Christopher Hamilton


Christopher is a professor of philosophy and religion at King's College London. He 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. During this time he was elected a Member of the Institute of Linguists. Christopher has been involved in the HowTheLightGetsIn festival for the past few years where he takes part in debates and gives solo talks. He is also a course instructor for the IAI Academy, a new educational platform offering courses from world-leading scholars on the ideas that matter. He has been Scholar in Residence at the University of Salzburg, Austria, and Visiting Professor at the University of Trent, Italy.

Christopher is as interested in literature and film as he is in philosophy, and he believes that these disciplines have an essential role not simply in academic life but in helping us as individuals think about the nature and meaning of our own lives. He has published five books and numerous articles on Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Simone Weil, Primo Levi and W.G. Sebald, and in ethics, philosophy of religion and aesthetics, and all his writings display a deep concern for philosophy and literature as existentially important for specialists and non-specialists alike.