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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 16.00-17.30, unless otherwise notified.


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 10-15 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 UoM 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 postgrad-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 Two

  • 1 February 2019: Madeleine Hyde (Stockholm). “Use Your Imagination (Sometimes for Epistemic Good)". Please note that the opening seminar this semester is on a FRIDAY and will be in the HBS ground floor Hanson Room.
  • 5 February 2019: Rachel Handley (Liverpool). “Quasi-Realism, Relativism, and Moral Authority”.
  • 12 February 2019: Sarah Christensen (Manchester). “Psychopaths, moral responsibility and two pesky metaethical challenges'”.
  • 19 February 2019: Simon Walgenbach (Manchester). “How Art Can Be Meaningful: A Taxonomy”.
  • 26 February 2019: Jonas Faria Costa (Manchester). “Collective Agency: joint commitment and team reasoning”.
  • 5 March 2019: James Lloyd (Manchester). “Mindreading and Character Traits”.
  • 12 March 2019: Jonathan Mitchell (Manchester). “The Opacity of Emotional Experience”.
  • 19 March 2019: Jakob Ohlhorst (Cologne). “Deep disagreement and the problem of demarcation”.
  • 26 March 2019: William Knowles (Manchester). “Conventionalism of modality: Have you tried restarting it? Part 1”.
  • 2 April 2019: Anne-Marie McCallion (Manchester). “'Why I love Wittgenstein and why more feminists should too!”.
  • 9 April 2019: Mesfer Alhayyani (Manchester). TBC.

Two-week seminar break 

  • 30 April 2019: Helen Ryland (Birmingham). “Human rights”.
  • 7 May 2019: Hadis Farohki (Manchester). TBC.
  • 14 May 2019: Benedetta Magro (Manchester). TBC.
  • 21 May 2019: Daisy Dixon (Cambridge). TBC.
  • 28 May 2019: Carlo Raineri (Manchester). TBC.
  • 4 June 2019: Luiz Leal (Manchester). TBC.