Hannah H. Kim

Graduation Year
Dissertation Title
Generating and Grounding Fictional Truth
Hannah H. Kim


M.St (Philosophical Theology), University of Oxford
B.A (Philosophy; English), Emory University

I got to philosophy through music. I'm a percussionist/timpanist/drummer, and the happy coincidence of reading Augustine's Confessions while my band was working on a rhythmically challenging piece got me thinking about the elasticity of perceived time. I dropped my Econ major and picked up Philosophy-- and the rest, as they say, is history.

Before my PhD, I worked as a barista (and loved it).

I wrote my undergrad thesis on the history of philosophy of time (Plato, Plotinus, Whitehead, and Kant) and wrote my master's thesis on whether it's possible to change the past. While time remains a strong interest, for my PhD dissertation, I'm focusing on metaphysical questions arising from fiction: what is fictional "truth"? What generates them and/or grounds them? What kinds of things are fictional characters anyway? I also developed a broad aesthetics/philosophy-and-literature interest, and I've written on Wittgenstein, Camus, and Eliot.

As a Korean-American, I wanted to find a way to make my heritage relevant to my academic work-- and this led me to Asian philosophy. I'm especially interested in the role art plays in Confucian moral cultivation and how art can help combat epistemic injustice.