Academic Veteran; Serial Author; and Radical Researcher
Born and raised in Canada, Robert Hanna received his PhD from Yale University USA in 1989 and has held research or teaching positions at the University of Cambridge UK, the University of Colorado at Boulder USA, the University of Luxembourg LU, PUC-PR Brazil, Yale, and York University CA. He is now an independent philosopher who serves as the Co-Director of Philosophy Without Borders, an online philosophy mega-project, and Director of The Contemporary Kantian Philosophy Project.
Philosophically, Robert is a resolute generalist, adopting a broadly Kantian orientation for his critical analyses and positive theories These analyses and theories have contemporary and real-world applications, spanning fundamental issues in metaphysics, epistemology, logic, philosophy of mind and cognition, and ethics, all broadly construed so as to include philosophy of religion and political philosophy. He also has strong interests in the philosophy of nature and natural science, critical metaphilosophy, social philosophy, and, particularly, the history of modern philosophy from The Enlightenment to the present.
Robert has authored or co-authored over 150 articles and eleven books in these philosophical areas, including Kant and the Foundations of Analytic Philosophy (Oxford Univ. Press, 2001), Kant, Science, and Human Nature (Oxford Univ. Press, 2006), Rationality and Logic (MIT Press, 2006), Embodied Minds in Action (Oxford Univ. Press, 2009), In Defense of Intuitions: A New Rationalist Manifesto (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), Cognition, Content, and the A Priori (Oxford Univ. Press, 2015), volumes 1-4 of The Rational Human Condition (Nova Science, 2018), and The Mind-Body Politic (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).
Robert’s new book, The Fate of Analysis, completes his critical analysis of the Analytic tradition and predicts just where, precisely, its philosophy should go after the impending end of that tradition.
Politically, Robert self-identifies as an existential Kantian, cosmopolitan, anarcho-socialist, which is a mouthful of a view that boils down to believing that everyone ought to wholeheartedly try to live a principled and authentic life, reject coercive authoritarianism of all kinds, adopt a fully global perspective on the human condition, and have sufficient respect for everyone’s inherent dignity.
In his free time, Robert reads several books and watches several movies concurrently and discusses them with friends over beers and bourbon.