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Richard Hanley was born in Zambia and later moved to Australia as a small child. He studied at the Sydney University, and completed his PhD at University of Maryland.[1] He is now an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Delaware. Philosophically, he is a perdurantist following in the footsteps of David Lewis, also believing in the logical, but not physical possibility of time travel.


Writings on philosophy

He coauthored Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Language (ISBN 0-6312-3142-0)

Writings on philosophy in fiction

He is the author of the book, Is Data Human? The Metaphysics of Star Trek (ISBN 0-465-09124-5 1997), which explores a number of philosophical questions raised by various episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager, such as whether Data is human, and whether a character called Tuvix, temporarily formed by the characters Tuvok and Neelix being beamed into a single body, was a separate being entitled to its own existence.

While the title of the book was changed to Is Data Human? The Metaphysics of Star Trek for the paperback version, the original hardcover version of the same book was simply entitled, The Metaphysics of Star Trek.

Hanley is frequently critical of the Star Trek writers' sophistication in treating philosophical issues, but nevertheless praises Star Trek for its willingness, rare among TV shows, to frequently raise questions of philosophical significance.

He is also the editor of South Park and Philosophy: Bigger, Longer, and More Penetrating (ISBN 0-8126-9613-1), released March 28, 2007.


  • Hanley was the singer and songwriter for a Perth (Western Australia) based band called Springs into Action from 1981-83. He used the stage name Rich Filthy. His best known song during this period was 'Casablanca'.
  • Hanley likes to put options A-L on his multiple choice exam preps.

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