Max Black (Philosopher) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Max Black

Max Black was a British-American philosopher, who was a leading figure in analytic philosophy in the years after World War II. He made contributions to the philosophy of language, the philosophy of mathematics and science, and the philosophy of art, also publishing studies of the work of philosophers such as Frege. His translation of Frege’s published philosophical writing is a classic text.

Born: February 24, 1909, Baku, Russian Empire
Died: August 27, 1988, Ithaca, New York, United States
Nationality: British, American (naturalized)
Alma mater: Queens’ College, Cambridge
Notable work: The Identity of Indiscernibles

About Max Black

An influential 20th-century analytic philosopher who contributed much to the philosophies of language, mathematics, science, and art.

Before Fame

He attended Queens’ College at the University of Cambridge. He was granted a fellowship upon graduating in 1930 that enabled him to spend a year studying at Göttingen.


He wrote a book that explored the Principia Mathematica, titled The Nature of Mathematics, in 1933.

Family Life

He was born in the Russian Empire, but his family relocated to London in 1912. His brother was Sir Misha Black.


He studied at the University of Cambridge while Ludwig Wittgenstein was teaching there.

Information related to Max Black

  • Metaphor theorists
  • Imperial Russian emigrants to the United Kingdom
  • Philosophers of language
  • Analytic philosophers
  • Philosophers of science
  • University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign faculty
  • Alumni of Queens’ College, Cambridge

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Latest information about Max Black updated on August 26, 2020.

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