Whyte has worked as a management consultant, as a foreign currency trader and as a philosophy lecturer at Cambridge University. His philosophical publications in academic journals mainly concern the nature of truth and belief. In 1991 he won the Analysis prize for the best article by a philosopher under the age of 30.
Since 2004, Whyte has been writing for general audiences, and his books and articles typically attempt to expose shoddy reasoning, especially by politicians. His political philosophy is classical liberalism, in the tradition of Friedrich Hayek. He is the author of Crimes Against Logic (McGraw Hill, Chicago, 2004), A Load of Blair (Corvo, London, 2005),Free Thoughts (ASI, London, 2012)  and Quack Policy (IEA, London, 2013). He has written many columns, mainly for The Times, City AM, Standpoint, The Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal.
In 2006 he won the Reason Foundation Bastiat Prize for journalism (jointly with Tim Harford of the Financial Times) and in 2010 he was runner up. In June 2014, Whyte won the Institute of Economic Affairs Arthur Seldon Memorial Award for Excellence for his Quack Policy publication.
Whyte was born, raised and educated to BA level in Auckland, New Zealand. He then moved to the UK to study for an M.Phil and Ph.D at St John’s College, Cambridge University. Upon completion, he remained for three years as a research fellow at Corpus Christi College and a temporary lecturer in the Philosophy faculty. He then left academia and took up a job with the consultancy firm Oliver Wyman.
^ abPhilosophy Now writes that "Whyte has published a number of papers and books on the subject of Truth, and is a one-time winner of Analysis journal’s prize for the best paper by a philosopher under the age of thirty." from Philosophy Now (link to article), accessed March 2014.