Ray Monk

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Ray Monk
Born (1957-02-15) 15 February 1957 (age 64)
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolAnalytic philosophy, postanalytic philosophy
InstitutionsUniversity of Southampton
Main interests
Logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, history of analytic philosophy, veganism

Ray Monk FRSL (born 15 February 1957) is a British philosopher and writer. He is Emeritus Professor at the University of Southampton, where he taught from 1992 to 2018.[1][2]


Monk won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the 1991 Duff Cooper Prize for his biography of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius. His interests lie in the philosophy of mathematics, the history of analytic philosophy, and philosophical aspects of biographical writing. His biography of Robert Oppenheimer was published in 2012.

Since 2012 he has contributed to the New Statesman, contributing articles on philosophy and veganism.[3][4]

In 2015 he was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Society of Literature.[5]


  • Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius. London: Vintage, 1991.
  • Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude 1872–1921. London: Vintage, 1996.
  • Russell. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1997.
  • Bertrand Russell: The Ghost of Madness 1921–1970. London: Vintage, 2001.
  • How to Read Wittgenstein. London: Granta, 2005.
  • Inside the Centre: the Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer. London: Jonathan Cape, 2012
  • "Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Sketch of His Life" (chapter in A Companion to Wittgenstein, edited by Hans-Johann Glock and John Hyman. Wiley-Blackwell, 2017)


  1. ^ Ray Monk - Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Southampton
  2. ^ Ray Monk's announcement of his retirement on Twitter
  3. ^ "Writers". www.newstatesman.com. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  4. ^ "Ray Monk on veganism in the New Statesman". University of Southampton.
  5. ^ Ray Monk - Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

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