| TED HONDERICH
GROTE PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF
MIND AND LOGIC, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
VISITING PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF BATH
He went native in England not long after arriving in 1959, and later became a British citizen. His first Lectureship was at the University of Sussex, for several years. On returning to University College London, he was successively Lecturer, Reader, Professor, and then Grote Professor. Along the way he became a democratic socialist, but proud of the small civil disobedience of having sat down on the pavement in Parliament Square with Bertrand Russell. He has been a visiting professor at Yale, the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York, Brooklyn College, and the University of Calgary.
Some of his first publications were articles on the nature of truth and on Russell's theory of descriptions. Also the book Punishment: The Supposed Justifications. An edited book of political philosophy, written by other hands, was Social Ends and Political Means. Publications not long after were articles on causation, determinism, time, justice, and John Stuart Mill, as well as pieces on political violence that went into a book. This, Three Essays on Political Violence, was subsequently enlarged into Violence for Equality: Inquiries in Political Philosophy.
1980's there were Philosophy of Mind articles on psychoneural lawlike
connection and against Donald Davidson's Anomalous Monism, and the
large book A
Theory of Determinism: The Mind, Neuroscience, and Life-Hopes,
republished as the two paperbacks Brain and Mind and The
of Determinism. Also a defence of the
(real) principle of justice or equality, later to be rechristened the
Principle of Humanity.
Pieces in the 1990's included advocacy of the Union Theory as against the Identity Theory of mind and brain, as well as pieces on consciousness, its subjectivity, perception, neural functionalism, hierarchic democracy, and consequentialism. Books written were Conservatism, in the hope of helping to defeat that political tradition in a coming British election, and How Free are You?, now much translated. A book edited was The Oxford Companion to Philosophy .
recently there have been five pieces proceeding from the conviction,
widely enough shared, that the Philosophy of Mind, whatever is to be
said of the various sciences of the mind, has run into a dead
end. Something new and entirely different is needed -- and it may be
the near-physicalist idea of Consciousness as Existence, which
has survived exposure to various conferences. What it is for you to be
perceptually conscious is for a state of affairs to exist in a way
outside your head. To say so is not literary utterance or the like but
the beginning of analysis.
A book Philosopher:
A Kind of Life, worked on for a good while, is a philosophical
autobiography, and a kind of picture of a profession. The book After
the Terror was prompted by September 11, but is about
more than that. In passing it defends the Palestinians against
neo-Zionism. It has given rise to controversy in Germany and elsewhere.
books recently published have been the collection of papers On Consciousness, which includes
the five papers on Consciousness as Existence and also a context for
them, and the collection Political
and Social Ends, not to be confused with Social Ends and
Means, and the revision of Violence for Equality: Inquiries in
Philosophy, under the new title Terrorism for Humanity:
in Political Philosophy.
is another collection of papers, On Determinism and Freedom,
and a revised edition of Conservatism under the
title Conservatism: Burke, Nozick, Bush, Blair? There will also
be a new edition of Punishment: The Supposed Justifications.
And a new edition of The Oxford
Companion to Philosophy.
Time has also been expended by him on the editing of three series of philosophy books: The International Library of Philosophy and Scientific Method, The Arguments of the Philosophers, and The Problems of Philosophy: Their Past and Present, for Routledge, and various titles for Penguin.
He lived in Hampstead in London for a few decades, changed less than it, and has now found a better place for philosophy in the west of England.
Once the happy partner, now the happy husband, of Ingrid Coggin Purkiss as she was, exemplary critic and gardener, lately The Secretary of The Royal Institute of Philosophy. Father of Kiaran Honderich and John Ruan Honderich.
wine, an old house, decent and inexpensive restaurants.
CURRICULUM VITAE -- FULLER
On Determinism and Freedom, collected papers, Edinburgh University Press, Jan 2005
collected papers, Edinburgh University Press, 2004
On Political Means and Social Ends, collected papers, Edinburgh University Press, 2003
After the Terror, Edinburgh University Press, German translations Suhrkamp Verlag & Melzer Verlag, 2002, expanded edition 2003
Philosopher: A Kind of Life, Routledge, 2001
The Oxford Companion to Philosophy, ed., Oxford University Press, Polish translation, excerpts in The Philosophers: Introducing Great Western Thinkers, Oxford University Press, 1995, 1999
How Free Are You? The Determinism Problem, Oxford University Press. German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, Romanian translations, 1993, enlarged edition 2002
Hamilton, Westfield, Penguin; Spanish, German translations; 1990, 1991
as Existence, Devout Physicalism, Spiritualism', Mind and Matter, 2004.
Compatibilism and Incompatibilism', Freedom
and Determinism, ed. Joseph Keim Campbell,
Michael O'Rourke, David Shier, MIT Press, 2004
Terrorism, Morality and Germany', Rechtsphilosophisches
Hefte, x, 2004
the Terror: A Book and Further Thoughts', Journal of Ethics,
Reflective and Affective Consciousness as Existence', Minds and Persons,
Royal Institute of Philosophy Lectures, ed. A.
Million Years of Living Time', The
as True, Compatibilism and Incompatibilism as False, and
the Real Problem', The
Oxford Handbook of Free Will, ed. Robert Kane,
As Existence, and the End of Intentionality', Philosophy at the New Millenium,
Royal Institute of Philosophy
Lectures, ed. A. O'Hear, 2001
Guff: A Response to John Searle', Journal
as Existence Again', Proceedings
of the Twentieth World
Philosophy, also Theoria,
and Inner Tubes: On David Papineau's Introducing
Consciousness', Journal of
Consciousness Studies, 2000.
Incompatibilism, and the Smart Aleck', Philosophy and Phenomenological Review,
as Existence', Current
Issues in the Philosophy of Mind,
Royal Institute of Philosophy Lectures,
ed. A. O'Hear, 1998
Moralities of Concern, and Selfishness', Philosophy,
Neural Functionalism, Real Subjectivity', American
Philosophical Quarterly, 1995
Democracy and the Necessity of Mass Civil Disobedience',
Conway Lecture, South Place Ethical
Identity Theories, The Union Theory', The
Problem: The Current State of the Debate, ed. T.
Szubka & R.
Warner, Blackwells, 1994
Union Theory and Anti-Individualism', Mental
Causation, ed. J.
Heil and A. Mele, Oxford University Press, 1993
One Thing Just Happens After Another', The Philosophy of A.
J. Ayer, The Library of Living Philosophers, ed. L. E. Hahn,
Qualia and Positing the World', A.
J. Ayer Memorial Essays,
1989-90, Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture Series, Cambridge
University Press, ed. A. Phillips-Griffiths, 1992
Not Much Reconsidered', Utilitas,
Ideology, Rationale and a Red Light', Radical
to the Paperback Edition', Conservatism,
the Union Theory', Analysis,
A. J. Ayer, The
Meaning of Life and Other Essays,
Brain and Self-Conscious Mind', Mindwaves,
ed. C. Blakemore,
Rejoinder to Sanford'. Philosophy,
Brain and Time: Rejoinder to Libet', Journal
the New Retributivism, and Political Philosophy', Royal
Institute of Philosophy Proceedings, 1985
'The Time of a Conscious Sensory Experience and Mind-Brain Theories', Journal of Theoretical Biology, 1984.'The Principle of Equality: Reply to Nathan', Mind, 1984
and the Champion of Mauve', Analysis.
and Psychophysical Intimacy', Inquiry,
Principle of Equality Defended', Politics,
Monism: Reply to Smith', Analysis,
Teleological Historical Materialism', Inquiry,
Liberty and Morality-Dependent Harms', Political Studies, 1982
and Politics', Midwest
Studies in Philosophy, 1982
and "If p, even if x, still q"', Philosophy,
Argument for Anomalous Monism', Analysis,
Dualism: Reply to Four Critics', Inquiry, 1981
Lawlike Connections and Their Problem', Inquiry,
commenting articles by J. L. Mackie, S. Stich, T.
L. S. Sprigge, E.
Problem of Well-being and the Principle of Equality', Mind, 1981
discussion of Anthony Kenny, Will,
Freedom and Power and Freewill
and Responsibility, in Mind,
Conclusions about Violence of the Left', Canadian Journal of
Philosophy, 1979, also in Assent
and Dissent, ed. J. P.
Relations and Temporal Qualities', Time
(French translation Le Temps et Les
Philosophies), ed. Paul Ricoeur,
and Causal Circumstances as Necessitating'. Proceedings of the
Inequality and Violence, and Differences We Make Between Them', Royal Institute of Philosophy Lectures,
of the Basic Proposition of a Theory of Justice', Mind, 1975
Worth of J. S. Mill's On Liberty', Political
Difficulty with Democracy', Philosophy
and Public Affairs, 1973
Determinism', Essays on Freedom
of Action, ed. Honderich, 1973
and Public Affairs, 1973
of Political Violence', Issues
in Law and Morality,
Proceedings Oberlin Colloquium, ed. Norman Care and Thomas Trelogan,
Conspectus of Determinism'. Supplementary
Proceedings of the
Aristotelian Society, 1970
'On Russell's Theory of Descriptions', Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 1969
'Truth', Studies in Logical Theory, American Philosophical Quarterly Monograph, ed. Nicholas Rescher,
Russell, Logic and Knowledge,
review, Philosophy, 1962
Philosophy books, c. 12 vols, to 1997.
Department of Philosophy, 1987-1992
University of London Board of Philosophical Studies, 1986-89
University Boards of Examiners in Philosophy, 1987-90
Board, Academic Board, Library Committee, Committee on
Pensions and Superannuation Committee, Appointment
Committees, various periods
Examiner, University of Ghana, various years
as Moralist', The
Things Are and the Need for a New Disrespect', Edinburgh Festival
lecture, Gothenberg Book
Fair lecture, paper to philosophy departments, 2004
television, radio, on After
the Terror, 2003, 2004
and Rise of a Book in Germany',
lectures Canada, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, U.K., U.S.,
Hawaii, etc., 2000-2004
Bernard Williams, Truth and
Truthfulness, The Guardian, 2002
Simon Blackburn, Being Good,
in The Times, 2002
Tony's Talking that Equality Talk', The
papers Canada, China, Denmark, Iran, Korea, Poland, Spain,
Sweden, Switzerland etc. 1990-2000
Newsnight, BBC TV, J. S. Mill and the enforcement of
'America on Trial', discussion with Profs. Kennedy, Zander,
Channel 4, 1992
Ethics', Times Higher
Educational Supplement, 1990
'Free Will Discussed', BBC Open University Broadcast, 1990
'Simple Names and Language-Games', on Ludwig Wittgenstein, BBC
Radio 3, 1989
Conversation with A. J. Ayer', BBC Radio 3, 1989.
'Life-Hopes: A Conversation Between Ted Honderich and Mary
Warnock', on A Theory of
Mind, Neuroscience, and
Life-Hopes, BBC Radio 3, 16 May 1988
programmes, Channel 4, 1984
Derek Parfit, Reasons and Persons,
New Statesman, 4 May 1984
Bernard Williams, Moral Luck,
Statesman, 15 Jan 1982
Donald Davidson, Essays on
Actions and Events, in New
Violence', The Times,
26 Jan 1977
C. L. Ten, Mill on Liberty,
in Times Higher Educational