Dr Christopher Hughes
Reader in Philosophy
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Address Room 709, Philosophy Building
King's College London
Dr Hughes received his BA at Wesleyan University, and then his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh. Before coming to London, he taught at Cornell University.
Philosophy of Religion
Dr Hughes' philosophical interests are mainly in metaphysics, philosophical logic, the philosophy of religion, and mediaeval philosophy. (In a way, though, his philosophical interests are all in metaphysics, inasmuch as the problems that occupy him in philosophical logic or philosophy of religion or mediaeval philosophy are problems in metaphysics. In fact, he tends to think everyone’s philosophical interests are all in metaphysics, because metaphysics just is philosophy, but that’s another story…)
In metaphysics, he has worked a good bit on problems having to do in one way or another with identity - for example, on what good criteria of identity for material objects and for events might be, on the identity or otherwise of things existing in different possible worlds or different times, on the identity and persistence of (human) persons, on the possibility of intermittent existence (can anything existing after a thing has gone out of existence be identical to that thing?), and so on. He is also interested in a set of problems concerning time, truth, and necessity, and in particular in the question of whether there is a sense of “necessary” in which only necessary propositions are knowable, or in which only necessary truths are true.
In philosophy of religion, he has done work on natural theology and natural atheology, and on various questions concerning divine attributes, for example: Could God be absolutely simple? Could He be three different persons in one nature? Could He know all the truths there are to know about who or what doesn’t exist?)
His work in mediaeval philosophy has primarily centred on Aquinas’s metaphysics - especially, his (hylomorphic) accounts of the metaphysical constitution of material substances and of human beings - and on his philosophical theology, but he also has interests in Augustine (especially, on freedom and necessity), Anselm (especially, on the Trinity), and Ockham (especially, on the truth and knowability of propositions about the open future).
Christopher Hughes (2004) Kripke: Names, Necessity, and Identity Oxford University Press
Other selected publications
Christopher Hughes (2011) 'Conspecific Coincidence and Mutual Incorporation' Philosophical Perspectives, 25 (1), pp. 241-252.
[Article in print Journal]
Christopher Hughes (2010) 'Defending the Consistency of the Doctrine of the Trinity', in Philosophical and Theological Essays on the Trinity pp. 314-327 [Chapter]
Christopher Hughes (2010) 'Metafisica', in Il genio compreso. La filosofia di Saul Kripke pp. ?-? [Chapter]
Christopher Hughes (2009) 'Ockham on An Argument against God's Knowledge of Future Contingents', in A Pilgrimage Through the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition pp. ?-? [Chapter]
Christopher Hughes (2006) 'Conoscenza Religiosa', in Filosofia delle conoscenze pp. ?-? [Chapter]
Christopher Hughes (2005) Filosofia della religione. La prospettiva analitica Laterza [Authored Book in print]
Christopher Hughes (2005) 'More Fuss About Formulation: Sider (and me) on Three- and Four-Dimensionalism' Dialectica, 59 (4), pp. 463-480. [Article in print Journal]
Dr Hughes currently teaches on the following modules
Dr Hughes also supervises BA and MA dissertations, and a number of MPhilStud and PhD research students.
Expertise and public engagement
Dr Hughes currently supervises a number of MPhilSt and PhD research students on various projects relating to his research interests.
He has successfully seen a large number of projects to completion in recent years (for further details, please see his research gateway profile), and welcomes enquiries from prospective students who are interested in working with him on topics in metaphysics, philosophical logic, philosophy of religion and medieval philosophy.