John Haugeland

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John Haugeland
Born (1945-03-13)March 13, 1945
Harrisburg, Illinois, USA
Died June 23, 2010(2010-06-23) (aged 65)
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Analytic philosophy
Doctoral advisor Dagfinn Føllesdal
Main interests

John Haugeland (/ˈhɔːɡlənd/; March 13, 1945 – June 23, 2010[1]) was a professor of philosophy, focused on the philosophy of mind, cognitive science, phenomenology, and Heidegger. He spent most of his career at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by the University of Chicago from 1999 until his death. He is featured in Tao Ruspoli's film Being in the World.


Haugeland was chair of the Chicago philosophy department from 2004 to 2007. He spent most of his career teaching at the University of Pittsburgh and he also served as a visiting professor at Helsinki University, Finland.

Haugeland was a research fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He had also been a member of the Council for Philosophical Studies. Before attending graduate school Haugeland served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tonga.

Haugeland studied at Harvey Mudd College, where he obtained a B.S cum laude in physics. He received a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, under the direction of Hans Sluga. At Berkeley, Hubert Dreyfus served as one of his important mentors.

In Artificial Intelligence: The Very Idea, Haugeland coined the term GOFAI ("Good Old-Fashioned Artificial Intelligence") for symbolic artificial intelligence. Philosophers who completed their doctoral dissertations under John Haugeland's supervision include Tim van Gelder.


  • Mind Design (1981) (editor). Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press
  • Artificial Intelligence: The Very Idea (1985). Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.
  • Mind Design II: Philosophy, Psychology, Artificial Intelligence. Second Edition (1997) (editor). Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press ISBN 0-262-08259-4
  • Having Thought: Essays in the Metaphysics of Mind (1998). Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
  • Thomas S. Kuhn, The Road Since Structure: Philosophical Essays, 1970-1993 (2000) (Haugeland, J and Conant, J, eds.). Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press.
  • Dasein Disclosed: John Haugeland's Heidegger (2013) (Joseph Rouse, editor). Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-07211-4

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