Philosopher, critic, and public intellectual Mark Kingwell was born in Toronto in 1963 and grew up on air force bases across Canada before attending the University of Toronto (BA, 1985). After studying at the University of Edinburgh (M. Litt., 1987) and Yale University (M. Phil., 1989; PhD, 1991), he returned to the University of Toronto, where he is now professor of philosophy and fellow of Trinity College. Professor Kingwell has held visiting posts at Cambridge University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Chicago, and the City University of New York, where he was Weissman Distinguished Visiting Professor of Humanities. He has been, since 2001, a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine in New York.
His recent works include the linked essay collections Unruly Voices (2012) and Measure Yourself Against the Earth (2015), and a book about baseball, Fail Better (2017). His most recent works are Nach der Arbeit (‘After Work’, 2018) and a book investigating the politics of boredom, Wish I Were Here: Boredom and the Interface (2019).
Professor Kingwell is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards and two Best Canadian Essays selections. In 2000 he was made honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Royal Society of Arts (United Kingdom). When he is not engaged in academic philosophy, he likes to think while walking, fishing, watching baseball games, and mixing cocktails.