Conant, in The New Wittgenstein (Routledge, 2000). He has been working for a long time on a book giving a ‘liberatory’ reading of the Philosophical Investigations.

His recent work is principally on environmental and political philosophy. He is Principal Investigator on the AHRC Research Network into 'Debating Nature's Value', and has been working for some years on the philosophy of the Precautionary Principle, including co-authoring with Nassim Taleb:

Read is also Chair of Green House, a think tank developing green thinking in the UK.


  • –present
    Reader in Philosophy, University of East Anglia


  • 1987 
    Balliol College, Oxford, 1st in PPE