Hannay, Alastair 1932–

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Hannay, Alastair 1932–

PERSONAL: Born June 2, 1932, in Plymouth, Devon, England; son of Robert Stewart Erskine and Helen O'Hagan Hannay; married twice. Education: University of Edinburgh, M.A., 1954, M.A. (with honors), 1958; University of London, Ph.D., 1969.

ADDRESSES: Home—Sandefjord, Norway. E-mail[email protected].

CAREER: Norwegian Research Council, Oslo, research fellow, 1968–71; University of Oslo, Oslo, senior lecturer in philosophy, 1972–74; University of Trondheim, Dragvoll, Norway, associate professor, 1974–75, professor of philosophy, 1975–85; University of Oslo, professor of philosophy, 1990–96, professor emeritus, 1996–. Visiting professor at University of California, Berkeley, 1982, and University of California, San Diego, 1985, 1988, and 1991.

MEMBER: Royal Norwegian Society of Science and Letters, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Royal Society of Edinburgh (fellow).


(Translator) Arne Naess, Four Modern Philosophies, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1968.

Mental Images: A Defence, Humanities Press (Atlantic Highlands, NJ), 1971.

(Editor, with Arne Naess) Invitation to Chinese Philosophy, Scandinavian University Press (Oslo, Norway), 1972.

Kierkegaard, Routledge (London, England), 1982.

Human Consciousness, Routledge (London, England), 1990.

(Editor, with Andrew Feenberg) Technology and the Politics of Knowledge, Indiana University Press (Bloomington, IN), 1995.

(Editor, with Gordon D. Marino, and contributor) The Cambridge Companion to Kierkegaard, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, England), 1998.

Kierkegaard, Routledge (London, England), 1999.

Kierkegaard: A Biography, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, England), 2001.

Mental Images—A Defence, Routledge (London, England), 2002.

Kierkegaard and Philosophy, Routledge (New York, NY), 2003.

On the Public, Routledge (New York, NY), 2005.

Contributor to many books, including International Kierkegaard Commentary, edited by R.L. Perkins, Mercer University Press (Macon, GA), 1987; Knowledge and Politics, edited by M. Dascal and O. Gruengard, Westview (Boulder, CO), 1989; John Searle and His Critics, edited by E. LePore and R. van Gulick, Blackwell Publishing (London, England), 1989; Beyond Reason: Essays on the Philosophy of Paul Feyerabend, edited by R.S. Cohen and G. Munevar, D. Reidel Publishing (Dordrecht, Netherlands), 1990; and Biblical Concepts and Our World, edited by D.Z. Phillips and Mario van der Ruhr, Palgrave Macmillan (New York, NY), 2004. Contributor to scholarly journals, including Kierkegaard Studies. Editor, Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy.


Søren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling, Penguin Books (London, England), 1984.

Søren Kierkegaard, The Sickness unto Death, Penguin Books (London, England), 1989.

Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or, Penguin Books (London, England), 1992.

Kierkegaard: Papers and Journals, a Selection, Penguin Books (London, England), 1996.

(And author of notes) Søren Kierkegaard, A Literary Review: Two Ages, a Novel by the Author of "A Story of Everyday Life," Published by J.L. Heiberg, Copenhagen, Reitzel, 1845, Penguin Books (London, England), 2001.

Søren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling, Penguin (London, England), 2005.

SIDELIGHTS: Alastair Hannay once told CA: "My work and writing are mainly motivated by an intuitive conviction of the overriding importance of mental phenomena in an understanding of the world as conceived in all areas of culture, including hard science. I am also an admirer of the moral conscience and literary ability, as well as sheer intelligence, of the Danish writer Søren Kierkegaard, whose writings I first encountered while an undergraduate at Edinburgh. I think of Kierkegaard less as merely a forerunner of modern existentialism than as a writer whose special sensitivities have produced lasting insights in individual—particularly moral—psychology."

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