Frank Cioffi

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Frank L. Cioffi, of Baruch College[1] is Frank Cioffi's nephew.[2]

Frank Cioffi (11 January 1928 – 1 January 2012) was an American philosopher educated in New York and Oxford.

Cioffi held posts at the University of Singapore, the University of Kent and the University of Essex, where he was a founding member of the Department of Philosophy.[3]

He wrote extensively on Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and behaviour and explanation.

On 29 July 1989 he made an extended appearance on the British TV discussion programme After Dark, alongside, among others, Steven Rose, The Bishop of Durham, Dorothy Rowe and Michael Bentine.


  • Wittgenstein on Freud and Frazer, Cambridge University Press (1998), trade paperback, 310 pages ISBN 0521626242 ISBN 978-0521626248
  • Freud and the Question of Pseudoscience, Open Court (1998), trade paperback, 313 pages ISBN 081269385X ISBN 978-0812693850


  1. ^ "THE DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH Frank Cioffi". Retrieved 15 September 2015. He is currently Writing Director at Baruch
  2. ^ "There Is No Theory of Everything". Simon Critchley in "The Stone" blog in The New York Times September 12, 2015
  3. ^ Nicholas Bunnin (7 February 2012). "Professor Frank Cioffi: Philosopher and authority on Freud - Obituaries - News". The Independent. London. Retrieved 19 August 2012.

Further reading[edit]

  • David Ellis, afterword by Nicholas Bunnin, Frank Cioffi: The Philosopher in Shirt Sleeves, Bloomsbury Academic (June 18, 2015), hardcover, 200 pages. ISBN 978-1472590114.