Dr Christopher Fear

Teaching Fellow in Politics

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics


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Dr Christopher Fear was appointed Teaching Fellow in Politics at the University of Hull in September 2017.

Previously, he spent three years teaching philosophy at Okehampton College, in Devon, while developing his publishing profile.

He completed his PhD - on the philosophy of history and political thought of R G Collingwood - in 2013 at the University of Exeter, under the supervision of Professor Iain Hampsher-Monk and Dr Edward Skidelsky.

Chris has also lived and studied in Germany, at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and the Herzog August Bibliothek at Wolfenbüttel. He lives in Devon with his wife Jessica and two dogs.


Research Interests

  • Contemporary political theory

  • History of political thought

  • Philosophy of history

  • Methodological debates in the history of ideas

  • German and British Idealism

  • Conservatism

Research groups

  • Centre for British Idealism and the New Liberalism (University of Hull)

  • Institute for Applied Ethics (University of Hull)

  • British Idealism and Collingwood Centre (Cardiff University)

  • Wyndham Lewis Society


Fear C, ''Was he right?’: R G Collingwood’s Rapprochement between Philosophy and History’, Journal of the Philosophy of History, 11: 3, pp408–424 (2017)

Fear C, ‘William E Connolly’s ‘Politics of Complexity’: a Critique’, The Review of Politics, 79, 1, pp 73–98 (2017)

Fear C, ‘To Absent Enemies: Wyndham Lewis in Contemporary Political Theory’, Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies, 6, pp 83–107 (2015)

Fear C, 'The Question-and-Answer Logic of the History of Ideas’, History of the Human Sciences, 26:3, pp 68–81 (2013)

Fear C, ‘R G Collingwood’s Logic of Question and Answer against the Relativisation of Reason’, in Other Logics: Historical and Philosophical Alternatives to Formal Logic, Admir Skodo (ed), pp 81-100, Boston and Leiden: Brill, (2014)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • History of Political Thought

  • Philosophy, History, and Ideology

  • Critics of Capitalism

  • The Power of Ideas

  • Politics and Philosophy of the Environment

  • Electoral and Voting Systems

  • Managing Your Own Learning

Research PhDs

Chris welcomes applications in political philosophy - contemporary or historical, anglophone or ‘continental’.

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA Philosophy and Politics with European Study (German), 1st class, University of Exeter, with Erasmus year abroad at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2008)

  • MA History of Political Thought, 1st class, University of Exeter (2009)

  • PhD in Politics,University of Exeter (2013)