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Anthony O'Hear OBE (born 1942 in Cleethorpes[1]) is a British philosopher. He is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Buckingham and Head of the Department of Education.

He is Honorary Director of the Royal Institute of Philosophy and editor of its journal Philosophy. He is also editor emeritus of The Fortnightly Review's new series.

O’Hear was a Government special adviser on education for approximately ten years. He was especially influential during the time of Margaret Thatcher and John Major as Prime Minister when he was teaching at Bradford University. He continues to be active in conservative circles, especially in advocating social conservatism. His relationship with New Labour was more troubled. Tony Blair dismissed him as an "old-fashioned snob" for his views on Diana, Princess of Wales (views which obtained substantial media coverage).[2][3] He has, however, endorsed the cultural policies of the Attlee government.[4]


His publications include:

  • Karl Popper (1980)
  • What Philosophy Is (1985)
  • The Element of Fire (1989)
  • An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (1990)
  • Beyond Evolution (1997)
  • After Progress (1999)
  • Introducing Christianity (2000)
  • Philosophy in the New Century (2001)
  • Plato's Children (2006)
  • The Great Books: From The Iliad and The Odyssey to Goethe's Faust: A journey through 2,500 years of the West's classic literature (2007)


  1. ^ Find My Past website
  2. ^ Gibson, Robert (April 19, 1998). "Blair's Blast at the Diana `Snobs'". Sunday Mirror (London, England). Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  3. ^ 1998. Author defends Diana criticism, BBC.
  4. ^ 1998 Spectator article

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