• Personal details
Marital status: Married (1969); two children (born 1975, 1979)
Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood (1955-61):
Open Entrance Scholarship.
General Certificate of Education in ten subjects at Ordinary Level and three subjects at Advanced level (Latin, Greek, Ancient History; all with distinction).
St John’s College, Oxford University (Undergraduate 1962-66):
Sir Thomas White Scholarship with status of Open Award.
Degree of B.A. 1966. Double First Class Honours.
Honour Moderations in Classical Languages & Literature: First Class.
Final Honour School of Literae Humaniores: First Class.
Postgraduate Studies (Oxford University):
St John’s College, Senior Scholarship (1966).
Major State Studentship.
Degree of M. A. (Oxford) 1969.
Degree of D. Phil. (Oxford) 1973.
• Positions held
1967-1968: Lecturer and Tutor in Philosophy, University of Washington, Seattle.
1968-1971: Lecturer in Philosophy, Exeter College, Oxford University.
1971-1987: Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Reading.
1987-1989: Reader in Philosophy, University of Reading.
1990-2008: Professor of Philosophy, University of Reading
(from 1992, holder of Established Chair in Philosophy).
2008- Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Reading.
2009- Professorial Research Fellow, Heythrop College, University of London.
• Offices, awards, visiting positions etc.
1985-88: Secretary, UK Association for Legal and Social Philosophy.
1987: US Fulbright Scholarship (Council for International Exchange of Scholars).
1988-89: Secretary, Organizing Committee for 1989 World Congress of International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy.
1989-93: Head of Department of Philosophy, The University of Reading.
1990-92: Reviews editor, Cogito.
1990-2015: Advisory Board, British Journal for the History of Philosophy.
1991-5: Chairman, British Society for the History of Philosophy.
1993-2012: Editor of Ratio.
1992- Advisory Panel, European Journal of Philosophy.
1992 : Erskine Fellow and Visiting Professor of Philosophy, University of
Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
1993-4: President, Mind Association.
1993-4: Radcliffe Research Fellowship in Philosophy.
1994-2000: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Advisory Panel.
1997-98: President, Aristotelian Society.
2002: Visiting Scholar in Residence, Rhodes University.
2002-5: Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Panel for Philosophy, Law and Religious Studies.
2002-4: Stanton Lecturer in the Philosophy of Religion,
University of Cambridge.
2003- Elected Honorary Fellow, St John’s College, Oxford.
2005-8: Principal applicant and Director for Arts and Humanities Research Council three-year funded project on Impartiality and Partiality in Ethics (£200k).
2007-9: President, British Society for the Philosophy of Religion.
2010: Elected to Athenaeum.
2013: Distinguished Visiting Professorship, Rhodes University.
2013- Advisory Board, Cuadernos salamantinos de filsofia.
2014: Mangoletsi Lecturer, University of Leeds.
2016– Visiting Professor, King’s College London.
• External examinerships etc.
External Examiner for Bulmershe College of Higher Education,1987-89; Open University, 1989-92; University of Bristol, 1988-91; University of Kent, 1992-94; University of Birmingham, 1994-97; University of Southampton, 1998-2001; Trinity College, Dublin 2002-4; University of Oxford, BPhil Graduate programme in Philosophy, 2002-5.
Frequent service as PhD external examiner (including Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, London, Durham, Nottingham, St Andrews etc.), and overseas including University of Umeå (Sweden), Rutgers University (USA), University of Sydney (Australia), University of Johannesburg (South Africa) etc.
External Assessor for Departmental Subject Review at Universities of Stirling, Birmingham, Kent, Trinity College Dublin, and Rhodes University.
Frequent academic consultancy and referee work for Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Blackwell, Routledge, Princeton University Press, Harvard University Press, etc.
Referee for Journal of the History of Philosophy, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, History of European Ideas, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, etc.
• University responsibilities (University of Reading)
Departmental timetabler, philosophy (1972-89); Faculty Library Committee (1973-89); Faculty Development Committee (1977-79); Faculty Board (1978-81); Faculty Syllabus Committee (1982-5); Randolph-Macon Advisory Board (1982-5); Coordinator of First Year Programme in Philosophy (1984-90); Religious Studies Colloquium Advisory Committee (1989-96); SCR Forum Organizing Committee (1989-91); University Ethics and Research Committee (1989-95; alternate chairman from 1994); University Safety Sub-Committee for Genetic Manipulation (1989-95); Faculty Policy and Resources Committee (1992-8); University Senate (1991-2008); Chairman, Board of Studies for Part-Time Degrees (1994-7); Board of Studies for Extramural and Continuing Education (1994-7); University Standing Committee on Personal Titles (1995-8); Joint Faculty Board for Research (2000-5); School of Humanities, Director of Research (2002-5); University Board for Research (2003-5); Departmental Director of Research in Philosophy and Chair of Philosophy Graduate Programme Committee and Graduate Admissions Committee (1994- 2008).