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Ray Monk

Ray Monk
Born 15 February 1957
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Analytic philosophy, postanalytic philosophy
Logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics

Ray Monk is a British philosopher. He is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton, where he has taught since 1992.

He won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the 1991 Duff Cooper Prize for Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius. His interests lie in the philosophy of mathematics, the history of analytic philosophy, and philosophical aspects of biographical writing. His biography of Robert Oppenheimer was published in 2012.


  • Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius. London: Vintage, 1991.
  • Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude 1872–1921. London: Vintage, 1996.
  • Russell. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1997.
  • Bertrand Russell: The Ghost of Madness 1921–1970. London: Vintage, 2001.
  • How to Read Wittgenstein. London: Granta, 2005.
  • Inside the Centre: the Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer. London: Jonathan Cape, 2012

External links

  • Home page
  • podcast interview with Ray Monk on Philosophy and BiographyPhilosophy Bites
  • WGBY audio recording of lecture "Philosophy Circa 1905"
  • Leading, contemporary biographers Hermione Lee & Ray Monk and director Stephen Frears debate whether all biographies are fiction
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