Mark Sainsbury (philosopher)

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Mark Sainsbury
Richard Mark Sainsbury

1943 (age 79–80)
EducationOxford University (D.Phil.)
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
InstitutionsKing's College London
University of Texas, Austin
Main interests
Philosophy of language, philosophical logic, philosophy of mind, metaphysics
Notable ideas
Originalist theory of concepts

Richard Mark Sainsbury (/ˈsnzbəri/; born 1943) is a British philosopher who is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin. He is known for his work in philosophical logic, philosophy of language, and on the philosophies of Bertrand Russell and Gottlob Frege.

Education and career[edit]

Sainsbury earned his D.Phil. at Oxford University and taught for many years at King's College London where he was Susan Stebbing Professor of Philosophy.[1] He became professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin in 2002.[2] He was editor of the leading philosophy journal Mind from 1990 to 2000. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1998.[3]


  • Bertrand Russell (Routledge, 1979) ("Arguments of the Philosophers" series).
  • Paradoxes (Cambridge University Press, 1988).
  • Reference Without Referents (Oxford University Press, 2005).
  • Fiction and Fictionalism (Routledge, 2009).
  • Seven Puzzles of Thought and How to Solve Them: An Originalist Theory of Concepts (with Michael Tye) (Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • Thinking About Things (Oxford University Press, 2018) ISBN 9780198803348.


  1. ^ "Former faculty: Professor Mark Sainsbury". King's College London. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  2. ^ Faculty page
  3. ^ "Sections - British Academy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2015.

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