John Haldane was educated in Scotland by the Jesuits and in London at the University of the Arts (Wimbledon College) and London University. He has two BA degrees in Fine Art, and in Philosophy, and a PhD in Philosophy. He has also taught art in London, and been a Visiting Lecturer in the Architecture School of the University of Westminster, as well as a Fellow of the Henry Moore Institute.
He is the J. Newton Rayzor Snr Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University in Texas and Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He is also Visiting Professor in Philosophy of Education at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Chair of the Royal Institute of Philosophy in London. He has also held the Royden Davis Chair in Humanities at Georgetown University, Washington DC, and visiting fellowships at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Oxford, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame universities.
He has delivered the Gifford Lecture at Aberdeen University, the Stanton Lecture at Cambridge University, the Kaminsky Lecture at Lublin, the MacDonald Lecture at Oxford University, and the Joseph Lecture at the Gregorian University in Rome. He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Culture and served for 10 years as such, and as a member of the Pontifical Academies of Life, and of Thomas Aquinas, all at the Vatican.
A proponent of analytical approaches to the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, Prof. Haldane’s books include Atheism and Theism; An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Religion; Faithful Reason: Essays Catholic and Philosophical; Reasonable Faith; and Seeking Meaning and Making Sense. He has appeared on many BBC radio and television programs and contributed to The Times, and other newspapers and written widely for commentary, art and religious periodicals.
He holds honorary degrees from St Anselm College, NH, Glasgow University, Scotland, and the University of Notre Dame in Australia. In 2016, Best Schools named him one of ‘the 50 most influential living philosophers’ and in 2018 the international Catholic weekly The Tablet named him one of the 50 most influential Catholics.