Dr Mario Von Der Ruhr
Honorary Senior Lecturer
College of Arts and Humanities
Telephone: (01792) 602376
Room: Office - 028
Ground Floor
James Callaghan
Singleton Campus

From 1981-1984, he read Philosophy and Theology at King's College London, graduating with a B.A. Honours degree and A.K.C. (Associate of King's College) in 1984. In the following year (1984-1985), he studied Philosophy, Sociology and Educational Science at the Universities of Bielefeld and Berlin (Germany). In 1985, he embarked on an M.Phil. research programme in Contemporary Moral Theory and Political Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews. In 1987, he returned to the Free University of Berlin for further studies of Philosophy, Sociology, and Educational Theory. In the summer of 1988, he transferred to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA), for a Ph.D.in Philosophy and, in 1992, was appointed Lecturer in Philosophy at Swansea. He joined the Department of Political and Cultural Studies in the autumn of 2009.


  1. “Transcending the World: Wittgenstein, God, and the Usayable". In (pp. 1London/Berlin/New York: Springer.
  2. (2012). THE AMERICAN CATHOLIC PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY Vol. 85, No.4, Special Wittgenstein Issue. (American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly No. 85). Charlottesville (USA): Philosophy Documentation Center.
  3. "Christianity and the Errors of our Time: Simone Weil on Atheism and Idolatry". In Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement Vol. 68. (pp. 203-227). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  4. “Lucky Pagans and Unfortunate Believers: Wittgensteinian Construals of Religious Faith”. In (pp. 1Krakow: Libron.
  5. The Divided Self: Wittgenstein, Kafka, Kaufman and Human Nature". In (pp. 66-89). Lexington, Kentucky (USA): University Press of Kentucky.

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