I am an Honorary Fellow of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Reading. I was previously Head of the Department and Head of the School Humanities and retired in September 2005. The School of Humanities consists of the Departments of Classics, History, History of Art and Philosophy. I have been a member of the Reading Philosophy Department since 1972, before which I was a Lecturer in the Moral Philosophy Department at Glasgow University. At Reading I also taught for many years in the (now defunct) Music Department, for the MMus course. I was Visiting Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Miami University, Ohio, starting in 1987, and with further extensive stays in 1992-3 and 1998-9.
I was elected a Fellow (i.e. Governor) of Eton College in 2001 and served until 2011. In 2012 I became a Court Governor of The Whitgift Foundation, a charity which provides education for the young and care for the elderly, in a number of care homes, including the 16th Century Whitgift Almshouses in central Croydon, and three schools: Whitgift School, the Trinity School, and Old Palace School. At the same time I also became a Governor of Whitgift School, the school I attended myself. I am a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Educators, and a Freeman of the City of London, and thus entitled, among other things, to drive a flock of sheep across London Bridge.
These pages were last up-dated on 19 October 2018.