Ray Monk

Miller Scholar 2017

Philosopher and biographer Ray Monk, a professor at the University of Southampton, is SFI’s Miller Scholar for 2017. He will reside at the Institute for four months from February-May.

In his award-winning biography Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius, Monk chronicles Wittgenstein’s life and relentless self-examination. In an article for Prospect magazine, Monk contrasted Wittgenstein’s approach to understanding with the ubiquitous and easy “scientism which dominates our times.” Monk’s other biographies include Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude and Inside the Centre: The Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer.

Monk is the eighth Miller Scholar since SFI Chair Emeritus Bill Miller conceived and underwrote the scholarship in 2010.