Lecturers & Authors

Mary Brenda Hesse

Professor of Philosophy of Science, Cambridge

Mary B. Hesse was born on 15 October 1924 in Reigate England. She was educated at the Imperial College of Science and Technology London and received her PhD there in 1948. She also earned a MS from University College London in 1949.

John Harwood Hick

Professor of Philosophy of Religion, Emeritus, Claremont Graduate University

John Harwood Hick was born in Yorkshire in 1922. At the age of eighteen he experienced what he described as a ‘powerful evangelical conversion’ to Christianity while studying law at University College Hull. He consequently decided to move to Edinburgh University to study philosophy with a view to later training for ministry in the Presbyterian Church of England. However his second year of study was interrupted by the Second World War. A conscientious objector on religious grounds Hick opted to serve in the Friends’ Ambulance Unit rather than to join the military.

Ernest William Hobson

Sadlerian Professor of Pure Mathematics, Cambridge
1856 to 1933

Ernest William Hobson, eldest son of William Hobson (founder, part owner and editor of the regional newspaper Derbyshire Advertiser), was born 27 October 1856 in Derby. He spent his early schooling at Derby school where he showed little promise in his early years. However, this perception of him changed when, outstandingly, at the age of thirteen, he received a distinction in the Cambridge Junior Local Examinations in mathematics, natural sciences, French and music.

William Hocking

Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University
1873 to 1966

William Ernest Hocking, American philosopher, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on 10 August 1873. Soon after his birth, his father, a homeopathic physician, moved the family to Joliet, Illinois. The Methodism of his upbringing profoundly shaped his faith conviction. Hocking worked as a surveyor, mapmaker, and illustrator before enrolling at Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1894 to train for a career in engineering.

Herbert Arthur Hodges

Professor of Philosophy, University of Reading
1905 to 1976

Herbert Arthur Hodges was born on 4 January 1905 in Sheffield to a travelling businessman and a primary school teacher. He was raised in Yorkshire and attended the King Edward VII School in Sheffield. He went on to study Classics at Balliol College Oxford attaining a first in honour moderations in 1924 and then the same in literae humaniores in 1926.

Leonard Hodgson

Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Oxford
1889 to 1969

Leonard Hodgson was born on 24 October 1889 at Fulham England the son of Walter Hodgson an official stenographer to the House of Commons. Leonard attended St. Paul’s School London where his diligent work earned him a scholarship to Hertford College Oxford. In Oxford he gained firsts in both Greats and Theology. In 1913 he was ordained a deacon after spending a year at St. Michael’s College Llandaff. In 1914 after a curacy at St. Mark's Portsmouth Hodgson became Vice-Principal of St. Edmund Hall Oxford at the behest of his former tutor H. H. Williams.

Reijer Hooykaas

Professor of History of Science, University of Utrecht
1906 to 1994

On 4 January 1994 one of the leading Christian historians of science in the world—and one of only two honorary members of the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) passed away. It was a passing not recognized to any great extent in the Anglo-Saxon world yet in his lifetime Professor Reijer Hooykaas exerted a great influence on many in the United Kingdom and North America through his writing and lecturing activities.

Ake Hultkrantz

Professor of Comparative Religion, University of Stockholm
1920 to 2006

As with all anthropologists Åke Hultkrantz was objective in researching his subjects. What made him stand out though was the deep respect he had for the Saami the Shoshone the Arapaho with whom he interacted—so much respect that he was adopted by the Shoshone medicine man John Trehero.

Michael Ignatieff

Director of Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard

Michael Ignatieff is an international scholar of human rights a novelist and from 2006––2011 had been a Canadian legislator rising to head of the Liberal Party in 2009. He lost his seat and resigned his leadership post in 2011 after the party’s wide election defeats. Before entering politics Ignatieff taught at the University of Toronto the University of British Columbia Cambridge University the London School of Economics the l’École des Hautes Études in Paris the University of California and finally at Harvard University.

William Ralph Inge

Dean of St. Paul's, London, Formerly Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity, Cambridge
1860 to 1954

Known to the public as ‘The Gloomy Dean’ for the sharp cultural criticism of his columns in the Evening Standard, W. R. Inge was a passionate Christian Platonist known in the academy for his work on mysticism, Plotinus and a synthesis of Christianity and Platonism.

Werner Jaeger

Professor of Greek and Ancient Philosophy, University of Chicago
1888 to 1961

A towering figure in philology and classics in the early twentieth century, Werner Jaeger was born 30 July 1888 in Lobberich, Germany, to Karl August Jaeger, a manager in a textile factory, and his wife, Helene. After school at Lobberich and at the Thomas à Kempis Gymnasium in Kempen, Jaeger attended the University of Marburg for a semester, where he encountered a Plato mediated by the Neo-Kantians. He completed his Ph.D. at the Humboldt University of Berlin in 1911, writing a dissertation on Aristotle’s Metaphysics that made a seismic impact in Aristotle studies.

Stanley L. Jaki

Distinguished University Professor, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
1924 to 2009

Stanley L. Jaki was born in Gyor, Hungary, in 1924. Upon graduating from the Jedlik Preparatory School and Junior College there, he entered the Benedictine Order in 1942. After completing his undergraduate training in philosophy, theology and mathematics in 1947, he went to the Pontifical Institute of San Anselmo, Rome, where he received a doctorate in theology in December 1950. In 1948 he was ordained a priest.

William James

Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University
1842 to 1910

William James was born in New York City on 11 January 1842. His father, a man of independent means gained through inheritance, was associated with Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and their transcendentalist circle. At the behest of his father, James received an unorthodox education. The young man attended ten different schools during a period of eight years in New York and also studied in London, Geneva, Paris, Dresden and Boston. By the time he had completed his secondary education he had attained fluency in five languages.

Sheila Jasanoff

Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard

Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her work explores the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and policy of modern democracies, with particular attention to the nature of public reason.

Philip Johnson-Laird

Stuart Professor of Psychology, Princeton University

Psychologist Philip Johnson-Laird was born in Leeds, England, on 12 October 1936. He married Maureen Sullivan in 1959, and their marriage produced two children. In 1961 Johnson-Laird entered University College, London, as a psychology student and was awarded a Ph.D. in 1967. His doctoral research was supervised by Peter Wason, with whom he collaborated on his first book, The Psychology of Reasoning. During and following his doctoral studies, Johnson-Laird served as a lecturer at University College until taking up a post at the University of Sussex in 1973.

Peter Howard Jones

Professor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Peter Howard Jones (MA FRSA FRSE FSA) philosopher was born in London on 18 December 1935. He was educated at Highgate School London and at Queen’s College Cambridge. He graduated MA and was a research student at Cambridge in 1961-1963.

Henry Jones

Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Glasgow
1852 to 1921

Sir Henry Jones was born 30 November 1852 in Llangernyw in Denbighshire, Wales, the son of Elias Jones and Elizabeth Williams. He left school at the age of twelve to be an apprentice to his father, a shoemaker, but managed to complete his education and became a teacher as well as a lay Calvinist minister. With a scholarship in 1875 he enrolled at the University of Glasgow, studying philosophy under Edward Caird, and was graduated in 1878. Awarded the Clark fellowship, Jones spent the next four years at Oxford and in Germany.

Anthony J. P. Kenny

Master, Balliol College, Oxford

Sir Anthony Kenny, former Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford, is one of Britain's most distinguished academic figures. He has been Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Master of Balliol College, Oxford, Chairman of the Board of the British Library, and President of the British Academy. He is a much acclaimed expert in classical philosophy and has a keen interest in the nature of human action and freewill. He participated in the Glasgow Centenary Gifford Lectures lecturing on ‘The Kingdom of the Mind’.

Thomas Malcolm Knox

Principal of the University of St. Andrews
1900 to 1980

Thomas Malcolm Knox was born on 28 November 1900 in Birkenhead, Cheshire, to Isabella Marshal and John Knox, a congregational minister. He was educated at Bury Grammar School and the Liverpool Institute, and received a scholarship to Pembroke College, Oxford, where he achieved a first in literae humaniores.

Wolfgang Kohler

Research professor Dartmouth College
1887 to 1967

Wolfgang Köhler who would become one of the leaders in the development of Gestalt psychology was born into a German family 21 January 1887 in Reval Estonia. His parents soon moved the family to Germany where his father was a schoolmaster. Köhler studied at the universities of Tübingen and Bonn. At the University of Berlin where he earned his Ph.D. (1909) Köhler studied psychology and physics under Karl Stumpf and Max Planck.