Inaugural Symposium

Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University

John Haldane to Speak on Virtue and Faith Life

John Joseph Haldane

John Haldane is a professor of philosophy and director of the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He has taught at several universities in Great Britain and in the United States, and has lectured widely.

Haldane pioneered the Analytical Thomism movement in the 1990s that explores the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas and its relevance to modern philosophical ideas. He has witten numerous books, including Practical Philosophy, Atheism and Theism (with J.J.C. Smart), Faithful Reason, and Reasonable Faith.

He has lectured at the Thomistic Institute at the University of Notre Dame and has edited the Journal of Medieval Philosophy and Theology. He also edited the six-volume Modern Writings on Thomism. He is a papal adviser to the Vatican.

Haldane attended Hamilton Park School, John Ogilvie Hall Preparatory School and St. Aloysius' College, Glasgow. Later, he studied at the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Rochester, Kent, and the Wimbledon School of Art in London for a B.A. in fine art in 1975. He received a B.A. in philosophy from Birkbeck College, of the University of London in 1980; a P.G.C.E. from the London University Institute of Education in 1976, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of London in 1984.

Haldane's philosophical research interests include philosophy of mind, intentionality, the nature of concepts, the ownership of thoughts, and the nature of persons. He also has written on the history of philosophy, most particularly the medieval period, and theoretical and normative issues in social and political philosophy, ethics, and aesthetics.

Haldane's writings and speaking also touches upon artistic, educational, and theological issues approached through the methods of those disciplines rather than through philosophy. For example, his work explores the role and forms of art and spiritual education, and the sources and function of doctrine.

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