Professor John Haldane

Professor of Philosophy of Education

Professor John Haldane

Advisor to the Ethics Hub.

Areas of expertise: Philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, educational theory, and theological issues.


John Haldane is Professor of Philosophy of Education at ACU and is leading an important Catholic educational, cultural and societal project, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Melbourne and Catholic Education Melbourne. Professor Haldane will engage in research and academic writing along with public and media events, seminars and initiatives around the themes of the project, including the philosophy of education and the identity of Catholic schools.

Professor Haldane is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Chair of the Royal Institute of Philosophy in London, and a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life in Rome. He was named by the Tablet in 2018 as one of the 50 most influential Catholic minds in the world, and by the Catholic Herald in 2019 as one of the ‘Catholics of Today’.

He writes regularly for both secular and Catholic media and has appeared extensively on BBC radio and television, and on the ABC in Australia. He has held many visiting professorships and is in constant demand around the world as a lecturer, public speaker, media presenter and conversationalist.

For the past five years Professor Haldane has held the J. Newton Rayzor Sr Distinguished Chair in Philosophy at Baylor University in Texas. He has taught at the University of St Andrews since 1983, holding a number of senior positions in the University, including Director of the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs. During this period, he delivered the Stanton Lectures, University of Cambridge; Gifford Lectures, University of Aberdeen; Joseph Lectures, Gregorian University; McDonald Lectures, University of Oxford; and the Kaminski Lectures, Catholic University of Lublin. He has held many Visiting Professorships and is in constant demand around the world as a lecturer, public speaker, media presenter and conversationalist.

While St Andrews remains his permanent home and he continues there as Professor of Moral Philosophy Emeritus, he will be working at ACU part-time for four years, commencing July 2020. He will be located within the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy on the Melbourne Campus.




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