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About Professor Simon Blackburn

Well known for his efforts to make philosophy accessible to a wider public, Simon is one of the country’s leading philosophers. He is well regarded as a proponent of a distinctive approach to ethics and a defender of neo-Humean views on a variety of topics. Simon has been a Vice-President of the British Humanist Association and a former editor of the journal Mind; he is, also, an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a Fellow of the British Academy.

Simon has published extensively. His books include Being Good – an introduction to ethics (reprinted as Ethics: a very short introduction), Lust (one of the Oxford University Press’s series on the seven deadly sins), Truth: A Guide and Plato’s Republic: A Biography.

He was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge until 2011. While teaching at NCH, he will continue as a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Professor Simon Blackburn's Research

Research interests include: Ethics including Applied Ethics, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind


Reason and Prediction (Cambridge University Press, 1973)

Spreading the Word (Clarendon Press, 1984)

Essays in Quasi-Realism (Oxford University Press, 1993)

The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 1994)

Ruling Passions (Oxford University Press, 1998)

Truth (ed with K. Simmons), (Oxford University Press,1999)

Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy (Oxford University Press,1999)

Being Good (Oxford University Press, 2001)

Lust (Oxford University Press, 2004)

Truth: A Guide (Penguin, 2005)

Plato’s Republic: A Biography (Allen & Unwin, 2006)

How to Read Hume (Granta Books, 2008)

Practical Tortoise Raising and Other Philosophical Essays (Oxford University Press, 2010)