John Joseph Haldane


  • KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

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Research overview

1. Central issues in philosophy of mind: intentionality, the nature of concepts, the ownership of thoughts, action explanation, physicalism, reductionism, and the nature of persons.

2. The history of philosophy: most particularly the medieval period (especially Aquinas) and the influence of scholasticism in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and value theory; and eighteenth century responses to scepticism (especially Reid).

3. Theoretical and normative issues in social and political philosophy, ethics and aesthetics: including liberalism (its varieties and rivals), the nature and justification of education, the (im)permissibility of killing; and the natural and built environments.

4. Artistic, educational, and theological issues: approached through the methods of those disciplines rather than through philosophy. For example, the role and forms of art and spiritual education, the sources and function of doctrine.

Other expertise

Additional areas of research are in theology and religious studies (especially relating to Catholicism), and the philosophy of art, art history and criticism.

Future research

Future research will be in the areas of history of philosophy, mind and metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and social philosophy.

Academic/Professional Qualification

BA, Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA); PGCE, University of London; BA, Philosophy, University of London; PhD, University of London.


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