Professor Hudson studied history and law at the University of Sydney and then German Philosophy at Oxford University where he wrote his Doctor of Philosophy under the famous Polish philosopher, Leszek Kolakowski. He is a world authority on the German Jewish philosopher of hope Ernst Bloch, and has written the standard book in English on his work. Professor Hudson worked in Europe for twelve years. He was a Junior Research Fellow at Linacre College, Oxford, and lectured in philosophy (in Dutch) at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands from 1979-1985. On his return to Australia, he became a Senior Lecturer at Griffith University, Brisbane. He is Professor of History and Philosophy at Griffith University.