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Rupert Read
Full name Rupert Read
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Analytic philosophy
Main interests Philosophy of literature, Philosophy and film, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophy of science

Dr Rupert Read is an academic and a Green Party politician in England. He is currently a city councillor in Norwich,[1] and a Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia.[2]

Read comments regularly through the Eastern Daily Press 'One World Column'.[3] In his regular appearances in the local and national press, he speaks on sustainable transport, green economics and social justice.


Academic career

Read studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Balliol College, Oxford,[2] before undertaking postgraduate studies in the United States at Princeton University and Rutgers University (where he gained his doctorate). Influenced by Ludwig Wittgenstein's philosophy, his PhD involved "a Wittgensteinian exploration of the relationship between Kripke’s ‘quus’ problem and Nelson Goodman’s ‘grue’ problem."[2]

He is currently Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, specialising in philosophy of language, philosophy of science, and environmental philosophy, previously having taught at Manchester.[2] He has contributed to many books, including, in 2002, Kuhn: Philosopher of Scientific Revolution, on the work of Thomas Kuhn, and, in 2005, Film As Philosophy: Essays in Cinema After Wittgenstein And Cavell. His book Philosophy for Life: Applying Philosophy in Politics and Culture, was released in July 2007.[4]

Political career

Caroline Lucas giving a keynote speech, with Rupert Read looking on, at the autumn conference of the Green Party of England and Wales, Hove, 2006

One of 13 Green Party councillors in Norwich, Rupert Read was first elected in 2004 to represent Wensum ward and re-elected in 2007 with 49% of the vote. Rupert serves on the Joint Highways Committee of the city and county councils, and is spokesperson on Transport for the Green Party city councillors. He is also the Green Party's representative on Norwich Peace Council and has been a prime active opponent of the British Government's foreign policy.

Having held a number of officer posts for the Eastern Region Green Party, at the beginning of 2007 Rupert Read was selected as Eastern Region Green Party’s lead candidate for the European Parliament elections in 2009.[5] The East of England (European Parliament constituency) is one the Green Party’s strongest regions, and under the proportional representation system on which the European Elections operate, the Party was optimistic that he would represent them in Brussels. However, he was beaten to the last of the seven seats in the constituency by the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). He stood in the Norwich North by-election, 2009, as the Green Party candidate, and came 5th with 9.7% of the vote.

Selected bibliography

  • (edited with Alice Crary, 2000) The New Wittgenstein, London: Routledge
  • (co-authored with Wes Sharrock, 2002) Kuhn: Philosopher of Scientific Revolution, Oxford: Polity
  • (co-edited with Jerry Goodenough, 2005) Film As Philosophy: Essays in Cinema After Wittgenstein And Cavell
  • (2007) Philosophy for Life: Applying Philosophy in Politics and Culture




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