Professor Ian Rumfitt BA, MA, DPhil (Oxon.)

Professor Ian Rumfitt

Department of Philosophy
Professor in Philosophy

Contact details

Room 220
ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

My main research interests are in philosophy of logic, philosophy of language and philosophy of mathematics. My latest book The Boundary Stones of Thought (OUP, 2015) investigates conflicts between rival logical systems and how they might be rationally resolved.


  • BA, MA, DPhil (Oxon.)


I studied philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford and at Princeton University. I have taught it at Keele University (1992-93), the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (1993-98), University College, Oxford (1998-2005), and Birkbeck College, University of London (2005-2013). I took up my post at Birmingham in September 2013. 


I regularly teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules on Philosophical Logic, Formal Logic, the Philosophy of Language, and the Philosophy of Mathematics.

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome enquiries from prospective students with projects in the philosophy of language, philosophical logic or the philosophy of mathematics.


I recently completed a lengthy investigation into how conflicts between rival logical systems might be resolved rationally. The results are reported in my latest book, The Boundary Stones of Thought (OUP, 2015). My next large project will be in the philosophy of language: I am interested in what it is for utterances and inscriptions to have the content they have, and about the relationship between content and truth-conditions.

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