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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

2017-18 Semester 2

13 February 2018: Andries de Jong (Manchester). Pre-read paper: “Everett on Meinongianism and Negative Existentials”.

20 February 2018: Simon Walgenbach (Manchester). The Anti-Intentionalist Fallacy. Literary Meaning Beyond Literal Meaning”.

27 February 2018: Nemesio García-Carril Puy (Granada). Defending the type/token theory against Hazlett’s argument”.

6 March 2018: Jonas Raab (Manchester). “The Unbearable Lightness of Easy Ontology”.

13 March 2018: Justina Berskyte (Manchester). Rollercoasters are Not Fun for Mary”.

20 March 2018: Jon Bebb (Manchester).Against the Heuristics-and-Biases Strategy for Normative Causation”.

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17 April 2018: Celia Coll (York). "Aesthetics and Character”.

24 April 2018: Leonie Smith (Manchester). “Nudging as Epistemic Resistance”.

1 May 2018: Daniel Vanello (Geneva). “Two Conceptions of Ethical Practice and the Appropriateness of Emotions”.

8 May 2018: Oliver Spinney (Manchester). “Wittgenstein and Bradley’s Neglected Regress”.

15 May 2018: Will Morgan (Sheffield). Immunology and the Metaphysics of Organisms”.

22 May 2018: Madeleine Hyde (Stockholm). “There are No Different Kinds of Imagination”.