Horace Romano Harré

New Zealand philosopher and psychologist

Horace Romano Harré (/ˈhær/;[2] 18 December 1927 – 18 October 2019),[3] known widely as Rom Harré, was a New Zealand-born British philosopher and psychologist.

Horace Romano Harré
Rom Harré in Tartu (2011)
Born(1927-12-18)18 December 1927
Manawatu, near Palmerston North, New Zealand
Died18 October 2019(2019-10-18) (aged 91)
Alma materUniversity of New Zealand (University of Auckland)
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolAnalytic philosophy
Scientific realism
Main interests
Philosophy of the social sciences
Philosophy of physics
Notable ideas
Ethogenics, positioning theory, referential realism[1]

He taught mathematics at King's College, Auckland (1948–53) and the University of Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan (1953–4). From 2009 until 2011 he was Director Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science at the London School of Economics.

His written works were about philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of science, ontology, psychology, social psychology, sociology and philosophy.


  1. Nola, R. (1988) Relativism and Realism in Science, Springer, p. 32 n. 16, quotation:

    Entity realism is strongly supported in Harré (1986) under the name 'referential realism'

  2. SAGE (8 May 2013). "Rom Harre on What is Social Science_Social Science Bites". YouTube. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  3. Weinberg, Justin (October 18, 2019). "Rom Harré (1927-2019)". Dailynous.com. Daily Nous. Retrieved October 18, 2019.