Stephen Mulhall

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Stephen Mulhall
Born 1962
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford
Era 21st century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Continental philosophy, Postanalytic philosophy
Institutions New College, Oxford
Main interests
Wittgenstein studies, ethics, philosophy of religion, post-Kantian philosophy, philosophy of literature, philosophy of film
Notable ideas
Philosophy of language film analysis
Experience of meaning[1]

Stephen Mulhall (/ˈmʌlhɔːl/; born 1962) is a philosopher and Fellow of New College, Oxford. His main research areas are Ludwig Wittgenstein and post-Kantian philosophy.[2]


Stephen Mulhall received a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford in 1983.[3] He then pursued an MA in Philosophy from The University of Toronto in 1984.[3] Between 1984 and 1988, he attended Balliol College and All Souls College, Oxford for his DPhil in Philosophy.[3] From 1986 to 1991 he was a Prize Fellow at All Souls College and in 1991 he became a Reader of Philosophy at the University of Essex.[3] From 1998 to the present he has been a fellow at New College, Oxford.[3]

In January 2015 Mulhall was a guest on BBC Radio 4's In Our Time, which discussed phenomenology.[4]


  • 1990 On Being in the World: Wittgenstein and Heidegger on Seeing Aspects (Routledge)
  • 1992 Liberals and Communitarians (Blackwell) - with Adam Swift
  • 1994 Stanley Cavell: Philosophy’s Recounting of the Ordinary (OUP)
  • 1994 Faith and Reason (Duckworth)
  • 1996 Heidegger and Being and Time (Routledge)
  • 1996 Liberals and Communitarians: A Revised Edition (Blackwell) - with Adam Swift
  • 1996 The Cavell Reader (Blackwell) - editor
  • 2001 Inheritance and Originality: Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Kierkegaard (OUP)
  • 2002 On Film, London/New York: Routledge, 2002. ISBN 0-415-24795-0 ISBN 9780415247955
  • 2005 Philosophical Myths of the Fall (Princeton)
  • 2005 Heidegger and Being and Time (2nd Edition)
  • 2006 Martin Heidegger International Library of Essays in the History of Social and Political Thought (Ashgate) - editor
  • 2006 Wittgenstein's Private Language (OUP)
  • 2007 The Conversation of Humanity (University of Virginia Press)
  • 2008 On Film: Second Edition (Routledge)
  • 2008 The Wounded Animal: J. M. Coetzee and the Difficulty of Reality (Princeton)
  • 2013 The Self and Its Shadows: A Book of Essays on Individuality as Negation in Philosophy and the Arts (Oxford University Press)
  • 2014: On Being in the World: Wittgenstein and Heidegger on Seeing Aspects: Second Edition (Routledge)


  1. ^ Stephen Mulhall, On Being in the World: Wittgenstein and Heidegger on Seeing Aspects, Routledge, 2014 [1990], p. 35; see also: Donald K. Barry, Forms of Life and Following Rules: A Wittgensteinian Defence of Relativism, BRILL, 1996, p. 58.
  2. ^ "Stephen Mulhall". New College. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Dr. Stephen Mulhall". Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  4. ^ BBC Radio 4 - "Phenomenology"