After receiving his PhD from Harvard University where he was supervised by Hilary Putnam, Professor Field has held positions at Princeton, University of Southern California and City University of New York Graduate Centre. He joined NYU in 1997 where he is currently Silver Professor of Philosophy. He has also held visiting positions at Alls Souls College Oxford, MIT, and University of Arizona.
In addition to being a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Professor Field has received Fellowships and Grants from the National Science Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He won the Lakatos Prize for his book Science without Numbers in 1986. In 2008, he gave the Locke lectures in Oxford (with the title "Logic, Normativity, and Rational Revisability"). He has also given the Shearman lectures (University of London), the Paul Benacerraf lecture (Princeton), and the Nelson Lecture (Michigan).