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  • Professor David-Hillel Ruben


    School of History, Philosophy and Culture

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


    Phone number: +44 (0)1865 488492

    Email: david.ruben1@yahoo.co.uk


    David-Hillel Ruben is Professor of Philosophy at Oxford Brookes University and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of London. He has a BA from Dartmouth College (USA) and a PhD from Harvard University. He began his career at the University of Edinburgh as tutor and subsequently has held lectureships at Glasgow, Essex, and City Universities. He was made a professor at the LSE in 1994 and has been at Birkbeck on a part-time basis since 2004 and at Brookes since 2013.

    His research interests are in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences and the Philosophy of Action. He has published books on Marxism, Social Holism, Explanation, and Action. He is currently writing on the Idea of Traditions.

    Other experience


    • BA magna cum laude in Philosophy and Religion, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., USA, (1961-5). Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, 1964.
    • Independent study, Edinburgh University, under supervision of Mr. Errol Bedford (1964-5). Dissertation Topic: 'Mind-Brain Identity Theories'.
    • PhD in Philosophy, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. USA (1966-70). Degree awarded, 1971. Thesis Topic: 'Relativism, Rules, and Contemporary Moral Philosophy'. Thesis advisers: Professors Robert Nozick and Roderick Firth. Revised versions of two chapters published as items 1 and 2 in articles, below.

    Directorial positions

    • 1998-2000: Director, London School of Jewish Studies, an Associate Institution of the University of London.
    • 2000-2011: Director, New York University in London. The founding Director of New York University in London.
    • 2012-2013: Director, Arcadia University in London.

    Academic positions

    • 1969:  Tutor in Moral Philosophy, Edinburgh University.
    • 1970-5: Lecturer in Social and Political Philosophy & subsequently Lecturer in Logic, Glasgow University.
    • 1975-79:  Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Essex.
    • 1979-84:  Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, The City University.
    • 1984-2000: Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor of Philosophy, The London School of Economics, University of London.
    • 1999-2011: Professor of Philosophy, NYU in London.
    • 2000-2004:  Professor of Philosophy (part time), School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
    • 2004-2011: Professor of Philosophy (part time), Birkbeck, University of London.
    • 2011-2013: Honorary Research Fellow, Birkbeck, University of London; Visiting Professor, Kings College London.
    • Summer and other short term teaching appointments: University of Connecticut at Storrs (USA), Tufts University (USA), University of Iceland, Haifa University.