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Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield.

Author of Plato's Republic: A Ladybird Expert Book (February 7th 2019).

Honorary Patron of The Philosophy Foundation.

Member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Values, Ethics and Innovation for the 2018-9 term.

Judging the 2019 Man Booker International Prize.
CLICK HERE for an interview with Angie about being chosen.

Man Booker 2018 ceremony

Man Booker 2018 ceremony


CLICK HERE to listen to Angie's appearance on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.

LISTEN BELOW to Angie's appearance on BBC Radio 3's Private Passions:

CLICK HERE to read about Angie's favourite books in an interview with The Reading Lists.

CLICK HERE for Angie's appearance on Test Match Special.

WATCH BELOW Angie's World Economic Forum panel discussion on the 'Future of Education' and closing panel discussion of the conference on 'Staying Human':

WATCH BELOW Angie and Dr Crosby Stevens explore the philosophical themes of the wall and ceiling paintings in Bolsover Castle, for English Heritage and Google Arts and Culture:

CLICK HERE to read "Why should we care about philosophy?" (Toronto Star),  about Angie's role as Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy.

CLICK HERE to watch Angie's lectures on Zeno from An Introduction to the History of Western Philosophy on iTunes U Sheffield University.

CLICK HERE to watch Angie's lectures on Heraclitus and Parmenides from An Introduction to the History of Western Philosophy on iTunes U Sheffield University.



Forthcoming public engagement events

September 7th 2019
Taking part in a panel discussion, “Philosophy in the Bookshop - Bryan Magee: Reflections of a Philosopher”, at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford. 11am.

October 12th 2019
Speaking at the Spirituality and Democracy Weekend, part of the Athens Democracy Forum at Costa Navarino.

October 22nd 2019
Giving a talk on Plato's Republic: a Ladybird Expert Book, followed by a book-signing, as part of the Off the Shelf Festival. 7pm.


Recent public engagement events



New publication:

“The Erotic Magus: Ficino’s De amore as a Guide to Plato’s Symposium” in Platonism and its Legacy, edited by John F Finamore and Tomáš Nejeschleba. The Prometheus Trust in association with the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies.


July 25th 2019
Discussed the Spartans on The Forum, BBC World Service.

July 18th 2019
At A Future Fantastic Festival in Sheffield, in conversation with Charles Seaford, discussing his recent book Why Capitalists Need Communists.

July 4th 2019
Took part in a panel discussion on ‘Classics in the 21st century’ at Senate House in London.

June 21st 2019
Gave a talk on ‘Ethical Agency and Indefinite Detention’ at the Migration Matters Festival in Sheffield.


June 20th 2019
Discussed the Mytilenaean Debate on BBC Radio 4 In Our Time:

CLICK HERE to listen on the BBC website.

CLICK HERE to listen on the BBC website.


June/July 2019
Philosophy Now:


May 30th 2019
Discussed Plato’s Republic: a Ladybird Expert Book at the Hay Literary Festival:

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May 25th 2019
Interviewed about judging the Man Booker International Prize for Egyptian website ida2at.com.


May 21st 2019
Man Booker International Presentation:

Man Booker International Judges Elnathan John and Angie Hobbs

Man Booker International Judges Elnathan John and Angie Hobbs


April 29th 2019
Interviewed by Christy O’Brien, a trainee journalist at Sheffield University, for ‘Sheffield taking the lead in welcoming refugees’:


April 5th 2019
Discussed Leonard Cohen (and recited a poem by Lorca) on BBC Radio 3 The Verb. Recorded live for the BBC Free Thinking festival at Sage Gateshead on March 30th 2019.

CLICK HERE to listen on the BBC website.

CLICK HERE to listen on the BBC website.


March 21st 2019
Discussed Plato’s Republic: a Ladybird Expert Book at Warwick Books.

March 2nd 2019
Discussed Plato’s Republic: a Ladybird Expert Book with Nigel Warburton at Blackwell’s Bookshop in Oxford.


January 15th - February 26th 2019
Appeared in six episodes of a new Cosmote TV series on Ancient Greek Philosophers (interviews in English):

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Episode 4 – Knowledge & Ideas
Episode 5 – Justice
Episode 6 – The Good Life
Episode 8 – The Soul
Episode 9 – Friendship
Episode 10 – The Legacy


February 22nd 2019
Discussed moral luck on BBC Radio 4 in Archive on 4: Good Luck Professor Spiegelhalter. (Originally broadcast on January 6th 2018.)

CLICK HERE to listen on the BBC website.

CLICK HERE to listen on the BBC website.


February 7th 2019
Plato's Republic: A Ladybird Expert Book
(Discussed in the Economist.)


December 31st 2018
Discussed heroism on BBC Radio 4 Beyond Belief.


November 2018 - A HISTORY OF IDEAS (repeat from 2014)

BBC Radio 4

16/11/2018 - The Value of Conscience
28/11/2014 – How Do I Tell Right from Wrong?


October 20-21st 2018
Spoke at a weekend school The Philosophy of Art in Classical Greece in Oxford, run by Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education.
20th at 15.00 'The Harmonious Life: Beauty, Mathematics and Goodness'
21st at 9.30 'Plato and the Poets'

October 5th 2018
BBC Radio Sheffield: Discussed the new Sheffield branch of Philosophy in Pubs.


September 29th 2018
Took part in panel discussion ‘Curiosity or Certainty: What drives cultural judgement?’ at Names Not Numbers in Oxford.


September 16th 2018
Took the part of Socrates in the Socrates-Confucius Debate at the New York Times and United Nations event the Athens Democracy Forum in Athens:

The Socrates-Confucius Debate was reviewed in the English language edition of the Kathimerini (a Greek newspaper published in collaboration with the New York Times), and was mentioned in the New York Times.


August 2018 - A HISTORY OF IDEAS (repeats from 2015)

BBC Radio 4

27/08/2018 – What is Justice?
29/08/2018 – The Veil of Ignorance


August 2018 - A History of Ideas (repeats from 2014)

BBC Radio 4

13/08/2018 – What Does it Mean to be Free?
14/08/2018 - Positive and Negative Freedom
Click here to read the Independent's review.
20/08/2018 - Why Are Things Beautiful?
24/08/2018 - Beauty and Morality


August 18th 2018
Took part in 'Is the Nation State in Decline?' on BBC World Service's The Real Story with Carrie Grace.

CLICK HERE to listen on the BBC website.

CLICK HERE to listen on the BBC website.


August 9th 2018
'Wake up! Foucault's warning to us all' (on what Foucault might think of social media) for BBC Ideas:

CLICK HERE to watch on the BBC website.

CLICK HERE to watch on the BBC website.


August 1st 2018
Contributor to The Bermuda Triangle Enigma (Channel 5) – Episode 3: Secrets of the Deep.

CLICK HERE to watch on My5.

CLICK HERE to watch on My5.


June 6th 2018
Gave the J.P. Barron Memorial Lecture at the Institute of Classical Studies in London, on Socrates, Eros and Magic.


June 6th 2018
Interviewed for the Irish Examiner: 'Rethinking philosophy for students':

CLICK HERE to read the article online.

CLICK HERE to read the article online.


May 28th 2018
Took part in three debates at HowTheLightGetsIn:
14.30 'Politics and Post-Truth'
16.00 'Our Sins and Our Selves'
17.30 'The Unequal Society'

Politics and Post-Truth With Steve Fuller, Isabel Hilton, and Leanne Wood

Politics and Post-Truth
With Steve Fuller, Isabel Hilton, and Leanne Wood

Politics and Post-Truth With Leanne Wood

Politics and Post-Truth
With Leanne Wood

Our Sins and Our Selves With Christopher Hamilton

Our Sins and Our Selves
With Christopher Hamilton


May 4th 2018
Spoke on 'Euthyphro's Dilemma: God, the Good and the Role of Philosophy' with Years 10-13 at the Philosophy and Religion Enrichment Day at Sheffield Cathedral:

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March 8th 2018
Gave the 2018 Francis Bacon Lecture on 'Nationhood and Nationalism Today: a Philosophical Perspective' at the University of Hertfordshire:


February 16th 2018
Discussed Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Nietzsche on BBC Radio 3 The Verb for an episode on "Return" (repeat from May 2017):

CLICK HERE to listen on the BBC website.

CLICK HERE to listen on the BBC website.



JANUARY 2018

'The Ideas That Make Us' with Bettany Hughes – Series 4 (repeat)

5th – Episode 3 – Narcissism
17th – Episode 2 – Harmony
24th – Episode 4 – Technology


January 6th 2018
Discussed moral luck on BBC Radio 4's Archive on 4: Good Luck Professor Spiegelhalter:

CLICK HERE to listen on the BBC website.

CLICK HERE to listen on the BBC website.