Professor Mark Addis

Professor of Philosophy

School of English

Current Activity


Room: B602
Off-site: Tuesdays and Fridays


Mark primarily focuses upon Wittgenstein and related areas but also has active research interests in the philosophies of language, mind, and religion. He has published three books on Wittgenstein, namely, Wittgenstein: Making Sense of Other Minds (1999), Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Religion (2001) and Wittgenstein: A Guide for the Perplexed (2006).

Mark's contributions to the study of Wittgenstein are widely cited across academic disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, and have received international recognition. He is the General Editor for the Philosophy Insights series at Humanities-Ebooks.

In 2005, Mark was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Philosophy at Georgia State University and from 2007 onwards a Visiting Professor at the Department of Philosophy at Aarhus University.

He is a Research Associate at the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science at the London School of Economics and Deputy Director for the Centre for the Study of Expertise at Brunel University.

Mark is a member of the Schools and Executive Committee of the British Philosophical Association and the AHRC Peer Review College (2007 - 2014). He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

  • BA (Hons) PPE - University of Oxford
  • MSc Computing - University of York
  • PhD Philosophy - University of Leeds
  • PgDip Education - Birmingham City University



Postgraduate Supervision

Proposals for research in the areas of aesthetics, environmental philosophy, epistemology (especially applied), history of analytic philosophy (particularly Wittgenstein), jurisprudence, philosophy of education, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and political philosophy are welcome. Students may also consider an interdisciplinary doctorate where the main research is conducted in another subject but there is a significant philosophical element.

Research Interests

Wittgenstein and related areas, Philosophy of mind, Philosophy of Science, and (to a lesser extent) philosophy of mathematics.

Visiting appointments



  • Computational Scientific Discovery, AISB Symposium, Goldsmiths College, 1 April 2014
  • Rethinking Theory Construction in Social Science, Centre for the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics, 11 March 2014
  • Valuing Philosophy Degrees: Enhancing Employability, Birmingham City University, 23 March 2012
  • Theorising Expertise, Institute of Philosophy, University of London, 15 and 16 March 2012
  • Understanding Expertise, Centre for the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics, 26 January 2012
  • Valuing Philosophy Degrees: Employability in Higher Education, Birmingham City University, 15 September 2011. Co-organised with HE Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies.


Wittgenstein: A Guide for the Perplexed, Continuum, 2006

Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Religion, paperback edition, Robert Arrington co-editor, Routledge, London, 2004

Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Religion, Robert Arrington co-editor, Routledge, London, 2001

Wittgenstein: Making Sense of Other Minds, Ashgate, Aldershot, 1999


"Wittgenstein and the Naturalness of Religious Belief," Armin Geertz (ed.), Origins of Religion, Cognition and Culture, Acumen, 2013

"D.Z. Phillips' Fideism in Wittgenstein's Mirror," Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Religion (see above), 2001

"Editors' Introduction," Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Religion (see above), 2001

"Wittgenstein and the Transfinite in Set Theory," Klaus Puhl (ed.), Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Mathematics, Holder-Pichler-Tempsky, Vienna, 1993

Journal Publication

Forthcoming: “Contributions to a Conceptual Ontology for Wittgenstein”, co-authors Steen Brock and Alois Pichler, Wittgenstein-Studien, 5, 2014

Linguistic Competence and Expertise”, special issue “Tacit Knowledge: New Theories and Practices” of , 12:2 2013

Response to Collins”, special issue “Tacit Knowledge: New Theories and Practices” of , 12:2 2013

Philosophy in the Workplace”, special issue of 95, 2013

“Wittgenstein on Meaning: Critiquing the Derridean Approach”, special issue “Radicalizing the Critical Space” of , 6:1, 2012

Expertise and Employability in Philosophy”, Discourse, 12:1, 2012

"Midlands Philosophy Research Training Network", co-author Helen Beebee, Discourse, 10:3, 2011

"Philosophy in post-92 Universities", Discourse, 10:2, 2011

"Intellectual Property and the Public Interest," The International Journal of the Book, 6:1, 2009

"Teaching the Contemporary: Fiction," co-author Philip Tew, Changing English 14:3, 2007

"Wittgenstein's Private Language Argument and Self Consciousness," Sats- Nordic Journal of Philosophy, 8:2, 2007. (Invited reprint in Analysis and Metaphysics, 6, 2007)

"English and Philosophy," English Subject Centre Newsletter, 6, 2004

"Criteria: the State of the Debate," Journal of Philosophical Research, XX, 1995

"Surveyability and the Sorites Paradox," Philosophia Mathematica, 3:2, 1995

"Aristotle: the Intellectual Virtues, with Special Reference to Practical Wisdom," Cogito, 5, 1991

Conference Proceedings

Evolving Process-Based Models from Psychological Data using Genetic Programming”, co-authors Fernand Gobet, Peter Lane and Peter Sozou, Web Proceedings of the AISB-50 Conference, 2014

"Philosophy in Construction: Understanding the Development of Expertise", co-author David Boyd, Web Proceedings of the 46 American Schools of Construction Conference, 2010


Review of P. Sasson-Henry "Borges 2.0: From Text to Virtual Worlds", Information, Communication and Society, 12:7, 2009

Review of J.M. Lazenby “The Early Wittgenstein on Religion”, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2008

Review of John Cook "The Undiscovered Wittgenstein: The Twentieth Century's Most Misunderstood Philosopher", Philosophy in Review, 2007

Extended review of David Stern and Bela Szabados, "Wittgenstein reads Weininger: a Reassessment" and Peter Munz "Beyond Wittgenstein's Poker", British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 13:3, 2005

Review of Gordon Baker "Wittgenstein: Neglected Aspects", International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 13:4, 2005

Review of John Cook, "Wittgenstein's Metaphysics", Mind, 105, 1996

Other Publications

"Wittgenstein and Language Games", Dialogue, 39, 2013

"Valuing Philosophy Degrees Enhancing Employability event report", Discourse, 12:1, 2012

Moving from Knowledge Management to Expertise Management: a Problem of Contexts”, co-author David Boyd, Centre for Environment and Society Research Working Paper Series, no.3, 2011

The Thinking Man’s Industry”, Construction Manager, November/December 2010

"What's the Value of a Humanities Degree?", co-author Clare Saunders, Graduate Market Trends, autumn 2010

"Seeing As," Bruce Goldstein (ed.), Encyclopedia of Perception, Sage, 2009

Teaching the Contemporary: Fiction Report, co-author Philip Tew, 2007

Entries on Goodstein, MacDonald, Masterman, and Pears, Stuart Brown (ed.), Dictionary of Twentieth Century British Philosophers, Thoemmes Press, Bristol 2005. (Reprinted in A.C. Grayling, Andrew Pyle, Naomi Goulder (eds.), Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy, Thoemmes Continuum, London 2006)

Editorial activities

Editorial Board: SATS: Northern European Journal of Philosophy

General Editor for the Philosophy Insights series at Humanities-Ebooks

Advisory Committee: Wittgenstein Source Bergen Facsimile Edition and Wittgenstein Source Bergen Text Edition

Editorial Board: Discourse (2011-2012)


Interview on teaching philosophy for The Philosophy and Pedagogy Channel, 2012.

Consultant for the Film 4 film Le Week-end [writer Hanif Kureshi and director Roger Michell] (2013)