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Professor Emeritus of Applied Philosophy, Glasgow Caledonian University

I was, until my retirement in September, 2016 Professor of Applied Philosophy at Glasgow Caledonian University. I taught, in particular, classical sociological theory and medical ethics. I was the external examiner for the MA in Medical Ethics and Palliative Care at Keele University.

I have published widely in academic journals. I have also published numerous journalistic articles in, for instance, New Humanist, New Scientist and, most frequently in The Scotsman.

My publications include the following books in the areas of the history of Scottish witchcraft, medial ethics and social philosophy:

Larner, C. J., Lee, C. H. and McLachlan, H. V. (1977) A Source-Book of Scottish Witchcraft, University of Glasgow, 1977; reprinted, with a new preface by McLachlan, The Grimsay Press, 2005.

McLachlan, Hugh V. (2005) Social Justice, Human Rights and Public Policy, Humming Earth, Glasgow.

McLachlan, Hugh V. (2006) The Kirk, Satan and Salem: The History of the Witches of Renfrewshire, (editor), The Grimsay Press, Glasgow.

McLachlan, Hugh V. and Swales, J. Kim (2007) From the Womb to the Tomb: Issues in Medical Ethics, Humming Earth, Glasgow.


  • –present
    Professor of Applied Philosophy, Glasgow Caledonian University


  • 1976 
    The City University, London, PhD Social Sciences