Richard Holton arrived at MIT in the Fall of 2004. He graduated from University College, Oxford in 1984, having read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He was a graduate student at Nuffield College, Oxford (1984-5), and the Ecole normale superieur, Paris (1985-6), before starting a Ph.D. in philosophy at Princeton (1986-1991). He taught at Monash University, Melbourne (1990-6), was a research fellow in the Philosophy Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University (1997-8) and then taught at Sheffield University (1998-9), and the University of Edinburgh (1999-2004).
His doctoral dissertation was in the philosophy of language, and he continues to work in that area; but he is currently working mainly in moral psychology, ethics, and the philosophy of law.