Crispin Wright, Global Distinguished Professor of Philosophy


Crispin Wright is a world-renowned philosopher who has made seminal contributions to the philosophy of mathematics, spearheading the renaissance of interest in neo-Fregean foundations; to metaphysics through his work on realism; to epistemology, where he has had a major influence on the contemporary debates about skepticism and about self-knowledge; to philosophy of language and logic through his work on vagueness and on intuitionism; and to the study of Wittgenstein's later philosophy. He did graduate work at both Cambridge and Oxford before being elected Research Fellow (1969) at All Souls College, Oxford, where he spent the first nine years of his career. He was then appointed the Chair of Logic and Metaphysics at St. Andrews in 1978 at age 34, one of the youngest such appointments ever made in Britain. In 1988 he was awarded a D. Litt.—a marker of published research of the highest distinction—from Oxford, and in 2003, an Honorary D.Litt. at the University of Aberdeen.

Dr. Wright’s research awards include a British Academy Research Readership (1990-1992) and a Leverhulme Trust Research Professorship (1998-2003.) He is Fellow of the British Academy (1992) and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1996), and was appointed the first Bishop Wardlaw Professor at St. Andrews in 1997.

His books include Wittgenstein on the Foundations of Mathematics; Frege’s Conception of Numbers as Objects; Truth and Objectivity, Realism, Meaning and Truth; Rails to Infinity; Saving the Differences, and, with Professor Bob Hale, The Reason’s Proper Study. He is the Founder (1998) and Director of the Arché Philosophical Research Centre at St. Andrews, which to date has earned more than the equivalent of $4.7 million USD of competitive British research funding.

Updated on 01/17/2012