Born in 1945 in Harrisburg, IL, John Haugeland began his academic career at Harvey Mudd College, where he earned a B.A. in Physics, with honors, in 1966. After serving two years in the Peace Corps in Tonga, he earned a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, completing his dissertation, entitled Truth and Understanding, under the supervision of Hans Sluga in 1976.
Haugeland taught at the University of Pittsburgh from 1974 until 1999, earning the rank of full professor in 1986. In 1999, he was appointed professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago. From July, 2004 until June, 2007, he served as chair of the department. He was appointed the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor in 2006.
Over the course of his career, Haugeland has published a number of seminally important works. Among them are the following:
- “The Nature and Plausibility of Cognitivsm”, The Behavioral and Brain Sciences 1 (1978) 215-226. Reprinted in Haugeland 1981 and 1998.
- Mind Design I & II (editor), Cambridge, MA: Bradford/MIT Press, 1981 (I) and 1997 (II).
- “Heidegger on Being a Person”, Noûs, XVI (1982), 15-26.
- Artificial Intelligence: The Very Idea, Cambridge, MA: Bradford/MIT Press, 1983.
- “Mind Embodied and Embedded,” in Mind and Cognition: Philosophical Perspectives on Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Leila Haaparanta and Sara Heinämaa, eds., Acta Philosophica Fennica: 58 (1995) 233–267. Reprinted in Haugeland (1998).
- Having Thought: Essays in the Metaphysics of Mind, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998.
- “Truth and Finitude: Heidegger’s Transcendental Existentialism” in Heidegger, Authenticity, and Modernity: Essays in Honor of Hubert L. Dreyfus, Mark Wrathall and Jeff Malpas, eds., MIT Press (2000), 43-77.
John Haugeland is married to Joan Wellman. They currently live in Chicago.