Dr Fiona Hughes

Senior Lecturer
School of Philosophy and Art History
Dr Fiona Hughes
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    5B.139, Colchester Campus

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Fiona Hughes studied at Edinburgh as an undergraduate and at Tübingen, Germany (where she held the Stevenson Research Scholarship), and Merton College, Oxford as a graduate student. She was a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford and lecturer at the universities of Edinburgh and York. She has written articles on Kant, Nietzsche and philosophical aesthetics.


  • MA Edinburgh

  • DPhil Oxford

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Phenomenology (French and German)

Open to supervise

Current research

The relationship between Kants epistemology and aesthetics

Merleau-Ponty`s development of Husserl`s phenomenology

Nietzsches critique of the foundations of value

The relationship between art and philosophy

Fiona is author of Kants Aesthetic Epistemology: Form and World (Edinburgh University Press) June 2007and The Reader's Guide to Kant's Critique of Judgement (Continuum Press) November 2009.

Liminality in philosophy and prehistoric art

Conferences and presentations

Kant and Contemporary Art

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, online conference, 9/2020

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Placement Year (CS703)

  • Skills for University Studies (CS711)

  • Beyond the BA: Skills for the Next Step (CS712)

  • Death, God and the Meaning of Life (PY113)

  • Phenomenology and Existentialism (PY454)

  • Kant's Revolution in Philosophy (PY500)

  • Curatorial Project (AR347)

  • Heritage Project (AR354)

  • Capstone - Art History / Curating / Heritage (AR382)

  • Final Year Dissertation Project (AR383)

  • Dangerous Ideas: Essays and Manifestos as Social Criticism Capstone (CS301)

  • Final Year Dissertation (CS831)

  • Philosophy Capstone Module (PY455)

Previous supervision

Cristobal Garibay Petersen
Cristobal Garibay Petersen
Thesis title: Kant on Time: Self-Affection and the Constitution of Objectivity in Transcendental Philosophy
Degree subject: Philosophy
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 18/4/2018
Lorcan James Whitehead
Lorcan James Whitehead
Thesis title: Why Ambiguity Matters: Merleau-Ponty and the Integration of the Theoretical and the Practical
Degree subject: Philosophy
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 29/6/2015


Journal articles (9)

Hughes, F., (2021). Relief and the Structure of Intentions in Late Palaeolithic Cave Art. The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. 79 (3), 285-300

Hughes, F., (2021). The Temporality of Contemporaneity and Contemporary Art: Kant, Kentridge and Cave Art as Elective Contemporaries. Kantian Review. 26 (4), 583-602

Hughes, F., (2017). Reversibility and chiasm: false equivalents? An alternative approach to understanding difference in Merleau-Ponty’s late philosophy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy. 25 (2), 356-379

Hughes, F., (2013). A Passivity Prior to Passive and Active: Merleau-Ponty's Re-reading of the Freudian Unconscious and Looking at Lascaux. Mind. 122 (486), 419-450

Hughes, F., (2009). Aesthetics and Cognition in Kant's Critical Philosophy edited by Rebecca Kukla. European Journal of Philosophy. 17 (3), 455-460

Hughes, F., (2006). Taste as Productive Mimesis. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology. 37 (3), 308-326

Hughes, F., (2006). On Aesthetic Judgement and our Relation to Nature: Kant's Concept of Purposiveness. Inquiry. 49 (6), 547-572

Hughes, F., (2002). Nietzsche's Janus Perceptions and the Construction of Values. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology. 33 (2), 116-137

Hughes, F., (1998). Forgetful all too Forgetful: Nietzsche and the Question of Measure. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology. 29 (3), 252-267

Books (2)

Hughes, F., (2009). Kant's 'Critique of Aesthetic Judgement' A Reader's Guide. Continuum Press. 9780826497673

Hughes, F., (2007). Kant's aesthetic epistemology: Form and world. Edinburgh University Press. 9780748621224

Book chapters (4)

Hughes, F., Analytic of the beautiful

Hughes, F., (2017). Feeling the Life of the Mind: Mere Judging, Feeling, and Judgment. In: The Palgrave Kant Handbook. Editors: Altman, MC., . Springer. 381- 405. 9781137546562

Hughes, F., (2014). Um potencial político no juízo estético reflexionante: Kant, Hannah Arendt e “Pequena esparta”, de Ian Hamilton Finlay [A political potential in aesthetic reflective judgement: Kant, Hannah Arendt and Ian Hamilton Finlay’s “Little Sparta”]. In: Gosto, interpretação e crítica. Vol. 1. Editors: Freitas, V., Duarte, R., Cecchinato, G. and Vieira da Silva, C., . Relicário. 77- 100. 978-85-66786-04-0

Hughes, F., (2013). Style in communication: The Hip Swing of Hélio Oiticica's Parangolés. In: Style in Theory: Between Literature and Philosophy. Editors: Callus, I., Corby, J. and Lauri-Lucente, G., . Continuum. 9781441128935

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