Christopher Hamilton completed his BA in philosophy at King's College London (where he also completed the Associateship of King's College) and went on to do an MPhil in philosophy at Birkbeck College London. He began his PhD at Corpus Christi College Cambridge and completed it at Birkbeck College and the University of Bonn, Germany, where he studied German literature as well as philosophy. Whilst a graduate student he taught on a part-time basis for Birkbeck College and the Open University, as well as spending four months as a Lecturer in Philosophy at the Catholic University of Lublin, Poland. After finishing his PhD, he taught at Sheffield University for a year, and then completed a PGCE in modern foreign languages at Roehampton College, University of Surrey. For four years he then taught a variety of subjects at secondary level, including German, French, philosophy, religious studies and film studies. He joined the Department of Theology and Religious Studies in September 2003. In 2007, he was Scholar in Residence at the University of Salzburg, Austria, and in 2013 he was Visiting Professor at the University of Trent, Italy.
Research interests and PhD supervision
- The relation between philosophy and literature, and between moral, religious and aesthetic value
- The nature of good and evil
- Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Simone Weil
- The philosophy of middle age
Christopher Hamilton is as interested in literature as he is in philosophy, and much of his research has been in the areas between these two disciplines. Roughly, his work explores themes in moral philosophy, but always with an eye on aesthetics, political philosophy and philosophy of religion. He believes that philosophy has largely lost touch with the ancient goals of seeking wisdom and exploring the meaning of life, and these topics are central in his research. His interest in languages is also important here, and in recent work he has been seeking to explore the distinctive literary styles of different philosophical texts.
Christopher welcomes enquiries from prospective research students, who would like to work with him on projects relating to his research interests.
For more details, please see his full research profile.
- 4AAT1027 Elements of Ethics
- 4AAT1601 Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
- 5AAT2039 Ethics, Philosophy and Literature
- 5AAT2601 Philosophy and Film
- 6AAT3601 The Search for Meaning
- 7AATC414 Christianity and Literature
Expertise and public engagement
Christopher has been involved in the HowTheLightGetsIn festival for the past few years. Links to some video content of his talks can be found below, via the Institute for Art and Ideas.
Christopher is also a course instructor for the IAI Academy, a new educational platform offering courses from world-leading scholars on the ideas that matter. A link to Christopher's course can be found below:
Christopher serves on the advisory team of Strategy of Mind, a global executive learning firm.
Christopher has been featured in several radio programmes:
Hamilton, C. F., Sep 2019, In : European Journal for Philosophy of Religion. 11, 3, p. 115-134 20 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.24204/EJPR.V11I3.2964
Hamilton, C. F., Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) Routledge Companion to Death and Literature: Neil Murphy, Daniel Jernigan, Michelle Wang . Routlege Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Hamilton, C. F., 11 Dec 2018, (Accepted/In press) Palgrave Handbook of Philosophy and Literature. Stocker, B. & Mack, M. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Hamilton, C. F., 3 Jul 2018, In : Life writing. 15, 3, p. 369-383 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article
Hamilton, C., Mar 2018, In : RELIGIOUS STUDIES. 54, 1, p. 55-71 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0034412516000391
Hamilton, C., 1 Jan 2017, The Palgrave Handbook of the Philosophy of Aging. BFI Palgrave Macmillan, p. 305-324 20 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-39356-2_18
Hamilton, C. F., 2 Sep 2016, In : AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY. 3 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Book/Film/Article review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/00048402.2016.1225109
Hamilton, C., 20 Jul 2016, In : PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS. 5 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1111/phin.12144
Hamilton, C., Mar 2016, Reaktion Books, London. 174 p. Research output: Book/Report - Book
Hamilton, C. F., 2016, Interpreting Primo Levi: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Chapman, A. & Vuohelainen, M. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 67-81 15 p. (Italian and Italian American Studies). Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter