Mark Addis

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Mark Addis
Born 1959
Bolton, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Main interests Ludwig Wittgenstein

Mark Addis FRSA is Professor of Philosophy at Birmingham City University, Birmingham, United Kingdom.


Addis (b. 1969) is a British philosopher who is known for his work on Ludwig Wittgenstein. He grew up in Bolton, England, and was educated at Bolton School, Mansfield College, Oxford, the University of Leeds, the University of York and Birmingham City University. He began his career at Birmingham City University as a Senior Researcher and subsequently became Professor of Philosophy. He has also been a visiting scholar at Georgia State University, USA (2005) and at Aarhus University, Denmark (2007-). Addis has since 2006 been general editor of the Philosophy Insights series for Humanities-Ebooks LLP. [1] He is also the treasurer of the British Philosophical Association and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).[1]

Addis specialises in the philosophy of Wittgenstein and related areas as well as having research interests in the philosophies of language, mind, and religion. His book Wittgenstein: Making Sense of Other Minds (1999) was described by Rom Harre as "a careful and subtle study" whose "scholarly merits are great".[2] Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Religion (2001, co-edited with Robert Arrington) is "an interesting and valuable collection of essays",[3] while Wittgenstein: A Guide for the Perplexed (2006) is "a clear, balanced and very recommendable book which gives a good idea of the complexity of Wittgenstein's philosophy".[4]


  • Wittgenstein: A Guide for the Perplexed (London: Continuum, 2006). ISBN 0-8264-8495-6 (hbk), 0-8264-8496-4 (pbk)
  • Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Religion (co-edited with Robert Arrington, London: Routledge, 2001). ISBN 0-415-21780-6 (hbk), 0-415-33555-8 (pbk)
  • Wittgenstein: Making Sense of Other Minds (Aldershot: Ashgate, 1999). ISBN 0-7546-1043-8
  • 'D. Z. Phillips' Fideism in Wittgenstein's Mirror', in Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Religion pp. 85–100
  • 'Wittgenstein and the Transfinite in Set Theory', in Klaus Puhl, ed., Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Mathematics (Vienna: Holder-Pichler-Tempsky, 1993), pp. 87–92. ISBN 3-209-01592-9
  • Entries on Reuben Louis Goodstein pp. 336–7, Margeret Macdonald pp. 601–5, Margeret Masterman pp. 664–5, and David Pears pp. 756–60 in Stuart Brown, ed., Dictionary of Twentieth-Century British Philosophers (Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2005). ISBN 1-84371-096-X (Reprinted in A.C. Grayling, Andrew Pyle, Naomi Goulder eds., Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy (Thoemmes Continuum, London 2006), as Goodstein pp. 1256–7, MacDonald pp. 1997–8, Masterman p. 2104, and Pears pp. 2454–7. ISBN 1-84371-141-9)
  • 'Intellectual Property and the Public Interest', in The International Journal of the Book 6:1 (2009), pp. 121–124. ISSN: 1447-9516
  • 'Wittgenstein’s Private Language Argument and Self Consciousness', in Sats-Nordic Journal of Philosophy 8:2 (2007), pp. 89–103. ISSN: 1600-1974 (Reprinted in Analysis and Metaphysics 6 (Dec. 2007),pp. 288–302. ISSN: 1584-0778)
  • 'Criteria: the State of the Debate', in Journal of Philosophical Research XX (1995), pp. 139–174. ISSN: 1053-8364
  • 'Surveyability and the Sorites Paradox', in Philosophia Mathematica 3:2 (1995), pp. 157–165. ISSN: 00318019
  • Review of J. M. Lazenby, The Early Wittgenstein on Religion, in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2008). ISSN: 1538-1617
  • Teaching the Contemporary: Fiction Report (with Philip Tew, 2007).[2]


  1. ^ "Mark Addis (Memberships)". Birmingham City University. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Rom Harre, International Studies in Philosophy 35.4 (2003), pp.132-134
  3. ^ Patrick Sherry, Religious Studies 38.2 (2002), pp.244-246
  4. ^ Jesper Garsdal, Philosophy in Review 27.3 (2007), pp.159-160

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