Jonathan F. Bennett

Jonathan F. Bennett

For other people named Jonathan Bennett, see Jonathan Bennett (disambiguation).

Jonathan Francis Bennett (born 1930) is a British philosopher of language and metaphysics, and a historian of early modern philosophy.

Born in Greymouth, New Zealand, Bennett was educated at the University of Canterbury (formerly Canterbury University College)[1] and at the University of Oxford. He has taught at the University of Cambridge (1956–68), Simon Fraser University (1968–70), the University of British Columbia (1970–79), and Syracuse University (1979–97). In 1980, he was the Tanner Lecturer at Brasenose College of Oxford University. In 1992, he was the John Locke Lecturer at the University of Oxford. In 1985, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[2] The British Academy extended him the same honor in 1991.

His 1966 book Kant's Analytic, along with P. F. Strawson's The Bounds of Sense, is considered to have reinvigorated contemporary Kant studies. His works on early modern philosophers are considered a model of dialectic engagement with historical figures.

He has also written extensively on philosophy of mind, events, conditionals, and consequentialist ethics.

Bennett's website is devoted to making the texts of early modern philosophers more accessible to today's students.


  • 1989 (1964). Rationality. Hackett.
  • 1966. Kant’s Analytic. Cambridge Univ. Press.
  • 1971. Locke, Berkeley, Hume: Central Themes. Oxford Univ. Press.
  • 1974. Kant’s Dialectic. Cambridge Univ. Press.
  • 1990 (1976). Linguistic Behaviour. Hackett.
  • 1984. A Study of Spinoza’s Ethics. Hackett.
  • 1988. Events and their Names. Hackett.
  • 1995. The Act Itself. Oxford Univ. Press.
  • 2001. Learning from Six Philosophers. Oxford Univ. Press.
  • 2003. A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals. Oxford Univ. Press.


External links

  • [1] - "Translations" by Bennett of philosophical classics of the English language into contemporary English. Also works in Latin, French and German.