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

Was created the UK's first Senior Fellow in the Public Understanding of Philosophy in 2009.

Honorary Patron of The Philosophy Foundation.

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

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 sign The Philosophy Shop's online petition to the Government asking for more philosophy and critical thinking classes in schools (including primary schools), and for the safeguarding of adequate numbers of philosophy places at University and philosophy lecturers.

Forthcoming public engagement events

March 24th 2015
'Courage and Risk' at The Trouble Club, London. 18.30.

March 25th 2015
'Eros and Eudaimonia' at Brody House, Budapest.

March 28th 2015
2015 Cambridge Graduate conference in Ancient Philosophy, keynote address: 'War and Strife in Ancient Philosophy'.

Early April (exact dates to be confirmed)
Roundtable discussion 'What is Justice' and personal programme on Rawls: Justice as Fairness in The History of Ideas with Melvyn Bragg.

April 25th 2015
'Sympathy, Reason and the Good Life: Why the World Needs Hume' at The David Hume Annual Dinner, Chirnside.

May 19th 2015
Chairing panel debate on Parks and Public Places, Festival of the Arts and Humanities, Sheffield.

May 23rd 2015
Taking part in discussions on the purpose of philosophy and the nature of morality at HowTheLightGetsIn, Hay-on-Wye.

May 24th 2015
hairing a discussion on desire and satisfaction at HowTheLightGetsIn, Hay-on-Wye.

Dates T.B.A.:

Interviewee and script consultant for BBC4 programme on Socrates.

Recent public engagement events

February 12th 2015
Took part in a discussion of the morality of tax avoidance on BBC Radio 4's PM programme (discussion starts 17 minutes in).

February 1st 2015
Appeared on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.

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CLICK HERE to listen on the BBC website.

CLICK HERE to listen on the BBC website.

December 2014

'The Ideas That Make Us' with Bettany Hughes - Series 3

15th - Episode 1 - Psyche
17th - Episode 3 - Irony
19th - Episode 5 - Virtue

November 29th 2014
Took part in a conference on Stoicism Today at Queen Mary, University of London:

November 20th 2014
Spoke on identity and change on the Philosophy Bus in a Philosophy Foundation event to mark World Philosophy Day. Also took the part of Plato in a recreation of Raphael's The School of Athens on the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral (organised by The Idler Academy):

November 13th 2014
Spoke on Women and Heroism at the Women and War Symposium at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. Angie's talk was filmed by Korean state television, who also interviewed her for a forthcoming programme on the current state of the Humanities in Western Europe.

November 2014 - A History of Ideas

BBC Radio 4

10/11/2014 - What Does it Mean to be Free?
11/11/2014 - Positive and Negative Freedom

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17/11/2014 - Why Are Things Beautiful?

21/11/2014 - Beauty and Morality
24/11/2014 - How Can I Tell Right from Wrong?
28/11/2014 - The Value of Conscience

CLICK HERE to listen on the BBC website.

CLICK HERE to listen on the BBC website.

September 9th 2014
Keynote address to the British Postgraduate Philosophy Society in Leeds: The Uses and Abuses of Philosophy.

September 6th 2014
BBC Radio 4 Archive on 4: 'No More Heroes?' (writer and presenter). Selected for Radio 4's Pick of the Week on Sunday 7th September. It was also chosen as 'Pick of the Week' in the Saturday Telegraph, and 'Pick of the Day' in the Saturday Times, Sunday Times, Saturday Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Observer, Saturday Independent and Radio Times.

August 13th 2014
The Birth of Love (BBC Radio 4). Available on the BBC website for seven days after broadcast. Selected for Radio 4's Pick of the Week on Sunday 17th August (starts at 6m 50s).

June 28th 2014
Spoke on erotic power at the Opening Weekend (June 28-29) of the Festival of Love at Southbank Centre.

June 7th 2014
Appeared on Radio 4 Today discussing heroism in warfare (starts at 1m 53s).


Took part in the following events at HowTheLightGetsIn festival at Hay-on-Wye:

May 24th 2014 - 12pm: Philosophy Bites Back (panel discussion of whether science has made philosophy redundant). Watch below:

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May 25th 2014 - 4pm: The Greatest Adventure (panel discussion of romantic love).

May 26th 2014 - 1:.15pm: Fantasies and Lies (panel discussion of myth and fantasy).


May 14th 2014
Was interviewed for an article on Plato and the Atlantis legend for Lithuanian journal Prie Kavos:


May 10th 2014
Gave a couple of talks on Plato on Fame and Status at the Royal Court Theatre in London in conjunction with the new production of Birdland:


April 9th 2014
Spoke on Who Lied? Classical Heroism and World War 1 at the Classics and Classicists in World War 1 Conference in Leeds (8th-10th April):


March 8th 2014
Gave a talk on how ancient Greek philosophy can help bridge any faith/secularism divide at Malvern Science and Faith weekend.

February 19th 2014
Appeared on the Moral Maze, discussing the relationship between science and moral decision-making (interview starts at 25.30).

January 30th 2014
Discussed wisdom with Bettany Hughes on BBC Radio 4's The Ideas That Make Us.

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CLICK HERE to listen on the BBC website.

02/01/2014 - PLATO'S SYMPOSIUM

In Our Time (BBC Radio 4)

A discussion of Plato's Symposium with Richard Hunter (Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Cambridge) and Frisbee Sheffield (Director of Studies in Philosophy at Christ's College, University of Cambridge).

December 28th 2013
Guest on Radio 4 Saturday Live.


November 25th 2013
Took part in a Radio 4 Today programme discussion of the 'Live Like a Stoic Week' project being led by Professor Chris Gill.


November 20th 2013
To mark the UNESCO-led World Philosophy Day, introduced the Philosophy Foundation teaching session in the House of Commons:

Read a summary of the event on the Air Force Amazons blog.


October 30th 2013
Tolerating Intolerance - Public debate: Sheffield Salon in association with Off The Shelf.

October 4th 2013
Gave the Archdeacon Johnson Lecture at Oakham School (Uppingham and Oundle Schools also attended). 

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'The Ideas That Make Us' with Bettany Hughes - Series 1

17th - Episode 2 - Fame
18th - Episode 3 - Love
20th - Episode 5 - Justice

Part of the discussion of Fame was selected for BBC Radio 4's Pick of the Week on September 22nd.


September 16th 2013
Spoke on The Ethics of Money for the Winchester Kitchen Dancers WI.


September 8th 2013
BBC Radio 3 Private Passions interview with Michael Berkeley. Excerpt listed for Pick of the Week on Radio 4 (Sunday 8th). RIGHT-CLICK HERE to download, or listen below.


August 19th 2013
Appeared on BBC Radio 4's Monogamy and the Rules of Love. Also broadcast on December 4th 2013.

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'Revealing the World Afresh'

New Philosopher #1 - Freedom

Article for the first edition of the New Philosopher  magazine in Australia and New Zealand.

Magazine launched August 3rd at the Byron Bay Writers' Festival.


July 21st 2013
Gave lecture on Nature, convention and society in Plato's Republic for the Academy of the Institute of Ideas Summer School.



CLICK HERE to watch video on the Ideas Roadshow website.

CLICK HERE to watch video on the Ideas Roadshow website.

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CLICK HERE to download PDF.


July 13th 2013
Solo talk on The Erotic Magus: Socrates, Eros, and Magic  for The Wapping Project.

June 15th 2013
Solo talk on The Erotic Magus: Socrates, Eros, and Magic at the University of Warwick Book Festival.

May 29th 2013 
Discussed the ethics of tax avoidance on BBC Radio 3 Night Waves.



Solo talk on Erotic Transformations: The Power of Eros in Plato  at HowTheLightGetsIn Philosophy Festival in Hay on Wye.


Panel debate on The Death of the Hero with Ian Blair and Polly Morland at HowTheLightGetsIn Philosophy Festival in Hay on Wye.



The Economist Intelligent Life

Short piece on Plato's ethics of flourishing in The Economist Intelligent Life.

CLICK HERE to read the article online.

CLICK HERE to read the article online.


April 19th 2013
Talk to the Philosophy Society at Marlborough College.

March 21st 2013
Introduced a dramatisation of Socrates' trial at the HUB Westminster, plus a post-performance debate. 


March 20th 2013 
Interview for Sheffield University’s Alumni magazine, about my public understanding of philosophy role:

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March 14th 2013
Introductory talk on Socrates before a dramatisation of Socrates’ Trial (based on Plato’s Apology) staged by the Elliniko Theatro Company from Athens at the Mossbourne Academy, Hackney (part of the Socrates Now project).

February 7th 2013
BBC Radio 4 In Our Time discussion on Epicureanism.


February 4th 2013
'Food waste: how much of it is consumer responsibility?' in the Guardian.

Food waste: how much of it is consumer responsibility? (The Guardian)

Food waste: how much of it is consumer responsibility? (The Guardian)


January 11th 2013
BBC Radio 4 Today programme discussion of food waste.

A selection of media and public engagement highlights

December 8th 2012
BBC Radio 4 Today programme discussion of the ethics of photojournalism (starts 1.54).

November 28th 2012
Discussion of the Seven Deadly Sins on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour.

November 15th 2012
Philosophers in the Marketplace, a public debate to mark World Philosophy Day and the launch of The Philosophy Shop.

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November 14th 2012
Faith and Secularism: the Moral Resourcing of the Nation, a public debate in Westminster Abbey on virtue ethics and celebrity culture (with the Abbey’s Canon Theologian Vernon White, and Professor John Milbank).

Filmed for BBC Two Westminster Abbey programme on December 21st 2012 at 9pm.


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October 25th 2012
Introduced Peter Worley's The If Odyssey at the British Museum.


October 21st 2012
Keynote speaker at the Centenary Meeting of the Philosophy Society of England, discussing the current state of philosophy, both within and without the academy (took place in Malmesbury in conjunction with the Hobbes Philosophy Festival, the main festival of Malmesbury's PhilosophyTown project):


October 11th-12th 2012
Gave the annual Joseph A. Reich, Sr., Distinguished Lecture on War, Morality and the Military Professionat the US Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs; I spoke on ‘Courage and Risk’.

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September 19th 2012
At the invitation of the Mayor of Newham, took part in the closing debate of the Cultural Olympiad at Stratford Picturehouse: Is Religion Redundant in Modern Society? (with the Rev. Lucy Winkett and Claire Fox).

September 8th 2012
BBC Radio 4 Today programme discussion of French education minister's proposal for secular morality lessons in schools (starts 8.46).