Peter Hacker was
born in London
in 1939. He read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at The Queen's
College, Oxford from 1960-63, obtaining a Congratulatory First Class
degree. He was elected to a graduate studentship at St Antony's
College, Oxford, where he remained from 1963-65, writing a doctoral
dissertation under the supervision of H. L. A. Hart on the subject of
'Rules and Duties'. In 1965 he was elected to a Junior Research
Fellowship at Balliol College. In 1966 he completed his doctorate and
was granted the D. Phil.
He became a Tutorial Fellow
at St John's College in 1966, a post he held until his retirement in
2006, when he was appointed to an Emeritus Research Fellowship at St
John's. He was College Librarian 1986-2006, and Keeper of the College
Pictures 1986-1998. In 2010 he was elected to an Honorary Fellowship at
The Queen's College, Oxford.
He was a visiting lecturer at
Makere College, Uganda (1968), a visiting professor at Swarthmore
College, Pa., U.S.A (1973), a visiting professor at University of
Michigan at Ann Arbor, U.S.A. (1974), a Milton C. Scott Visiting
Professor, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario (1984). He was elected
to a British Academy Research Readership in Humanities 1985-7. In 1986
he was again a visiting professor for a semester at Swarthmore College,
Pa., U.S.A. He was elected to a Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship
(1991-4). From 1992 to 2010 he served as a member of the Rothschild
Fellowships Academic Committee, Yad Hanadiv, Jerusalem. He was a
visiting fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation at Bellagio, Italy in
2006. He was a visiting research fellow at the University of Bologna
for a semester in 2009.
He is an associate editor of Philosophical
Investigations, and of Wittgenstein
Studies. From 1997 to 2003 he
was an associate editor, 20th century philosophers - Oxford
Dictionary of National Biography.
From 1998 to 2003 he was a Trustee of the Wittgenstein papers and
Member of the Committee of Editors; since 2003 he has been a member and
Secretary of the Advisory Committee of Wittgenstein Editors.
Dr P.M.S. Hacker
St John's College
Oxford OX1 3JP Telephone: +44 1865 610876