Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT)
Providing 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.
Our recent research includes:
- A Leverhulme Research Fellowship awarded to Miriam Ronzoni for her project Constructing Justice.
- Christian Schemmel won a 'Political Economy Research Fellowship from the Independent Social Research Fund. The project, 'Making All Work Pay: Just Wage Regulation' runs from 1 September 2021 to 31 August 2022. The project abstract can be found on the ISRF website. Christian is also affiliated to the Work and Equalities Institute.
- Steve deWijze was awarded a Mind Association 6-month fellowship in 2018/19 to work on a project entitled 'Dirty Hands: a philosophical analysis'. The project abstract can be found on the Mind Association website.
- Liam Shields is affiliated to the Disadvantage and Poverty Working Group in the Manchester Institute for Education.
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).
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).
- Research specialisms: global justice, punishment, nationalism.
Steve de Wijze (convenor)
- Research specialisms: dirty hands, democratic theory, evil, theories of justice.
- Research specialisms: morality of markets, democratic theory, ideal and non-ideal theory.
- Research specialisms: responsibility to protect, alternatives to war, private military companies.
- Research specialisms: constructivism, transnational justice in non-ideal circumstances.
- Research specialisms: borders, asylum, nationalism.
- Research specialisms: theories of equality, republicanism, welfare state, self-respect.
- Research specialisms: distributive justice, equality of opportunity, education, parental rights.
- Research specialisms: distributive justice, morality markets, justice and legitimacy in the EU.
Hillel Steiner (Emeritus Professor)
- Research specialisms: rights, freedom, left-libertarianism, distributive justice.
Timothy Kenyon (Honorary Research Fellow)
- Research specialisms: Ricardian socialism.
Fredrik D Hjorthen (Oslo), visiting post-doc.
Project title: "Rights-protecting interventionism beyond the use of military force". Funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
Andrea Bruscia (Macerata), visiting PhD student.
Project title: "Non-domination and global justice".
- Jeannine Bringmann: Neorepublican distributive justice.
- Vittorio Gerosa: The role and functioning of deliberative mini-publics in contemporary representative democracies.
- Anh Le: Towards a theory of jus ad vim (justice of force short of war).
- Tawan Manakun: ‘Non-domination, wealth inequality, and the property system.'
- Davide Pala: 'Assessing the global order: A republican idea of global politics justice.'
- Matthew Perry: 'What is the point of dignity? A re-characterisation of dignity as the basis of (human) rights status.'
- Molly Powell: Privacy rights, technology design, and state obligations.
- David Rubin: Inventing collective defence: A rational model for the assessment of alliances
- Karolina Jedrzejczak: The crisis of representative democracy: the issue of self-alienation.
- Riki Yamochi: Introducing realism into just war theory.
Teaching Associate in Political Theory, The University of Manchester
Thesis: Moral status, equality and distributive justice
Lecturer in Political Theory, The University of Manchester
Thesis: On self-ownership and self-enslavement
Research Fellow in Law and Philosophy, University of Birmingham
Thesis: Individual rights, bodies, modifications and enhancements.
Postdoc, Department of Philosophy, University of Zurich
Thesis: Just footprints: distributing ecological space across species, place and time
Lecturer in Political Economy KCL
Thesis: Markets, deliberation and environment problems
Lecturer in Political Theory KCL
Thesis: Self-ownership, appropriation, and the means of production: towards anti-capitalist libertarianism
Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, the University of the West of England
Thesis: Whither humanitarian intervention; resetting the discourse on the responsibility to protect
Assistant Researcher at National Applied Research Laboratories, Taiwan
Thesis: Non-consequentialist approach to solve the humanitarian dilemma
Associate Lecturer, Politics, University of York
Thesis: Distributing the harm of just wars: the requirement to minimise merely foreseen harm
Teaching Fellow, PAIS, University of Warwick
Thesis: Commerce, coin and exploitation