|Norwich City Councillor for Wensum Ward|
10 June 2004 – 5 May 2011
|Preceded by||(new seat)|
|Succeeded by||Lucy Galvin|
|Political party||Green Party of England and Wales|
|Alma mater||Balliol College, Oxford|
Rupert Read (born 1966) is an academic and a Green Party politician in England. He is Chair of the Green House thinktank, East of England Green Party Co-ordinator and a Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia.
Read comments regularly through the Eastern Daily Press 'One World Column'. In his regular appearances in the local and national press, he speaks on sustainable transport, green economics and social justice.
|Philosophy of literature, Philosophy and film, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophy of science|
Read studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Balliol College, Oxford, 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.”
He is 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. 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.
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. Read sits 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 an 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 and again in 2014. The East of England is one the Green Party’s stronger regions in terms of support, and under the proportional representation system on which the European Elections operate, the Party was optimistic that he would represent them in the European Parliament. However, he was beaten to the last of the seven seats in the constituency by the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) in 2009, and similarly in 2014. He stood in the Norwich North by-election, 2009, as the Green Party candidate, and came fifth with 9.7% of the vote.
In January 2015, Read apologised for tweets in which he questioned the validity of trans people's gender, describing trans women as "a sort of 'opt-in' version of what it is to be a woman". His comments caused concern within the Green LGBTIQ group, who invited him to "engage with LGBTIQ Greens and listen to our deep concerns over his comments on trans people and of the phenomena that is trans."
Read took up this offer and spent time with trans people in an effort to fully understand their position. In his subsequent apology, Read said that "most of the offence caused by my tweets is a result of misunderstandings generated by the fragmented and angry nature of so much debate on Twitter" and reiterated that "it is up to women, not anyone else – and certainly not me – to decide who gets let into women-only spaces".
- (co-authored with James L. Guetti, 1999) Meaningful Consequences, The Philosophical Forum, Volume XXX, Issue 4, December 1999, Pages 289-315.
- (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
- UEA Faculty page, Accessed 9 July 2009
- 'One World Column', Eastern Daily Press. (Accessed 21 Nov 2007)
- Philosophy for Life: Applying Philosophy in Politics and Culture on Amazon.co.uk (Accessed 21 Nov 2007)
- Eastern Green Party website (Accessed 22 May 2009)
- Rupert Read announced as General Election candidate for Cambridge http://eastcambs.greenparty.org.uk
- "Rupert Read: Green party candidate apologises for offending transgender people". The Independent. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
- "Green candidate apologises for offending trans people". Pink News. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.