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Dr Joel Smith - personal details

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Role: Lecturer in Philisophy

Tel: 0161 275-1760

Location: Arthur Lewis Building-4.032
School of Social Sciences
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




Picture of Joel SmithI studied philosophy as an undergraduate in Cambridge (Fitzwilliam College) from 1995-1998, taught mostly by Jenny Teichman and Eric Olson. I then moved to University College London to take the MPhil in Philosophy (1998-2000), for which I wrote my dissertation on the philosophy of psychoanalysis (supervised by Sebastian Gardner). I stayed at UCL for my PhD, which was titled "Self-Consciousness and Embodied Experience", this time supervised by Lucy O'Brien. My examiners with Naomi Eilan and Keith Hossack. My first academic job was as a teaching fellow at University of Essex, which I did for two years (2003-5). I then got a post as a research fellow on the AHRC Project on Transcendental Philosophy and Naturalism which was directed by Mark Sacks and ran from 2005 to 2008. I was the naturalist (of sorts). In 2007 I became a lecturer at the University of Manchester (I kept the research fellowship part-time during 07-08). I am married to the brilliant Ann Whittle


I am the Postgraduate Research Director for Philosophy. Manchester has a thriving postgraduate community in philosophy and is a great place to be a research student. If you are thinking of applying to Manchester for a PhD in philosophy, get in touch.

I regularly give philosophy talks in Schools and Sixth Form Colleges around the Manchester area. Recent visits include Aquinas College (Stockport), Brine Leas Sixth Form (Nantwich), Loreto College (Manchester), Salford City College (Eccles), St. Bede's College (Manchester), Stockport Grammar School (Stockport), William Hulme's Grammar School (Manchester), and Winstanley College (Wigan). If you're interested, send me an email.