Andrew Irvine


Office: ART 309
Phone: 250.807.9704

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Courses & Teaching

Introduction to philosophy, logic, philosophy of law.


Andrew Irvine received his Ph.D. from the University of Sydney for work in the Department of Traditional and Modern Philosophy on mathematical truth and scientific realism. Since then he has published and lectured on topics in the philosophy of mathematics, the history and philosophy of logic, and the philosophy of law. He is especially interested in the work of the twentieth-century philosopher, essayist and social critic, Bertrand Russell.

A Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, he is co-author of the logic textbook “Argument” and author of the stage play “Socrates on Trial”.

He has taught in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and in the Department of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh and at the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) at Standford University.

He serves on the boards of directors of several charitable organizations and is a past Vice-Chair of the UBC Board of Governors.

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PhD University of Sydney
MA University of Western Ontario
BA University of Saskatchewan

Research Interests & Projects

Current research includes work on Bertrand Russell, censorship, and the rule of law.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Selected Books

David Stove, What’s Wrong with Benevolence (editor), New York: Encounter Books, 2011, ISBN 978-1-59403-523-4.

Philosophy of Mathematics (editor), North-Holland: Elsevier, 2009. ISBN-10: 0-444-51555-0.

Socrates on Trial, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-8020-9783-5 (cloth); 978-0-8020-9538-1 (paper).

In the Agora (edited with John Russell), Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006, ISBN 0-8020-3895-6 (cloth); 0-8020-3817-4 (paper).

Mistakes of Reason (edited with Kent Peacock), Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005, ISBN 0-8020-3866-2.

Argument: Critical Thinking, Logic and the Fallacies (with John Woods and Douglas Walton), Toronto: Prentice Hall, 2000, ISBN 0-13-085115-9; Second Edition, Toronto: Prentice Hall, 2004, ISBN 0-13-039938-8.

David Stove, On Enlightenment (editor), New Brunswick, USA, and London, UK: Transaction Publishers (Rutgers), 2003, ISBN 0-7658-0136-1.

Bertrand Russell: Critical Assessments (editor), 4 vols, London: Routledge, 1999, ISBN 0-415-13054-9.

  • Vol. 1: Bertrand Russell — Life, Work and Influence, ISBN 0-415-13055-7.
  • Vol. 2: Bertrand Russell — Logic and Mathematics, ISBN 0-415-13056-5.
  • Vol. 3: Bertrand Russell — Language, Knowledge and the World, ISBN 0-415-13057-3.
  • Vol. 4: Bertrand Russell — History of Philosophy, Ethics, Education, Religion and Politics, ISBN 0-415-13058-1.

Russell and Analytic Philosophy (edited with G.A. Wedeking), Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993, ISBN 0-8020-2875-6.

Physicalism in Mathematics (editor), University of Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science, Vol. 45, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1990, ISBN 0-7923-0513-2.

Selected Articles
“Socrates, Democracy, Dialectic,” in Anna Lazou (ed.), Socrates and Dialectic: On the Diachronicity of “Thinking Philosophically,” Athens: Linos Association/World Philosophy Net, 2020

“Origins of the Rule of Law,” in David F. Hardwick and Leslie Marsh (eds), Reclaiming Liberalism, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, 179-217

“Bertrand Russell: Science and Philosophy,” The Times Literary Supplement, 02 October 2018,

“John Buchan and the Universities,” The John Buchan Journal, no. 51 (2018), 8-21

“Is Scientific Progress Inevitable?” in Eric Henderson, Becoming an Active Reader, 2nd edn, Toronto: Oxford University Press Canada, 2016, 162-5

“David Armstrong and Australian Materialism / David Armstrong: A Reader’s Guide,” Quadrant, vol. 58 (2014), no. 3 (March), 36-39, 40-41 ( magazine/2014/03)

Journal of Applied Logic, vol. 11 (2013), 523-529

“Frege on Number Properties,” Studia Logica, vol. 96 (2010), pp. 239-260.

“Bertrand Russell’s Logic,” in Dov M. Gabbay and John Woods (eds), Handbook of the History of Logic, Volume 5: Logic from Russell to Church, Amsterdam: Elsevier / North-Holland, 2009, pp. 1-28.

“Aristotle on the Rule of Law” (with Steve Wexler), Polis, vol. 23 (2006), no.1, pp.116-138.

“National Security, State Secrecy and Public Accountability” (with Jason Gratl), University of New Brunswick Law Journal, vol. 55 (2006), pp. 251-271.

“Bertrand Russell,” in Sahotra Sarkar and Jessica Pheifer (eds), The Philosophy of Science: An Encyclopedia, vol. 2, New York: Routledge, 2006, pp. 715-723.

“Russell on Method”, in Godehard Link (ed.), One Hundred Years of Russell’s Paradox, Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter Publishing Company, 2004, pp. 481-500.

“Aristotle’s Early Logic” (with John Woods), in Dov M. Gabbay and John Woods (eds), Handbook of the History of Logic, Vol. 1: Greek, Indian and Arabic Logic, Amsterdam: Elsevier / North-Holland, 2004, pp. 27-99.

“Bertrand Russell’s Logicism” (with Martin Godwyn), in Nicholas Griffin (ed.), Cambridge Companion to Bertrand Russell, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 171-201.

“Let Truth and Falsehood Grapple”, University of Toronto Quarterly, vol. 67 (1998), no. 2, pp. 549-566.

“Bertrand Russell and Academic Freedom”, Russell, n.s. vol. 16 (1996), no. 1, pp. 5-36.

“Philosophy of Logic”, in S.G. Shanker (ed.), Philosophy of ScienceLogic and Mathematics in the Twentieth Century (Vol. 9 of The Routledge History of Philosophy), London: Routledge, 1996, pp. 9-49, 430-443.

“How Braess’ Paradox Solves Newcomb’s Problem”, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, vol. 7 (1993), no. 2, pp. 141-160;

Repr. in Peter Danielson (ed.), Modeling Rationality, Morality and Evolution (Vancouver Studies in Cognitive Science), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998, pp. 66-90.

“Gaps, Gluts, and Paradox”, in Bruce Hunter and Philip Hanson (eds), Return of the A priori — Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Supplementary Vol. 18 (1992), pp. 273-299.

“Thought Experiments in Scientific Reasoning”, in Tamara Horowitz and Gerry Massey (eds), Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy, Lanham: Roman and Littlefield, 1991, pp. 149-165.


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