Alastair Hannay

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Alastair Hannay
Born 2 June 1932
Plymouth, UK
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Continental
Main interests
Ethics, history of philosophy, existentialism
Notable ideas
Focus on and from the first person

Alastair Hannay (born 1932) is Professor emeritus at the University of Oslo. Educated in Edinburgh, where his early interest in philosophy was roused by John Macmurray, and London, where he studied under A. J. Ayer and Bernard Williams. In his published doctoral dissertation "Mental Images - A Defence" (1971) Hannay argues that visual images, like physical portraits, resemble visible objects. As a kind of sensation a mental image has material properties of its own which allow it to picture. He thus contradicts Gilbert Ryle and Daniel Dennett. Hannay has translated Søren Kierkegaard, and written an intellectual biography and a monograph about his philosophy. Under Hannay's direction (managing editor 1962-71, editor 1971-2002), Inquiry grew into a widely read philosophical journal. In Human Consciousness (1990), Hannay reviews contemporary theories of human consciousness while maintaining a characteristic conservatism. Hannay argues that consciousness and the first-person point of view cannot be analysed or displaced by scientific materialism, nor can they be explained functionally, a view close to that of Thomas Reid, William Hamilton, and Ferrier.[1] Hannay's book "The Public" (2004) brings several Kierkegaardian insights to bear on contemporary political life and examines the roles of the 'public' as audience as well as political participant. Hannay is also a member of a team translating Kierkegaard's complete journals and notebooks.



  • Alastair Hannay, and Gordon D. Marino (editors), The Cambridge Companion to Kierkegaard, Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998, ISBN 0-521-47719-0.
  • -------- Human Consciousness (Problems of Philosophy Their Past and Present)", Routledge (November 1990), ISBN 0-415-03299-7.
  • --------, Kierkegaard (The Arguments of the Philosophers), Routledge; New Edition (December 1999), ISBN 0-415-06365-5.
  • --------, Kierkegaard: A Biography, Cambridge University Press, New edition 2003, ISBN 0-521-53181-0
  • --------, Kierkegaard and Philosophy: Selected Essays, London; New York: Routledge, paperback 2006. (E-book version)
  • --------, and Bruce H. Kirmmse, Niels Jorgen Cappelorn, George Pattison, Jon Stewart (editors), Søren Kierkegaard (author), Kierkegaard's Journals and Notebooks: Volume I: Journals AA-DD, Princeton University Press, 2006, ISBN 0-691-09222-2.
  • --------, Mental Images: A Defence (Muirhead Library of Philosophy), Humanities Press/Routledge (1971, repr. 2002), ISBN 0-04-100030-7.
  • --------, On the Public, Routledge; 1 edition, (July 13, 2005), ISBN 0-415-32792-X.
  • -------- and Andrew Feenberg (editors), Technology and the Politics of Knowledge (Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Technology), Indiana University Press (May 1995), ISBN 0-253-20940-4.



  • Hannay, Alastair, "Translating Kierkegaard", in J. Lippitt and G. Pattison (eds.), "The Oxford Handbook of Kierkegaard", Oxford UP, 2013, ISBN 978-0-19-960130-1.
  • --------, “Kierkegaard: the Pathologist,” in Enrahonar, 29, 1998, pp. 109–114.
  • --------, “Kierkegaardian Despair and the Irascible Soul,” in Kierkegaard Studies – Yearbook, 1997, pp. 51–69.
  • –––––––––, “Basic Despair in the Sickness Unto Death,” in Kierkegaard Studies-Yearbook, 1996, pp. 15–32.
  • --------, “Paradigmatic Despair and the Quest for a Kierkegaardian Anthropology,” in Kierkegaard Studies-Yearbook, 1996, pp. 149–163.
  • –––––––––, "Conscious Episodes and Ceteris Paribus", The Monist, 78:4, 1995, pp. 447-463.
  • --------, "Consciousness and the Experience of Freedom," in John Searle and His Critics, (Philosophers and their Critics) by Ernest Lepore (Editor), Walter Gulick (Editor), Wiley-Blackwell (April 15, 1993) ISBN 0-631-18702-2 , ISBN 978-0-631-18702-8
  • --------, "To See a Mental Image," in Mind, April 1973, pp. 161–182.
  • --------, "Wollheim and Seeing Black on White As A Picture," in British Journal of Aesthetics, 10, 1970, pp. 107–118.

Online articles[edit]

Online books[edit]

Online review[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hope 2005. p. 358.


  • Hope, Vincent (2005). Honderich, Ted, ed. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-926479-1.