John Joseph Haldane

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John Joseph Haldane
Born (1954-02-19) 19 February 1954 (age 60)
Era 20th-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Analytic philosophy, Thomism
Main interests
philosophy of mind, ethics, history of philosophy

John Joseph Haldane KHS FRSE FRSA (born 19 February 1954) is a Scottish philosopher, commentator and broadcaster. He is a Papal Adviser to the Vatican.[1] He is credited with coining the term Analytical Thomism, and is himself a Thomist in the analytic tradition.[citation needed] Haldane is associated with The Veritas Forum.


Haldane attended Hamilton Park School, John Ogilvie Hall Preparatory School and St. Aloysius' College, Glasgow. Later, he studied at the Kent Institute of Art & Design in Rochester, Kent, and the Wimbledon School of Art in London for a BA in Fine Art in 1975.

He received a BA in Philosophy from Birkbeck College, of the University of London in 1980; a PGCE from the London University Institute of Education in 1976, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of London in 1984. He holds honorary degrees from Saint Anselm College, New Hampshire, USA and from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He was named one of Scotland's 'Brights' in a list of the 50 top Scottish intellectuals, artists, lawyers, scientists, etc. (Herald Magazine, 2001).


Haldane spent his childhood in Scotland. In 1980 he was married to his wife Hilda at Westminster Cathedral and they have four children: Kirsty (b. 1988), James (b. 1990), Alice (b. 1992), and John (b. 1994).


He has been a visiting lecturer in the School of Architecture of the University of Westminster, at the Medical School of the University of Dundee, at the University of Malta, at the Thomistic Institute at the University of Notre Dame, at the University of Aberdeen, at Denison University, at the University of St Thomas, at The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, and the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. He held the Royden Davis Chair of Humanities at Georgetown University, and delivered the Gifford Lectures at the University of Aberdeen[2] in 2003-04, and the Joseph Lectures at the Gregorian University in Rome.

He was appointed to the University of St Andrews in 1983 where he has held a lectureship, a readership and as of 1994 is University Professor in Philosophy. From 1988 to 2000 and from 2002 to the present he has been Director of the University Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs. In addition, he has held fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh, University of Edinburgh, St John's College, Oxford, Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green State University and at the Centre for the Study of Sculpture in Leeds, England.

Cultural and artistic interests[edit]

Haldane has simultaneously pursued a career in the cultural sphere. He is a regular contributor to renowned publications including The Burlington Magazine, Modern Painters, Tate, and Art Monthly, et al.

Television work[edit]

The majority of Haldane's television work is for the BBC. He has contributed to a number of programmes including The Heart of the Matter: God Under the Microscope, Newsnight, and Twenty Four Hours. He has also produced work for ITV and PBS.


In addition to his former position as a regularly contributing columnist, Haldane has offered opinions and contributed articles to periodicals including The Times, Daily Telegraph, The Scotsman, New Statesman, The Herald, Sunday Herald, Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Contemporary Review, and Economist Information Strategy.

Radio broadcasts[edit]

Haldane's radio work includes contributions to the following stations:

  • BBC Radio Three: Nightwaves, The Brains Trust, Concert Intermission Talks
  • BBC Radio Four: Afternoon Shift, In Our Time, Moral Maze, Today Programme, Start the Week, and Sunday Programme.
  • BBC Radio Scotland: Benchmark, Colin Bell Programme, Colin McKay Programme, Good Morning Scotland, Personal Touch, Realms of Engagement, Speaking Out, Thought for the Day, The Usual Suspects and Values Added.
  • BBC World Service: Agenda, Matter for Debate, Newsround, and The World Today.
  • ABC (Australia): Late Night Live, and National Breakfast Programme
  • USA Public Service Radio



  • Atheism and Theism. Co-authored with J.J.C. Smart. (Blackwell, 1996) Listed by Blackwell in its 'Tomorrow's Classics' leaflet.
  • An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Religion. (London: Duckworth, 2003)
  • Faithful Reason. (London: Routledge, 2004)
  • Seeking Meaning and Making Sense. (Exeter: ImprintAcademic, 2008)
  • Church and World. (Leominster: Gracewing, 2008)
  • Practical Philosophy. (Exeter: ImprintAcademic, 2009)
  • Reasonable Faith. (London: Routledge, 2010)

Edited works[edit]

  • Mind, Causation and Action. Co-edited with Roger Squires and Leslie Stevenson (Oxford: Blackwell, 1986).
  • Philosophy, Conservation and the Environment (St Andrews: CPPA, 1989).
  • Logical Necessity and Other Essays. Co-edited with Roger Scruton (London: Aristotelian Society, 1990).
  • James Frederick Ferrier by E. Haldane (Bristol: Thoemmes, 1991).
  • Reality, Representation and Projection. Co-edited with Crispin Wright (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993).
  • Philosophers and Philosophies: Special Issue of The Philosophical Quarterly (1993).
  • Analytical Thomism: Issue of The Monist (1997).
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (London: Routledge, 1998).
  • Modern Painters in Scotland: Special feature in Modern Painters (1999).
  • Philosophy and Public Affairs (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000).
  • Thomas Reid Special: Issue of the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (2000).
  • Demarco: Philosophy and Art (Kingston: Kingston University, 2000).
  • Mind, Metaphysics and Value in the Thomistic and Analytical Traditions (Notre Dame, IN: UNDP, 2002).
  • The Philosophy of Thomas Reid. Co-edited with Stephen Read (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002).
  • Spirituality, Philosophy and Education. Co-edited with David Carr (London: RoutledgeFalmer, 2003)
  • Modern Writings on Thomism (Bristol: Thoemmes/Continuum, 2003)
  • Values, Education and the Human World (Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2004).
  • Philosophy and its Public Role. Co-edited with W. Aiken. (Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2004).
  • Hume on Mind and Causality: Issue of the Journal of Scottish Philosophy (2007).
  • Scottish Philosophy: Issue of The Monist (2007).



  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Gifford Lectures John J. Haldane biography
  3. ^ The Witherspoon Institute

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