Ian Hacking

University Professor Emeritus

University of Toronto

Ian Hacking is one of the world's leading scholars in the fields of philosophy and history of science. His work spans the philosophy of science, the philosophy of language, the theory of probability and statistical inference, and the socio-historical examination of the rise and fall of disciplines and theories.   He has been an Isaak Walton Killam Research Fellow, a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, Tarner Lecturer at Trinity College, Cambridge, a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and a Guggenheim Fellow. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.  He is currently Professeur honoraire, Chaire de philosophie et histoire des concepts scientifiques, and University Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto.  Hacking's broad expertise and far-reaching influence is reflected in his published works – thirteen books (some of which have been translated into many languages) and more than two-hundred and twenty papers, articles and reviews, including "The Looping Effects of Human Kinds", "Do We See Through a Microscope?", and "Language, Truth, and Reason." Some of his best-known books are The Emergence of Probability; Representing and Intervening; Rewriting the Soul: Multiple Personality and the Sciences of Memory, The Social Construction of What?, Mad Travelers: Reflections on the Reality of Transient Mental Illnesses, and The Taming of Chance, which was named one of the 100 best non-fiction books written in English during the Twentieth Century by the Modern Library.