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 Fellowship
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. In 2013 he was appointed Professor of philosophy at the University of Kent at Canterbury for three years.
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