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PhD seminar

A weekly work-in-progress seminar run by PhD students, for PhD students.

The Manchester Philosophy PhD seminar series is open to all postgraduate, teaching, postdoctoral and faculty members of the School of Social Sciences.

Seminars take place on Tuesdays in the Philosophy department meeting room (Humanities Bridgeford Street, 2.053) and run from 4pm to 5:30pm, unless otherwise notified.

About the seminar

Each week, a PhD candidate presents a 45-minute work-in-progress paper, followed by a short break and then a 40-minute Q&A and discussion.

Occasionally, we issue pre-read material. In these weeks, attendees are asked to read the piece ahead of the seminar. A short 10 to 15-minute overview will be given by the speaker at the start of the session, followed by a 45-minute Q&A.


The majority of papers are presented by University of Manchester PhD candidates; however, each semester we also invite a number of visiting researchers and external PhD candidates/postdoctoral researchers to present.


Manchester PhD candidates are expected to attend on a regular basis; however, we encourage everyone from postgraduate-level upwards to come along to listen and take part in any weeks that are of interest.

Further details

For more information, or to propose a paper for a future session, please get in touch with the seminar convener, Leonie Smith, at

2018-19 Semester 1

  • 25 September 2018: Beth Ansell (Manchester) - "Acquaintance, Speckled Hens, and the Determinacy of Experience"
  • 2 October 2018: Andries De Jong (Manchester) - "Does Intentional Identity Support Modal Meinongianism? Identity Issues in Intentionality and Fiction" 
  • 9 October 2018: Jonas Raab (Manchester) - "Carnap's 'Empiricism, Semantics and Ontology' and its Ramifications"
  • 16 October 2018: Jeroen Smid (Manchester) - "Mereology and Time Travel"
  • 23 October 2018: Olly Spinney (Manchester) - "Russell's Logical Theory of Ramified Types and his Multiple Relation Theory of Judgement"
  • 30 October 2018: Marta Cabrera Miquel (Valencia) - "Can Emotions be Reasons for Action?"
  • 7 November 2018: Emile Chan (Manchester) - "Saving the Epistemic Argument for the Perceptual Theory"
  • 13 November 2018: Jansan Favazo (Macerata) - "Sherlock Holmes Does Not Exist: An Anti-Realistic Account of Fictional Objects"
  • 20 November 2018: Jon Bebb (Manchester) - "Making Sense of Normality"
  • 27 November 2018: Leonie Smith (Manchester) - "How to Win Over Epistemic Enemies and Influence People"
  • 4 December 2018: Justina Berskyte (Manchester) - TBC
  • 11 December 2018: Penny Orr (Manchester) - TBC