Department of Philosophy – Professor Angie Hobbs

Angie Hobbs is a Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. In 2009, she was created the UK’s first Senior Fellow in the Public Understanding of Philosophy. She is also an Honorary Patron of The Philosophy Foundation.

Her aim is to promote understanding of philosophical arguments and analysis, and explore ways they can be applied to current debates. For example, on democracy, nationalism, migration and the refugee crisis, the ethics of money and banking, inter-faith and faith-secular dialogue. She also works with various governments and charities to promote the study of philosophy in schools, at both primary and secondary level.

Most of Angie’s research focuses on ancient Greek philosophy and in ethics (both ancient and modern). She is a regular contributor to radio and TV programmes  (including 19 appearances on In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg),

newspaper articles and philosophy websites. She also engages in a variety of public and civic work in the U.K and abroad, for example she has spoken in the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey and to the United States Air Force Training Academy in Colorado.

Despite her worldwide platform, Angie remains resolutely committed to Sheffield students and the local community.

In 2015, Angie was a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, choosing a harp with teach yourself books and plenty of strings as her luxury item.