Angie Hobbs

MA, PhD (Cambridge), FRSA

Department of Philosophy


Portrait of Angie Hobbs
Credit: Timm Cleasby
Office hours: Tuesday 12.30-2.30pm

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Angie Hobbs
Department of Philosophy
45 Victoria Street
S3 7QB
Research interests

Most of my work is in ancient Greek philosophy and in ethics (both ancient and modern), and I have broad interests across both fields. Topics that I particularly focus on are: the ethics of flourishing and virtue ethics; courage, heroism and fame; concepts of 'manliness'; war and peace; love and desire; mental health and illness; relations between philosophy and literature; relations between ethics and aesthetics.

In Plato and the Hero I concentrate on Plato's critique of the notions and embodiments of 'manliness' and courage prevalent in his culture (particularly those in Homer), and his attempt to redefine them in accordance with his own ethical, psychological and metaphysical principles. The question of why courage is necessary in the flourishing life in its turn leads to Plato's bid to unify the noble and the beneficial, and the tensions this unification creates between human and divine ideals.

I am currently working on a new translation of and commentary on Plato's Symposium (for Oxford University Press) and a book on heroism, courage and fame.


Journal articles


  • Hobbs A (2020) Women, Heroism and the First World War, Mobilizing Cultural Identities in the First World War (pp. 127-148). Springer International Publishing RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hobbs A (2017) Socrates, Eros and Magic In Harte V & Woolf, R (Ed.), Rereading Ancient Philosophy : Old Chestnuts and Sacred Cows Cambridge University Press: Cambridge University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hobbs A (2016) Filling the space between: what can we learn from Plato? In Norman R & Carroll A (Ed.), Religion and Atheism: Beyond the Divide London and New York: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hobbs A () 'Women, Heroism and World War 1 In Pedriali F & Savettieri C (Ed.), Mobilizing Identities: Identities in Motion Through the First World War Palgrave View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hobbs A () More and the Republics of Plato In Shrank C & Withington P (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Thomas More's Utopia Oxford: Oxford University Press. RIS download Bibtex download

Website content

  • Hobbs A (2015) Presocratics Interview for RIS download Bibtex download
Professional activities

Fiction writing

'Raqs Sharqi' in The Voyage: Journeys in Creative Writing, a Warwick-Monash anthology of creative writing edd. Chandani Lokuge and David Morley (Silkworks Ink 2011).

I also broadcast regularly for radio, TV, newspapers and the web and speak at a variety of festivals and other venues.