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Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT)

MANCEPT provides an active forum for education, and research in political theory and philosophy, building on a long tradition of international excellence in political theory.

MANCEPT is one of the largest and strongest groupings in analytical political theory in the UK.


Its core membership includes all members of staff currently teaching and researching in aspects of political theory, and all graduate students working on doctoral dissertations in political theory and philosophy. The Centre also engages with numerous scholars with cognate interests from other parts of the University.

Members' research interests range over philosophical, normative, positive and historical aspects of political theory.

MANCEPT organises a seminar series, as well as fostering discussion on particular topics through specialised workshops, reading groups and seminars and one-day conferences involving MANCEPT members and visiting speakers such as Peter Vallentyne (Missouri-Columbia), Russell Hardin (NYU), Geoffrey Brennan (ANU), Jeff McMahan (Rutgers), Stephen Darwell (Michigan) and Joseph Raz (Oxford and Columbia).  

MANCEPT members are also active in organising occasional conferences – such as the 2007 conference on 'Disability and Disadvantage' involving (among others)  Dan Brock (Harvard),  Leslie Francis (Utah), and Douglas MacLean (UNC)  and supported by an AHRC award, and the 2008 annual conference of the Society for Applied Philosophy involving (among others) C.A.J. Coady (Melbourne), George Sher (Rice), Jerry Gaus (Arizona), and Richard Dagger (Arizona).

MANCEPT organises an annual workshop. MANCEPT also encourages the work of graduate students, by sponsoring an annual international postgraduate conference- Brave New World.

Our people

Academic staff

Current PhD students

Jeannine Bringmann

Giacomo Floris

Vittorio Gerosa

Ruxandra Ivanescu

Anh Le

Tawan Manakun

Davide Pala

Matthew Perry

Molly Powell

David Reuben