Robert Maximilian De Gaynesford
Get Robert Maximilian De Gaynesford essential facts below. View Videos or join the Robert Maximilian De Gaynesford discussion. Add Robert Maximilian De Gaynesford to your topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
Robert Maximilian De Gaynesford

Robert Maximilian de Gaynesford (born 2 January 1968) is an English philosopher. He is Professor of Philosophy and Head of Department at the University of Reading and author of The Rift In The Lute (2017).[1]

Education and career

De Gaynesford was educated at Ampleforth College and Balliol College, Oxford (1986-9; First in Modern History), after which he spent several years studying Theology, before turning to Philosophy in 1993. Shortly before receiving his doctorate, he was elected Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Lincoln College, Oxford (1997). He was subsequently Humboldt Research Fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin (2003) and a tenured professor at The College of William and Mary in Virginia (2002-2006)[2] before becoming Professor of Philosophy (2008) and Head of Department (2016) at the University of Reading.[3]

He is the author of four books: The Rift in the Lute: Attuning Poetry and Philosophy (Oxford, 2017), I: The Meaning of the First Person Term (Oxford, 2006), Hilary Putnam (Routledge, 2006; the book's aim was "to make Putnam's contributions to modern philosophy accessible to those without expertise in such matters"[4]), and John McDowell (Polity, 2004).[5] In 2011, he edited a collection of articles on the Philosophy of Action, Agents And Their Actions (Blackwell), which includes recent work by John McDowell and Joseph Raz. He spoke at the Harvard Conference in celebration of Hilary Putnam in 2011. He often gives papers on attuning poetry and philosophy for general audiences; in 2015, for example, he gave a public talk at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford on 'Why Philosophy and Poetry Matter'.[6] In 2017, he took part in a short filmed conversation about Philosophy and Film with Lenny Abrahamson and Francine Stock. Their subsequent extended public discussion was recorded as a podcast.[7] He is also interested in moral psychology and the interface with philosophy of law, where he unearths a particular type of defence that he calls 'justifexcuses'.[8]

Selected bibliography


  • The Rift in the Lute: Attuning Poetry and Philosophy[9]
  • I: The Meaning of the First Person Term[10]
  • Hilary Putnam[4]
  • John McDowell[11]

Chapters in books

  • The Sonnets and Attunement in The Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy (Routledge, 2018) eds Craig Bourne and Emily Caddick Bourne.[12]
  • Attuning philosophy and literary criticism: a response to In the Heart of the Country in Beyond the Ancient Quarrel: Literature, Philosophy, and J.M. Coetzee (Oxford, 2017) eds P. Hayes and J. Wilm.[13]
  • Uptake In Action in Interpreting J.L. Austin: Critical Essays (Cambridge, 2017) ed. Savas Tsohatzidis.[14]


  1. ^ Eldridge, Richard (2019). "The Rift in the Lute: Attuning Poetry and Philosophy". The British Journal of Aesthetics. 59 (2): 236-239. doi:10.1093/aesthj/ayy013.
  2. ^ "Leiter Report".
  3. ^ "Reading Staff Page".
  4. ^ a b Danisch, Robert C. (2007). "Review: Putnam's Place in Philosophy". Metascience. 16: 107-110. doi:10.1007/s11016-006-9066-5. S2CID 170973509.
  5. ^ "PhilPeople".
  6. ^ "Royal Institute of Philosophy".
  7. ^ "Philosophers Magazine".
  8. ^ "University of Leeds Philosophy Seminar".
  9. ^ "PhilPapers".
  10. ^ "PhilPapers".
  11. ^ Bagattini, Alexander; Willaschek, Marcus (2006). "John McDowell by Maximilian de Gaynesford and John McDowell by Tim Thornton". Philosophical Books. 47 (3): 281-84. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0149.2006.00410.x.
  12. ^ "Routledge".
  13. ^ Amazon. ASIN 0198805284.
  14. ^ "Cambridge University Press".

External links

  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.



Music Scenes