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Simon Blackburn (born 1944) is a British academic philosopher also known for his efforts to popularise philosophy. He attended Clifton College and went on to receive his bachelor's degree in Moral Sciences (i.e. philosophy) in 1965 from Trinity College, Cambridge. He is currently Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge University, a highly prestigious position formerly held by such philosophers a Elizabeth Anscombe, G.H. Von Wright, Wittgenstein, and G.E. Moore, and a fellow of Trinity College, and has previously held teaching posts at Pembroke College, Oxford and the University of North Carolina as an Edna J. Koury Professor.

In philosophy, he is best-known as the proponent of quasi-realism in metaethics, and as a defender of NeoHumean views on a variety of topics.

He makes occasional appearances in the British media - for instance on BBC Radio 4's The Moral Maze. Unlike other popularisers of philosophy, Blackburn is also a highly respected academic, noted as a leading proponent of the Humean tradition in moral philosophy, a former editor of the journal Mind and the inventor of quasi-realism.

Professor Blackburn is a Vice-President of the British Humanist Association.

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