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, 2.53) and run from 16.15-17.45, 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

2019-20 Semester One

  • 1 October 2019: Leonie Smith (Manchester) - "UK Poverty Abuse and the print press media: the ontological basis for responsibility"
  • 8 October 2019: Jonas Faria Costa (Manchester) - “Collective action”
    15 October 2019James Lloyd (Manchester) - “Cognitive gadgets, mindreading, and genetic assimilation”
  • 22 October 2019: Joey Montgomery (Manchester) - “Climate change: what has integrity got to do with it?”
  • 29 October 2019: Oliver Spinney (Manchester) - “Bradley and Wittgenstein on scepticism”
  • 5 November 2019: Hadis Farokhi (Manchester) - “Are moral judgements pleasurable?”
  • 12 November 2019: Madeleine Hyde (Stockholm) - “The direction of fit of imagining”
  • 19 November 2019: Jon Bebb (Manchester) - “Is ‘normal’ ambiguous?”
  • 26 November 2019: Gong Chen (Manchester) - “Category crossing metaphors” ***note: this seminar will begin at 16.30***
  • 3 December 2019: Beth Ansell (Manchester) - “A new solution to the myth of the given”
  • 10 December 2019: Luiz Leal (Manchester) - “The metaphysics of sound: location and persistence conditions”