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Professor Michael Beaney’s post at King’s College London is held jointly with a half-time position as Professor of History of Analytic Philosophy at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Before taking up these jobs he was Reader (2005–09) and then Professor of Philosophy (2009–15) at the University of York. Professor Beaney has also worked at the Open University (2000–05), University of Manchester (1998–99), University of Leeds (1992–98), Birkbeck College, London (1990–92) and University of Sheffield (1986–88). He has held Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowships in Germany at the University of Jena (2006–07) and University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (1999–2000), and was Visiting Professor at Beijing Normal University in 2013 and 2014 and Peking University in 2011. Professor Beaney originally studied PPE at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, where he also did his B.Phil. and D.Phil. in Philosophy.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • History of analytic philosophy
  • Chinese philosophy, especially ancient Chinese philosophy of language and logic and Chinese analytic philosophy
  • Philosophical methodology, with particular reference to analysis and creativity throughout the history of philosophy
  • Philosophical translation, especially German-English and English-Chinese
  • Historiography of philosophy

Professor Beaney welcomes applications from students wishing to work in any of the areas listed above.


Courses he has taught over the last decade include History of Analytic Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy (Confucianism), Creativity, Philosophy of Language, Frege, Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations, Foundations of Mathematics, and Paradoxes.

Expertise and public engagement

Professor Beaney is Editor of the British Journal for the History of Philosophy, and has served on the Management Committee of the British Society for the History of Philosophy since 1995. He is on the Editorial Board of Russell: the Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies and on the Advisory Boards of the Journal of Chinese Philosophy and the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy. Professor Beaney is General Editor of a book series on the history of analytic philosophy published by Palgrave Macmillan. He has been a member of the AHRC Peer Review College since 2010 and am also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.