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:
Philosophy and Religion, Hope and Rapture
01 September 2019
'An immense expenditure of energy come to nothing': philosophy, literature and death in Peter Weiss' "Abschied von den Eltern"
01 September 2019
'No one is the author of his life': philosophy, biography and autobiography
11 December 2018
Walter Benjamin's Berliner Kindheit um 1900: Longing, Enchantment and the Material Subject
03 July 2018
'Frail worms of the earth': philosophical reflections on the meaning of life
01 March 2018
'This damnable, disgusting old age': Ageing and (being) one's body
01 January 2017
Review of Martin Warner, The Aesthetics of Argument
02 September 2016
Simone Weil, Late Philosophical Writings (ed. with intro. Eric O.Springsted, trans. Eric O. Springsted and Lawrence E. Schmidt), (Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2015). viii+204, $20 pb.
20 July 2016
A Philosophy of Tragedy
01 March 2016
'Humanity, Animality, and Philosophy in Primo Levi'
01 January 2016