Samuel Hughes

Research Fellow

Academic Summary

  • B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Oxon.)
  • B.Phil. in Philosophy (Oxon.)

Samuel Hughes read for a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and a B.Phil. in Philosophy at
Lincoln College, Oxford, where he was supervised by Roger Scruton and Edward Harcourt. He is
currently completing a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of
Angela Breitenbach and Paulina Sliwa, entitled ‘In Pursuit of Reason: An Essay on Rationality and the
Emotions’. He has also worked as a visiting research student at the University of Tokyo and the
Humboldt University of Berlin.

In the autumn of 2019 he will based in Rome as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Notre Dame’s
campus there. He will be starting a book on understandings of artistic style, especially in nineteenth-
century German thought.

Research Interests

  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of emotion
  • Nineteenth-century German thought
  • Philosophical and theological aesthetics (esp. aesthetics of architecture) 


Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar, University of Cambridge


  • ‘Tradition and Authenticity in Scruton’s Aesthetics’, Philosophy. Forthcoming.
  • ‘German Idealism’ in Benedikt Göcke (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Idealism. Forthcoming.
  • ‘Schiller on the Pleasure of Tragedy’, British Journal of Aesthetics 55:4 (2015).