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John Haldane

John Haldane is Professor of Philosophy of Education at Australian Catholic University. John was educated in Scotland by the Jesuits, and in England at University of the Arts and University of London. He has BAs in Fine Art and Philosophy, and a PhD in Philosophy. John has also taught art in London and been a visiting lecturer at University of Westminster’s School of Architecture and Cities, as well as a Fellow of the Henry Moore Institute.

He was the J Newton Rayzor Snr Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University in Texas and is Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at University of St Andrews in Scotland. John is also Professor of Virtue Theory at University of Birmingham’s Jubilee Centre.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and former chair of the Royal Institute of Philosophy in London. John has also held the Royden Davis Chair in Humanities at Georgetown University, and visiting fellowships at Edinburgh, Oxford, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame universities.

He has delivered the Gifford Lectures at Aberdeen, the Stantons at Cambridge, the Kaminskis at Lublin, the McDonalds at Oxford and the Joseph Lectures at the Gregorian in Rome. John was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI consultor to the Pontifical Council for Culture and served for 10 years, and is a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and the Pontifical Academy of St Thomas Aquinas, all at the Vatican.

A proponent of analytical approaches to the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, John’s books include An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Religion (2003); Faithful Reason: Essays Catholic and philosophical (2004); Seeking Meaning and Making Sense (2008); and Reasonable Faith (2010). He has appeared on many radio and television programs, contributed to The Times and other newspapers, and written widely for commentary, art and religious periodicals.

John holds honorary degrees from Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, the University of Glasgow in Scotland and The University of Notre Dame Australia. In 2016, TheBestSchools named him one of ‘the 50 most influential living philosophers’ and, in 2018, international Catholic weekly The Tablet named him one of the 50 most influential Catholics.