Howard Robinson

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Howard Robinson (born 2 October 1945) is a British philosopher, specialising in various areas of metaphysics, best known for his work in the philosophy of mind.

Education and qualifications[edit]

Robinson received his early education at the Manchester Grammar School (1957–1964), going up to the University of Oxford to read P.P.E. at Corpus Christi College (where he earned an Exhibition), graduating in 1967. He read for a research M.Phil. at the University of Nottingham (1968–1968), and continued postgraduate research at Corpus Christi College (1968–1970). In 2000 he was awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Liverpool for his published work (a "Staff Doctorate").

Positions held[edit]

After four years at Oriel College, Oxford as full-time stipendiary lecturer in philosophy (1970–1974) he took up a lectureship at the University of Liverpool. He stayed at Liverpool for twenty-six years, becoming first Senior Lecturer then reader, apart from a period as Soros Professor of Philosophy at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary (1994–1996). In 2000 he was appointed Professor of Philosophy at the Central European University in Hungary. In fall 2012 he was visiting Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where he taught a graduate seminar in philosophy of mind.[1]

Since 1996 he has been a member of the East European committee of the European Society for Analytic Philosophy (ESAP), since 1999 a member of the Steering Committee of ESAP, and since 2002 a member of the Senate of the Central European University.

Since September 2007 he is The Provost (Pro-Rector) of The Central European University.



  • 1982: Matter and Sense: a Critique of Contemporary Materialism, Cambridge Studies in Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
  • 1994: Perception (London: Routledge) [paperback 2001]

Edited collections[edit]

  • 1985: Essays on Berkeley: a Tercentennial Celebration, co-edited with John Foster (Oxford: Clarendon Press) [paperback 1988]
  • 1991: The Pursuit of Mind, co-edited with Raymond Tallis (Manchester: Carcanet Press)
  • 1991: Aristotle and the Later Tradition (Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Supp. Vol. 2), co-edited with Henry Blumenthal (Oxford: Clarendon Press)
  • 1993: Objections to Physicalism (Oxford: Clarendon press) [paperback 1996]
  • 1996: Berkeley's Principles and Three Dialogues (Oxford: Oxford University Press)