John Haugeland

John Haugeland (1945 - 2010) was a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago since arriving here (from the University of Pittsburgh) in the fall of 1999. He held a bachelor's degree (in physics) from Harvey Mudd College (1966) and a PhD from U.C. Berkeley (1976). His main interests included (early) Heidegger, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind (including cognitive science), philosophy of language, and stuff like that. He is the author of Artificial Intelligence: The Very Idea (MIT 1986) and Having Thought (Harvard 1998); the editor of Mind Design (MIT 1981; second edition, 1997); and co-editor (with Jim Conant) of Thomas Kuhn's The Road Since Structure (Chicago 2000). He was at work on a book tentatively titled Heidegger Disclosed. In addition to all that, Professor Haugeland certainly owned more nuts and bolts than most philosophers (and possibly more than any).


Obituary Link

Online Guesbook



  • Interview by Costas Pagondiotas - first published in Cogito (Greece) April 2006 (PDF)
  • Hear John Haugeland on Chicago's Eight-Forty-Eight Program here

Selected Publications

  • The Computer as a Mistaken Model of the Mind (with Hubert Dreyfus) (PDF)
  • An Overview of the Frame Problem (PDF)
  • Mind Embodied and Embedded (PDF)
  • Pattern and Being (PDF)
  • Reading Brandom Reading Heidegger (PDF)
  • Two Dogs and A Rat (PDF)
  • Truth and Finitude (Part One) (PDF)
  • Truth and Finitude (Part Two) (PDF)
  • Authentic Intentionality (PDF)
  • The Intentionality All-Stars in Philosophical Perspectives, Vol. 4, Action Theory and Philosophy of Mind (1990), pp. 383-427 Link
  • Heidegger on Being a Person in Noûs, Vol. 16, No. 1, 1982 A. P. A. Western Division Meetings (Mar., 1982), pp. 15-26 Link
  • Understanding Natural Language in The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 76, No. 11, Seventy-Sixth Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division (Nov., 1979), pp. 619-632 Link
  • Representational Genera in Philosophy and Connectionist Theory by W. Ramsey, S. Stich, D. Rumelhart (PDF)

Please see John's CV (DOC) for a complete list of publications.

Selected Reviews by John Haugeland

  • Reviewed Work(s): Brainstorms by Daniel D. Dennett in Noûs, Vol. 16, No. 4 (Nov., 1982), pp. 613-619 Link
  • Reviewed Work(s): Brainstorms by Daniel C. Dennett in Philosophy of Science, Vol. 47, No. 2 (Jun., 1980), pp. 326-327 Link
  • Reviewed Work(s): Computation and Cognition: Toward a Foundation for Cognitive Science by Zenon W. Pylyshyn in Philosophy of Science, Vol. 54, No. 2 (Jun., 1987), pp. 309-311 Link
  • Reviewed Work(s): Heidegger and the Philosophy of Mind by Frederick A. Olafson in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 50, No. 3 (Mar., 1990), pp. 633-635 Link
  • Reviewed Work(s): What Computers Still Can't Do by Hubert L. Dreyfus, Artificial Intelligence 80 (1996) Link
  • Author(s) of Review: John Haugeland
    Reviewed Work(s): The Mind's Provisions by Vincent Descombes, Inquiry, Vol. 47 Link

Selected Reviews of Haugeland's Work

  • Author(s) of Review: Andy Clark
    Reviewed Work(s): Artificial Intelligence: The Very Idea by John Haugeland in The Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 38, No. 151 (Apr., 1988), pp. 249-255 Link
  • Author(s) of Review: Michael Morris
    Reviewed Work(s): Having Thought by John Haugeland in Philosophy, Vol. 74, No. 290 (Oct., 1999), pp. 606-609 Link
  • Author(s) of Review: Ira Pohl
    Reviewed Work(s): Artificial Intelligence: The Very Idea by John Haugeland in The Journal of Symbolic Logic, Vol. 53, No. 2 (Jun., 1988), pp. 659-660 Link
  • Author(s) of Review: Lynne Rudder Baker
    Reviewed Work(s): Having Thought: Essays in the Metaphysics of Mind in Philosophy of Science, Vol. 66, No. 3 (Sep., 1999), pp. 494-495 Link
  • Author(s) of Review: Barbara Von Eckardt
    Reviewed Work(s): Artificial Intelligence: The Very Idea in The Philosophical Review, Vol. 97, No. 2 (Apr., 1988), pp. 286-290 Link
  • Author(s) of Review: Daniel C. Dennett
    Reviewed Work(s): Having Thought: Essays in the Metaphysics of Mind in
    The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 96, No. 8 (Aug., 1999), pp. 430-435 Link

Recent Courses

24109. McDowell’s Mind and World.John McDowell is arguably the most important and influential "analytic" philosopher of our time. He works principally in the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of language — and, above all — their intersection: the problem of concepts and understanding.
In this course, we will focus primarily on McDowell's most famous and influential work: Mind and World. Though it's a relatively slender volume, it takes some effort to read. Accordingly, we will devote considerable attention to background and explication especially — by way of class discussion. By way of background,  we will begin first with some "classic" articles from the last half-century, by the likes of W. V. O. Quine, Donald Davidson, and Richard Rorty.
The course is designed and intended primarily for advanced undergraduate philosophy concentrators, but exceptions may be made in special cases.(B) Autumn 2009.

22000/32000. Philosophy of Science. Open to college and grad students. Prerequisites: Fourth-year standing and advanced knowledge of philosophy.. A general introduction to the philosophy of science. We discuss a selection of central issues in the philosophy of science (e.g., scientific laws, explanation, evidence, induction, realism, progress). Autumn 2002.

22109. Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind and Artificial Intelligence. This course is a survey of several research directions in the last fifty or so years. We pursue the presumed possibility of constructing an intelligent artifact (and thereby, perhaps, undermining the last objection to materialism). (B) Spring 2010.

22210. Boundaries, Modules, & Levels. Open to college students. The course will investigate conceptual problems arising in the attempt to analyze the structure of complex systems in a variety of biological, psychological, social, and technological contexts, and how the answers may vary with how the boundaries are drawn We will confront descriptive, critical, and normative puzzles arising from questions like: Is a society just a collection of people, an organized collection of people, or something more? Can corporation have rights and responsibilities and groups have identities? Why are minds in the head, or are they? And are genes the bearers of heredity? Co-taught with William Wimsatt . (B) Winter 2006.

23000. Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology. Open to college students. This will be a general introduction to contemporary metaphysics in the Anglo-American tradition. The course is intended (primarily, anyway) for undergraduate Philosophy majors. (B) Winter 2007. Winter 2010.

23500. Intentionality. Open to college students. Prerequisites: Designed for concentrators but open to nonconcentrators. Intentionality is where mind, language, depiction, and practice all intersect. It is the phenomenon of one thing "representing," "being about," or "meaning" another. It turns out, however, that the nature and even the very possibility of intentionality is rather puzzling. This course addresses some of the basic puzzles about intentionality, and several promising attempts to deal with those puzzles. Spring 2003.

23501. Philosophy of Mind. Open to college students. This will be a (relatively) introductory survey of the main issues in the Philosophy of Mind. We will cover such topics as the relation of the mind to the world (sensations, intentionality, practice); the relation of the mind to the body/brain (dualism, identity theory, supervenience); what intelligence is and how it can be recognized (behaviorism, radical interpretation, cultural embeddedness); how mentality might be implemented in the brain (associationism, functionalism, cognitivism, connectionism, dynamic models); and so on. On the other hand, we will not address such old chestnuts as the immortality of the soul; the "other minds" problem; personal identity; or introspective infallibility. The course will be based on original sources from the philosophical literature (in other words, an anthology, not a textbook). Expect 20 to 30 pages of assigned reading per week. Grades will be based on class participation, a take-home, essay-question mid-term, and either a similar final exam or a term paper. Winter 2005.

54400. Being and Time: Division II. Open to grad students. Prerequisites: Special permission required if student is not in Philosophy's Graduate program. Co-instructor: Jonathan Lear. This will be an advanced graduate seminar devoted to a close reading and interpretation of the second division of Heidegger's Being and Time. Solid knowledge of the first division will be essential and presupposed. The main text will be the Macquarrie and Robinson translation, but we will make frequent reference to the original German, and pay considerable attention to issues of translation, particularly of technical terms. Grades will be based on class participation and a medium-sized term paper, which will be due on the first day of sixth week of spring term. Winter 2003.

54800. McDowell. Open to grad students. Prerequisites: Since this will not be an introductory or survey course, enrollment is limited to advanced graduate students in the Philosophy Dept., except by special permission. In the interest of fostering a seminar atmosphere, auditors will be limited. This will be an advanced graduate seminar devoted to the work of John McDowell over the last ten or twelve years. The central reading will be his influential 1994 book, Mind and World; but I will also assign or recommend a number of other works (mostly articles) by or about McDowell. Students should already be familiar not only with Mind and World, but also with (all or most of): the Nicomachean Ethics, the transcendental aesthetic and analytic, Philosophical Investigations, "Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind", and the main outlines of analytic philosophy of mind and language over the last fifty years -- especially Quine and Davidson (with Strawson, Evans, Rorty, and Brandom next). Spring 2003.

54801. Heidegger's Being and Time. Open to grad students. This course will be an advanced graduate seminar, and will actually focus on Division Two of Being and Time; so students should already be quite familiar with the first division (especially chapter 5); and prior study of the second division will be a serious asset. My aim is to nail this stuff down. Autumn 2006.

54802. Heidegger. Open to grad students. The topic of this course will be the conception of temporality (as the sense of being) that Heidegger incompletely develops in the last third of Being and Time and the last (long) chapter of The Basic Problems of Phenomenology. The real hope is to get clear enough about what's going on in these unfinished accounts to get some insight into what it would have taken to bring them to fruition. Students will be expected to be quite familiar with both Being and Time and "The Basic Problems" before the course begins Spring 2005.