Sir Ralph Wedgwood, 4th Baronet

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Ralph Wedgwood
Born (1964-12-10) 10 December 1964 (age 53)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Occupation Philosopher
Nationality British
Alma mater

Westminster School

Magdalen College, Oxford

Professor Sir Ralph Nicholas Wedgwood, 4th Baronet (born 10 December 1964) is a British philosopher.[1]

Wedgwood was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, the only son of Martin Wedgwood, later 3rd Baronet, and his wife the architectural historian Alexandra (known as Sandra; née Gordon Clark), daughter of the judge and crime novelist, Alfred Gordon Clark. He was named after his great-grandfather, Sir Ralph Wedgwood, 1st Baronet; his first name is pronounced /ˈreɪf/ (to rhyme with "safe" or "waif").[2] Wedgwood is a descendant of the master potter Josiah Wedgwood. He inherited the Wedgwood Baronetcy of Etruria upon the death of his father on 12 October 2010. The heir presumptive to the Baronetcy is John Julian Wedgwood (born 1936), son of the 2nd Baronet.

Wedgwood was educated at Westminster School, before taking a BA in Classics and Modern Languages at Magdalen College, followed by studies at King's College London (MPhil), and Cornell University, New York, United States (PhD). He was appointed Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995, becoming an Associate Professor in 1999. From 2002, Wedgwood acted as a Lecturer and Fellow in Philosophy at Merton College, Oxford, and was promoted to full professorship in 2007. At the beginning of 2012 he moved to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles as Professor of Philosophy.

On his USC profile, Wedgwood states that his research interests are "ethics (including meta-ethics, practical reason, normative ethics, and the history of ethics) and epistemology".[3] He is the author of The Nature of Normativity (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2007), and numerous papers on philosophy and ethics, including the oft-cited paper The Fundamental Argument for Same-Sex Marriage,[4] which argues for the legitimacy of same-sex marriage. He has also written a piece on the same subject for the New York Times.[5]


  1. ^ ‘WEDGWOOD, Sir Ralph (Nicholas)’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2011 ; online edn, Nov 2011 accessed 11 Dec 2011
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  4. ^ Wedgwood, R. (1999), The Fundamental Argument for Same-Sex Marriage. Journal of Political Philosophy, 7: 225–242. doi:10.1111/1467-9760.00075
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Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
(Hugo) Martin Wedgwood
Wedgwood baronets
Succeeded by