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A conversation with Rupert Read

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Dr. Rupert Read returns to the podcast to provide an introduction to Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language.  We cover Wittgenstein’s life, his approach to philosophy, his value to us, and the metaphors of family resemblances, word games, and money.


Dr. Read studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Balliol College, Oxford, before undertaking postgraduate studies in the United States at Princeton University and Rutgers University.

He is currently at the University of East Anglia, specializing in philosophy of language, philosophy of science, and environmental philosophy. He has contributed to many books, including, in 2002, Kuhn: Philosopher of Scientific Revolution, on the work of Thomas Kuhn, and, in 2005, Film As Philosophy: Essays in Cinema After Wittgenstein And Cavell. 

He is active in the UK Green Party and is a strong environmental campaigner. He stood in the Norwich North by-election, 2009, as the Green Party candidate, and returned the biggest by-election vote share in Green History with 9.7% of the vote.

You can see more of his work at:


Follow him on twitter: @greenrupertread


And purchase his books The New Wittgenstein and A Film-Philosophy of Ecology and Enlightenment.




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