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History of Analytic Philosophy

We have a broad range of research on the history of analytic philosophy going on in the department.

About us

We have scholars of early analytic philosophy (including but not only Frege, Russell and Wittgenstein), the Vienna Circle (especially Neurath and Carnap), recent analytic philosophy (including Quine and Lewis) and the contribution of women to logic and analytic metaphysics (including Stebbing and Barcan Marcus). The department is home to the Forum for Quine and the History of Analytic Philosophy and hosts a research project on the role of David Lewis in the development of 20th century analytic philosophy. For information about members of staff working on the history of analytic philosophy and some of their recent publications, follow the 'People' link on the main navigation menu.

We welcome expressions of interest from prospective master's and PhD students, and from postdoctoral researchers who would like to come to Manchester to work on the history of analytic philosophy. Take a look at our page for prospective postgraduate researchers.

For general queries about the history of analytic philosophy at Manchester, please contact Fraser MacBride.

Projects and events

Our current project, The Age of Metaphysical Revolution: David Lewis and his Place in 20th Century Philosophy, runs from 2016 to 2019 and is funded by the AHRC. The project treats Lewis as a historical figure, tracing the influences on the origins and development of his thought in a monograph co-authored by the project team (Helen Beebee, Fraser MacBride, Frederique Janssen-Lauret and Anthony Fisher); we’ll also be publishing two volumes of Lewis’s correspondence, a volume of his unpublished work, and various journal articles.

Upcoming events can be found on our events page.