Robert Hopkins

(MA, PhD Cantab., MPhil Lond.)


Rob Hopkins researches and teaches the philosophy of mind and aesthetics. He has worked on how pictures represent (the subject of a book, `Picture, Image and Experience´ 1998); and on other topics central to the philosophy of the visual arts, including the aesthetics of sculpture, photography, painting and film. Many of these issues are examined in two of the modules he teaches, Philosophy & Film and Philosophy of Art and Literature. The latter also considers (among other things) the question of the nature and status of aesthetic judgement, a topic on which Rob has published several papers. Rob is co-editor of a major reference guide to the philosophy of art, the Blackwell Companion to Aesthetics. His research and teaching also covers the imagination, and its differences from perception, a topic on which in the past he has lectured, and which is the subject of a series of papers he is currently publishing.

Rob prefers to teach, as far as is possible, by engaging the audience in the discussion. Done well, this keeps everyone focussed, emphasizes that learning in philosophy is primarily about thinking rather than loading up on information, makes it easier to identify misunderstandings and is true to philosophy´s roots in shared puzzlement over difficult questions. If you come to Rob´s lectures, you should expect to think and (ideally) be ready to contribute.

Rob´s work has appeared in many journals, including Mind, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Nous, Journal of Philosophy and Philosophical Review. He has done a little radio work, including Melvyn Bragg's 'In Our Time', on Nietzsche and Nihilism. Rob has given papers at conferences and to departments all around the country, and in various parts of continental Europe, Asia and North America. In 2001 he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in recognition of his research. For several years he was Honorary Secretary of the Mind Association. He is President of the European Society for Aesthetics. For 2012-14 Rob will be teaching at New York University.


email : r.hopkins (at)

Selected publications

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Office hours

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I have supervised PGs on a variety of topics, and would welcome the chance to work with graduates on still more.

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Work In Progress

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