Lecturers & Authors

Antony Flew

Professor of Philosophy, York University, Toronto
1923 to 2010

Philosopher Antony Flew was born 11 February 1923, the son of a Methodist minister. He attended Kingswood School in Bath. During the Second World War he served in the Royal Air Force, studying Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies from 1942 to 1943, before joining RAF Intelligence until the cessation of hostilities in 1945.

William Warde Fowler

Tutor and Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford
1847 to 1921

William Warde Fowler, historian of Roman religion, was born at Langford Budville, Somerset on 16 May 1847. He was the second child of magistrate John Coke Fowler, who after the early death of his wife moved to South Wales and supplied his son’s early education. William was later sent to live with his grandfather so he could attend the school of Francis Kilvert at Bath. He was educated at Marlborough College (1860–1866) where he studied under Francis Edward Thompson.

Alexander Campbell Fraser

Professor of Logic and Metaphysic, University of Edinburgh
1819 to 1914

Philosopher and educator Alexander Campbell Fraser was born on 3 September 1819. He was the eldest son of Reverend Hugh Fraser the parish minister of Ardchattan in Argyllshire and Maria Helen the daughter of a neighbouring laird. After years of home schooling, Alexander entered the University of Glasgow at fourteen. He stayed there for one term before moving on to the University of Edinburgh in 1834, where he attended Sir William Hamilton’s inaugural lecture as Professor of Logic.

James George Frazer

Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Liverpool
1854 to 1941

Classical philosopher and anthropologist Sir James George Frazer was born in Glasgow, 1 January 1854, to Daniel F. Frazer, a pharmacist, and Katherine Brown of Helensburgh. The eldest of four children, Frazer was raised in a devout Presbyterian household. Schooled initially at Larchfield Academy, Helensburgh, and then at the University of Glasgow, where he graduated with an M.A. in 1869, Frazer was initiated early on into the tradition of classical studies. In Helensburgh and Glasgow he studied ancient philosophy and literature, which he continued at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Allan Douglas Galloway

Professor Emeritus of Divinity, University of Glasgow
1920 to 2006

Allan Douglas Galloway was Professor of Divinity at Glasgow University. He gave the Kerr Lectures at Glasgow University in 1966 and he delivered a series of Gifford Lectures in 1983–1984 also at Glasgow. His publications include The Cosmic Christ Basic Readings in Theology (editor 1964); Faith in a Changing Culture Kerr lectures delivered at Glasgow University (1966); a volume coedited with K. Gregor Smith entitled The Doctrine of God (1970) and a monograph on Wolfhart Pannenberg (1973).

Michael Gazzaniga

Professor of Psychology, University of California-Santa Barbara

Michael Gazzaniga, who coined the term “cognitive neuroscience” in the 1980s, is an American psychology professor and researcher who help inaugurate the study of links between the modular brain and its mental and perceptual functions. He has been professor of psychology at the University of California at Santa Barbara since 2006, and is director of the Sage Center for the Study of Mind.

Etienne Henri Gilson

Professor, College de France, Paris
1884 to 1978

Étienne Henri Gilson was born into a Roman Catholic family in Paris on 13 June 1884. He was educated at a number of Roman Catholic schools in Paris before attending lycée Henri IV in 1902, where he studied philosophy. Two years later he enrolled at the Sorbonne, graduating in 1907 after having studied under many fine scholars, including Lucien Lévy Bruhl, Henri Bergson and Emile Durkheim.

Lenn Evan Goodman

Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University

Lenn Evan Goodman was born 21 March 1944 to Calvin and Florence Goodman. An expert in both Jewish and Islamic though, he is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University.

He received his BA from Harvard (summa cum laude) in philosophy and Near Eastern languages and literatures. From 1965 to 1968 he was a Marshall Scholar at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He received his DPhil from Oxford University in 1968.

Charles Gore

Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford
1853 to 1932

Charles Gore was born in 1853 in Wimbledon to the Honorable Charles Alexander Gore, the brother of the fourth Earl of Arran, and to the daughter of the fourth Earl of Bessborough. He was educated at Harrow and at Balliol College, Oxford, and was elected fellow of Trinity College, Oxford, in 1875. From 1880 to 1883, he was vice-principal of the theological college at Cuddesdon and then, in 1884, when Pusey House was founded at Oxford as a home for Dr Pusey’s library and as a centre for the propagation of his thought, Gore was appointed principal, a title which he held until 1893.

Adolf Grünbaum

Andrew Mellon Professor of Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
1923 to 2018

Adolf Grünbaum was born on 15 May 1923 in Cologne Germany. In 1938 he emigrated to the United States and naturalised in 1944. He earned his BA from Wesleyan University Connecticut in 1943. From 1944 to 1946 he served in the U.S. Army. Following the war he earned his MS in physics from Yale University in 1948. He married Thelma Braverman on 26 June 1949.

Henry Melvill Gwatkin

Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Cambridge
1844 to 1916

Born 30 July 1844 in Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire, Henry Melvill Gwatkin excelled in his early academic studies. The second son of Revd Richard Gwatkin and Ann Middleton studied for seven years at Shrewsbury School. Overcoming a childhood bout of scarlet fever, Gwatkin excelled in his studies. His academic prowess earned him a scholarship to St John’s College, Cambridge, in 1863, where he received three first classes in 1867. The following year he received the only first in theology and was duly elected a fellow of the college.

John S. Habgood

The Most Reverend and Right Honorable Archbishop of York
1927 to 2019

John (Stapylton) Habgood was born on 23 June 1927 at Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire where his father was a general practitioner. He was educated at Eton College (1941–1945) and then went straight to King’s College Cambridge on a State Bursary where he read the natural sciences tripos (physics, chemistry, physiology and mathematics in part 1 and physiology in part 2) and obtained a double first. The college awarded him a major scholarship, plus a research studentship, which he used for research on the physiology of pain.

John Haldane

Director Center for Ethics Philosophy and Public Affairs, University of St. Andrews

‘Only an incarnational anthropology such as that proposed by Aquinas can adequately explain the subjectivity of Heidegger’s Dasein and its very existence’ John Haldane has argued. Haldane is an individual able to wind together a medieval theology thread with one from social science and another from philosophy. Educated at the Wimbledon School of Art he received a BA in 1975 and another in philosophy in 1980 at the University of London. Four years later he was awarded a PhD also in philosophy.

John Scott Haldane

Fellow of New College, Oxford
1860 to 1936

British physiologist and philosopher John Scott Haldane was born on 3 May 1860 in Edinburgh, Scotland, fourth son of Robert Haldane by his second wife, Mary Elizabeth. His father was Writer to the Signet of Cloanden (later called Cloan), in Auchterarder, Perthshire.

Richard Burdon Haldane

Member of Parliament
1856 to 1928

Amateur geologist, outdoor enthusiast, trained in law, scholar in philosophy, MP—if anyone could be termed a Renaissance man, it would be Richard Burdon Haldane, born in 1856 to a well-known family of Gleneagles. Haldane’s inquisitive nature expressed itself early on. At sixteen, he was already studying at Edinburgh University. Two years later, he spent a formative six months studying philosophy and geology in Göttingen, Germany.

Alister Hardy

Professor Emeritus of Zoology, Oxford
1896 to 1985

Alister Clavering Hardy was born on 10 February 1896 in Nottingham England. His parents were Elizabeth Clavering and architect Richard Hardy. He was educated at Oundle School a boarding school in Peterborough. In 1914 he enrolled at Exeter College Oxford to study forestry.

John Hare

Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology, Yale Divinity School

John Edmund Hare was born 26 July 1949 the son of British utilitarian philosopher and Oxford professor R. M. Hare. Dr. Hare is a classicist ethicist and currently Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School.

Peter Harrison

Australian Laureate Fellow and Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities

Born in 1955 in Australia, Peter Harrison is an Australian Laureate Fellow and Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Queensland. He is an intellectual historian of the early modern period, particularly interested in the relationship between science, philosophy, and religion. Peter Harrison holds two doctorates: one a DLitt from the University of Oxford, the other a PhD from the University of Queensland. He holds master's degrees from Oxford and Yale.

Stanley M. Hauerwas

Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke University

Born 24 July 1940 Hauerwas was educated at Yale Divinity School (BD 1965) and Yale University Graduate School (MA MPhil PhD 1968). He has since taught at Notre Dame and is presently Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School.

Brian Hebblethwaite

Queens' College, Cambridge, England

The Reverend Canon Brian Leslie Hebblethwaite, philosophical theologian, was born in Bristol, England, on 3 January 1939 to local politician Cyril Hebblethwaite (Lord Mayor of Bristol, 1966–1967), and his wife, Annie Sarah (née Nash). Hebblethwaite entered Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1957, graduating B.A. in 1961 and M.A. in 1967. He also studied at Magdalene College, Cambridge, completing B.A. (1963), M.A. (1968) and B.D. (1984) degrees.