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educator , writer

Mark Wrathall is professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside.


Wrathall, Mark Adam was born on February 1, 1965 in Provo, Utah, United States. Son of Donald Prior Wrathall and Anja Kalinen.


Juris Doctor, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1991. Doctor of Philosophy, University California, Berkeley, 1996.


He is considered a leading interpreter of the philosophy of Martin Heidegger. Wrathall is featured in Tao Ruspoli's film Being in the World. According to a recent reviewer of Wrathall's latest book, "Wrathall's writing is clear and comprehensive, ranging across virtually all of Heidegger's collected works.

Wrathall's overall interpretation of Heidegger's work is crystal clear, compelling, and relevant." Mark Wrathall received a BA in philosophy at Brigham Young University in 1988. In 1991, he received both a Juris Doctorate from Harvard and an MA in philosophy from Boston College. After clerking for Cecil F. Poole at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, he pursued a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley, graduating in 1996, where he was a student of the Heidegger scholar Hubert Dreyfus.

From 1994 to 1996 he was a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School. He taught at Brigham Young University from 1996 to 2006 (first in the political science department, then from 1999 in the philosophy department). From 2006 to the present he has been a professor at the University of California, Riverside.

Wrathall has also contributed to the philosophy of popular culture, editing a book on the philosophical themes found in the music of U2.


  • Bar: State Bar of California 1991.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (books) How to Read Heidegger. Editor: A Companion to Heidegger, A Companion to Phenomenology and Existentialism, Religion after Metaphysics, Appropriating Heidegger, Heidegger, Authenticity, and Modernity, Heidegger, Coping and Cognitive Science, U2 and Philosophy. Author: Heidegger on Truth, Language and History.


His main interests include phenomenology, existentialism, the philosophy of popular culture, and the philosophy of law.


Married Amy Sparks, August 11, 1988. Children: Hannah, Damon, Madeline, Nicholas.

Donald Prior Wrathall

Anja Kalinen

Amy Sparks

Hannah Wrathall

Damon Wrathall

Madeline Wrathall

Nicholas Wrathall