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After A-levels taken at The College of Richard Collyer Hobbs read Classics at New Hall, Cambridge (now Murray Edwards College, Cambridge). She gained a PhD in Classical Philosophy (Cambridge). After a Research Fellowship at Christ's College, Cambridge, Hobbs became Senior Fellow in the Public Understanding of Philosophy and Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Warwick. She is a specialist in Ancient Greek philosophy with a particular interest in ethics, political theory, and moral psychology.
In April 2012, the University of Sheffield announced Hobbs's appointment as Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy, the first such chair in the UK. Professor Hobbs is now preparing a translation of Plato's Symposium, with a commentary, for Oxford University Press.
She contributes to TV and radio programmes. These contributions include BBC Two's Timewatch special "Atlantis: The Evidence", the National Geographic Channel's "Finding Atlantis", the Radio 4 programme In Our Time hosted by Melvyn Bragg, Radio 3 Night Waves and the BBC World Services The Forum. On February 1, 2015 Hobbs was the castaway on Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4.
- Signed entries on ‘The Symposium’ and ‘Women’ in The Continuum Companion to Plato (ed. Gerald A. Press). Continuum, 2012.
- ‘On Christopher Gill on Particulars, Selves and Individuals in Stoic Philosophy’ in Particulars in Greek Philosophy (ed. R. W. Sharples). Brill: Leiden, 2010.
- Signed entries on ‘Virtue, Philosophical Conceptions of’ and ‘Virtue, Popular Conceptions of’ for The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome (Oxford University Press), 2010.
- ‘Socrates’ in Melvyn Bragg (ed.) In Our Time (a collection of transcripts of 26 programmes selected from several hundred). Hodder and Stoughton, 2009.
- Five revised signed entries for the 3rd ed. of the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics (ed. I McLean and A. McMillan): Plato; Aristotle; Greek Political Thought; Socrates; the Sophists. Oxford University Press, 2008.
- ‘Plato on war’ in Maieusis, a Festschrift in honour of Myles Burnyeat, edited by D. Scott . Oxford University Press, 2007.
- ‘Plato and psychic harmony: a recipe for mental health or mental sickness?’ in Philosophical Inquiry; vol. XXIX no. 5 (a special issue dedicated to the relation between ancient philosophy and contemporary bioethics), edited by Ron Polansky and Tony Chu, 2007.
- ‘Female imagery in Plato’ in Plato’s Symposium: Issues in Interpretation and Reception; edited by J. Lesher, D. Nails and F. Sheffield. Center for Hellenic Studies, Trustees for Harvard University Press, 2006.
- Plato and the Hero: Courage, Manliness and the Impersonal Good, Cambridge University Press, 2000.
- Entries on 'Antiphon', 'Callicles', 'Thrasymachus' and the 'Nomos/Physis debate' for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Routledge, 1998.
- 'Commentary on "Aristotle's Function Argument and the Concept of Mental Illness"', Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology; 5, 1998, pp. 209–213
- Entries on 'Plato', 'Aristotle', 'Greek Political Theory', 'Socrates' and the 'Sophists' for The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics, Oxford University Press, 1996.
- Desert Island Discs' BBC Radio 4
- Guardian article Angela Hobbs's new job is to promote public understanding of philosophy. Can she do for her subject what Dawkins did for his?
- "Philosophy for the Masses - A conversation with Angie Hobbs", Ideas Roadshow, 2013