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About John Haldane

As of 2015-16 John Haldane is J. Newton Rayzor Sr Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University, in Texas.

Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in the state. It began offering the PhD in philosophy in the 2001-2002 school year and currently about 27 PhD students are actively working on the degree.  Instituting the PhD in philosophy was part of a university-wide development plan which called for the university to become a first-rate research university while enhancing and widening its commitment to the Christian tradition.

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Since 1994 he has been Professor of Moral Philosophy at St Andrews University, Director of the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs (since 1984)  and formerly Head of the School of Philosophy, Anthropology, Film and Music. He continues part-time as a professor of philosophy at St Andrews and as co-director of CEPPA.

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Besides his positions at Baylor and St Andrews he is a visiting professor in the Jubilee Center for Character and Virtues at Birmingham University. He has held the Royden Davis Chair in Humanities at Georgetown University, Washington DC; and been Stanton Lecturer in Cambridge University, Gifford Lecturer in Aberdeen University,  Joseph Lecturer at the Gregorian University, Rome, and MacDonald Lecturer in Oxford University.


He has also held fellowships at the universities of Edinburgh, Oxford, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame, and is an ongoing Senior Fellow of the Center for Ethics and Culture at Notre Dame, and Senior Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton.

He is also Chair of the Royal Institute of Philosophy in London, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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John Haldane has published some 200 academic papers covering areas such as the history of philosophy, philosophy of the mind, metaphysics, and moral and social philosophy.  He is the co-author of Atheism and Theism  listed in Blackwell’s ‘Tomorrow’s Classics’ list, and author of An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Religion (Duckworth).  He has produced two volumes of essays on philosophy and religion entitled Faithful Reason (2006) and Reasonable Faith (2010) both published by Routledge; and a volume on ethics entitle Practical Philosophy (2009).  He has published two collections intended for general readers: Seeking Meaning and Making Sense (2008), and The Church and the World (2008).

In addition to his academic work, John Haldane also writes for newspapers and periodicals and appears on radio and television.  For several years he contributed a monthly ‘Credo’ column in the (London) Times, as well as publishing in the Herald, the Sunday Herald and the Scotsman. He also writes art reviews and articles for Art Book, Art and Christianity, Art Monthly, Burlington Magazine, Modern Painters, and other international art journals. In that connection he is a former fellow of the Henry Moore Institute established for the study of twentieth century British sculpture. He is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio.

John Haldane has served on several committees of enquiry including UK Victim Support Working Party on Victim Compensation; the Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Party on Genetics and Mental Disorder, and a Scottish National Health Service Working Party on Taking Difficult Decisions in Health Care. He has been a member of the Philosophy, Law and Religious Studies panel of the UK National Arts and Humanities and Research Board.

He is a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Culture and a Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and of the Pontifical Academy for Thomas Aquinas.

John Haldane is married to Hilda and they have four children.