Lecturers & Authors

Robert N. McCauley

William Rand Kenan Jr. University Professor of Philosophy
1952

Robert N. McCauley (born in 1952) is William Rand Kenan Jr. University Professor of Philosophy and was the founding Director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture at Emory University (2008-2016). McCauley, who also has associated appointments at Emory in psychology, religion, and anthropology, has been described as one of the founding fathers of the cognitive science of religion. He earned his B.A. from Western Michigan University in 1974, his M.A. from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago in 1975, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago in 1979.

Alister E. McGrath

Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion, University of Oxford
1953

Alister McGrath was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1953. He grew up in Downpatrick, Co. Down, where he attended Down High School. In September 1966 he became a pupil at the Methodist College, Belfast, majoring in pure and applied mathematics, physics and chemistry. He was elected to an open major scholarship at Wadham College, Oxford University, to study chemistry from October 1971, where his tutors included Jeremy R. Knowles and R. J. P. Williams.

Ralph McInerny

Jacques Maritain Center, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
1929 to 2010

Ralph M. McInerny, philosopher and novelist, was born in Minnesota on 24 February 1929. He received his secondary education at Nazareth Hall Preparatory Seminary in St. Paul. After a short stint in the U.S. Marine Corps (1946–1947), McInerny entered St. Paul Seminary, graduating BA in 1951. He then completed his postgraduate degrees in philosophy with astonishingly speed: MA from the University of Minnesota in 1952, and PhL and PhD (summa cum laude) from Université Laval, Quebec, in 1953 and 1954 respectively.

Mary Midgley

Professor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
1919

An interviewer from the Guardian newspaper once wrote that Mary Midgley ‘may be the most frightening philosopher in the country: the one before whom it is least pleasant to appear a fool’.

William Mitchell

Professor of Philosophy, University of Adelaide
1861 to 1962

William Mitchell, born in the north of Scotland, Inveraveron, and now largely forgotten, was a prolific philosopher in his time. Although of Scottish decent, Mitchell spent much of his life in Australia. He was most notably connected with the city of Adelaide and Adelaide University in South Australia where he was highly regarded and held a number of distinguished positions.

Basil George Mitchell

Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of Christian Religion, Oxford
1917

Moral philosopher Basil George Mitchell was born on 9 April 1917 to George William Mitchell and Mary Mitchell (née Loxston). Following his secondary education at King Edward VI School in Southampton and his undergraduate studies at Queen's College, Oxford (1939), he entered the Royal Navy. His service (1940–1946) was distinguished by his promotion to Lieutenant in 1942 and Instructor Lieutenant RN in 1945.

Jürgen Moltmann

Professor of Systematic Theology on the Evangelical Faculty, University of Tübingen, Germany
1926

Jürgen Moltmann, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at the University of Tübingen in Germany, is one of the most widely read theologians of the second half of the twentieth century. Moltmann was born in Hamburg, Germany, on 8 April 1926. He states that he grew up in a secular home, without significant Christian influence. As a boy he wanted to study science and mathematics. However in 1944, his education was interrupted when he was drafted by the German army. Moltmann was sent to the front lines in the Belgian forest.

Conwy Lloyd Morgan

Professor Emeritus of Zoology and Geology, University of Bristol
1852 to 1936

Conwy Lloyd Morgan, comparative psychologist and philosopher, was born in London on 6 February 1852, to James Arthur Morgan, solicitor, and his wife, Mary Anderson. He began his education at the Brenchley, Kent, and at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford, his parents having moved to Weybridge a few years after his birth. Lloyd Moran was attracted to scientific studies and at the age of seventeen entered the School of Mines in London, where he was a Duke of Cornwall Scholar, with the intention of becoming a mining engineer.

Simon Conway Morris

Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Cambridge
1951

Simon Conway Morris was born in 1951 and brought up in London. He is professor of evolutionary palaeobiology in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge.

Friedrich Max Müller

Professor of Comparative Philology, Oxford
1823 to 1900

Friedrich Max Müller (1823-1900), Sanskrit scholar and philologist, was a pioneer in the fields of Vedic studies, comparative philosophy, comparative mythology and comparative religion. Müller was born on 6 December 1823 in Dessau, Germany, to the popular lyric poet Willhelm Müller and his wife Adelheid, the eldest daughter of Präsident von Basedow, the prime minister of the Anhalt-Dessau duchy. Müller inherited an intense love of music from his mother and his godfather, composer C. M. von Weber.

Iris Murdoch

Fellow St. Ann's College, Oxford, Writer, Philosopher
1919 to 1999

Iris Murdoch was born in 1919 in Dublin Ireland. She attended Badminton School Bristol and read classics at Somerville College Oxford. During World War II she was an assistant principal at the Treasury and later worked with U.N.R.R.A. in London Belgium and Austria. After a short reprieve Murdoch took up a postgraduate studentship in philosophy studying under Ludwig Wittgenstein. In 1948 she was elected a fellow of St Anne’s College Oxford where she worked as a tutor for fifteen years. Between 1963 and 1967 she also lectured at the Royal College of Art.

Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Professor of Religion, Temple University, Philadelphia
1933

The first Muslim to deliver the Gifford Lectures, Seyyed Hossein Nasr is a pioneer who has bridged Islamic studies with the world of Western philosophy, science and religion. He was born 7 April 1933 in Tehran, Iran, into a prominent family. Both his father and grandfather served as physicians to the Iranian royal family. When Nasr was twelve he moved to the United States to attend the Peddie School in Highstown, New Jersey, where he was valedictorian of his class in 1950.

Alexander Nehamas

Edmund N Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in Humanities, Princeton University
1946

Alexander Nehamas a leading scholar of classical studies has been Professor of Humanities and Comparative Literature at Princeton University since 1990. He has been a prominent writer and speaker on Greek philosophy the philosophy of art European philosophy and literary theory.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Professor of Ethics and Theology, Union Theological Seminary, New York
1892 to 1971

Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr was born 21 June 1892 in Wright City, Missouri, to Lydia Hosto and Gustav Niebuhr, a minister of the German Evangelical Synod of North America. At age fifteen Niebuhr entered the Synod’s proseminary, Elmhurst College. Three years later he enrolled at Eden Theological Seminary, where he received his B.Div. and was ordained a minister in 1913.

Arthur Darby Nock

Frothingham Professor of History of Religion, Harvard University
1902 to 1963

For centuries Christian scholars have debated Paul’s Hellenistic influences. ‘Paul didn’t know enough about Hellenism to pass the mid-term exam in my under-graduate course’ Arthur Darby Nock responded (as recalled by one of his students Edgar Krentz). Born in the south of England in 1902 and trained as a classicist at Cambridge where he won a scholarship Nock was known to have three attributes: he was an eminent scholar and was said to have been ‘charmingly eccentric even in a world of eccentrics’. He was also one who did not pull his punches.

David Novak

J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies, University of Toronto
1941

David Novak was born in Chicago, Illinois on 19 August 1941. He received his AB from the University of Chicago on 10 June 1961, and from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America he received his MHL (Master of Hebrew Literature) on 7 June 1964 and his rabbinical diploma on 5 June 1966. He received his PhD in philosophy from Georgetown University on 23 May 1971.

Helga Nowotny

Professor emerita of Science and Technology Studies, ETH Zurich
1937

Helga Nowotny is Professor emerita of Science and Technology Studies, ETH Zurich, and a founding member of the European Research Council. In 2007 she was elected ERC Vice President and from March 2010 until December 2013 President of the ERC. Currently she is Chair of the ERA Council Forum Austria, member of the Austrian Council and Vice-President of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. She is Nanyang Technological University Singapore Visiting Professor.

Martha Nussbaum

Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Profess of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago
1947

Martha Nussbaum received her BA from New York University (1969) and her MA and PhD from Harvard (1972, 1975). She taught philosophy and classics at Harvard in the 1970s and 1980s, before moving to Brown. Her 1986 book, The Fragility of Goodness, on ancient Greek ethics, made her a prominent figure throughout the social sciences and humanities. Nussbaum's other major area of philosophical work was on the emotions, where she specifically defended a neo-Stoic approach.

Onora O'Neill

CBE FBA Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge
1941

Onora Sylvia O’Neill, now Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve (CBE, PBA), was born 23 August 1941.

She studied philosophy, psychology and physiology at Oxford University, before continuing her studies at Harvard, where she completed a doctorate under the supervision of John Rawls. She then taught philosophy and served as the principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, until October 2006.

Raimon Panikkar

Professor of Comparative Religion and Philosophy of Religion, University of Madrid
1918 to 2010

Raimon Panikkar was a Roman Catholic priest and theologian who by merging Hindu and Buddhist thought with Christianity became a leader of interreligious dialogue. His early commitment to Catholicism and his three doctorates and mastery of Hindu texts led to a significant modern audience for his work and the founding of several interfaith organizations.

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