John Haldane is Professor of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews and Director of the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs. He is Chairman of the Royal Institute of Philosophy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and of the Royal Society of Arts.
He has held the Royden Davis Chair in Humanities at Georgetown University, US and been Stanton Lecturer in Cambridge University, Gifford Lecturer at Aberdeen University, Joseph Lecturer at the Gregorian University in Rome and MacDonald Lcturer in the University of Oxford.
John has published some 200 academic papers in history of philosophy, philosophy of the mind, metaphysics, and moral and social philosophy. He is co-author of Atheism and Theism 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) (Routledge); and a volume on ethics entitled Practical Philosophy (2009). He also has two collections intended for general readers: Seeking Meaning and Making Sense (2008), and The Church and the World (2008) – a follow up to Seeking Meaning, Arts and Minds will be published in 2012.
In addition to his academic work, John also writes for newspapers and periodicals and appears on radio and television. For several years he contributed a monthly ‘Credo’ column in The Times, as well as publishing in the Herald, the Sunday Herald and the Scotsman. He has also written on art for Art Book, 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.
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