Christopher Hill

Hill, Christopher


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What is suffering?

The existence of suffering has always been, either explicitely or implicitely, a fundamental philosophical concern. Yet what exactly constitutes suffering and how it occurs have been peculiarly taken for granted. As a result, the phenomenon of suffering is understood primarily through meaning creation and the pressing ethical imperative. Our understanding of what suffering actually is is ambiguous, partial, and inadequate which has consequential ethical implications. In recent years, this ontological deficiency has begun to be addressed. But what have been offered to date are, in my view, suspiciously Cartesian ontologies that inadequately describe the nature of suffering. As an alternative, therefore, I am attempting to uncover the character of suffering by analysing this phenomenon in the context of process ontology.


I am currently researching the ontology of suffering at the University of Dundee under the supervision of Dr Tina Röck and Dr Dominic Smith. I obtained an MA in Critical Theory and Culture Studies at the University of Nottingham in 2017; an MA in Continental Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion, also at the University of Nottingham in 2016; and a BA (Hons) Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Oxford Brookes University, 2015. The preceding and intervening years I worked Among These Dark Satanic Offices of various UK corporations.



I have created and delivered undergraduate courses on Introduction to / History of Continental Philosophy, and also teach undergraduate Phenomenology and Existentialism. 

My teaching has therefore focused in particular on Ancient Greek philosophy, Descartes, Spinoza, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Feuerbach, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Husserl, Bergson, Whitehead, Heidegger, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Arendt, Fanon, Structuralism, Derrida, Deleuze.

Research interests


Process philosophy


Philosophy of motion/movement