Professor Angie Hobbs


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

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Associate Fellow, The Crick Centre, Sheffield

Executive Committee member and Trustee of the Forum for European Philosophy

Patron of the Philosophy in Education Project (PEP)

Advisory Committee, Speakers' Corner Trust

Steering Committee of the Medieval and Ancient Research Centre (MARCUS), Sheffield

Angie Hobbs gained a First Class Honours Degree in Classics and a PhD in Ancient Philosophy at New Hall (now Murray Edwards College), University of Cambridge.  After a Research Fellowship at Christ’s College, Cambridge, she moved to the Philosophy Department at the University of Warwick; in 2012 she was appointed Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, a position created for her and the first of its kind in the U.K. (and, as far as can be ascertained, the world).  Her chief interests are in ancient philosophy and literature, ethics (both theoretical and applied) and political theory, and she has published widely in these areas, including Plato and the Hero (Cambridge University Press).  She contributes regularly to radio and TV programmes (including 19 appearances on In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg), newspaper articles and philosophy websites; she lectures and gives talks around the world.  She also engages in a variety of public and civic work in the U.K and abroad: in the last couple of years she has, for instance, spoken in the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey and to the United States Air Force Training Academy (USAFA) in Colorado.  She addresses contemporary challenges such as the ethics of war, the ethics of money, how best to promote inter-faith and faith-secular dialogue and the notion of fairness.  In September 2013 she was Michael Berkeley’s guest on Radio 3’s Private Passions, and this autumn she is to be Kirsty Young’s guest on Desert Island Discs.  With her academic hat on, she is currently writing a book on heroism, courage and fame and producing a new translation of, and commentary on, Plato’s Symposium, a vivid dramatic dialogue exploring different views on the origins, nature, aims and effects of erotic love.

Angie is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Chair of the Institute of Art and Ideas Trust, an Honorary Patron of The Philosophy Foundation, one of the Town Philosophers for Malmesbury PhilosophyTown, and is on the Advisory Committee of the Speakers' Corner Trust.

Outside academia, Angie has many interests: walking, travelling, music, the theatre and many sports, especially cricket!