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Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology, University of Warwick

Originally trained in history and philosophy of science, I founded the journal and wrote the first book in the field of 'social epistemology'. The author of over 20 books, I have been Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick since 1999.

Major areas of research are the future of the university and critical intellectuals, the emergence of intellectual property in the information society, the interdisciplinary challenges in the natural and social sciences, and the political and epistemological consequences of the new biology, science and religion, as well as the future of the university. My latest research has been on the future of humanity, especially the idea of 'Humanity 2.0'.

2018 sees the publication of a new book, Post-Truth: Knowledge as a Power Game (Anthem).

I have spoken in over 30 countries, often keynoting professional academic conferences, and have been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 1995. I was awarded a D.Litt. by Warwick in 2007 for significant career-long contributions to scholarship. I was appointed to the Auguste Comte Chair in Socal Epistemology in 2011, and am a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. I am also a Senior Research Fellow at the Breakthrough Institute, the leading 'ecomodernist' think-tank and an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, the leading 'transhumanist' think-tank. Since 2013, I have contributed to the annual question at My writings have been translated into more than twenty languages.


  • 2011–present
    Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology, University of Warwick


  • 1985 
    University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D. / History & Philosophy of Science


D.Litt., University of Warwick, FRSA, FAcSS, Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts