Horst Ruthrof

Professor Horst Ruthrof

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2013
  • Section(s): Philosophy And History Of Ideas, History, English


Horst Ruthrof is considered one of Australia’s leading literary theorists and philosophers of language, whose work ranges from the study of narrative form and the phenomenology of literature to more recent accounts of the corporeal basis of semantics. Despite his retirement in 2004, Emeritus Professor Ruthrof continues to publish extensively. His latest book is Language and Imaginability (2014) and his most recent paper, ‘Implicit Deixis’, appeared in Language Sciences in 2015, arguing the case of ‘voice’ beyond speech-act theory. In addition to his own research career, Professor Ruthrof established the Literature Program at Murdoch University in 1975 on theoretical principles and has been a distinguished supervisor of postgraduate students, nurturing a generation of young academics.

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