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Prof  Helen Beebee - Personal details


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Role: Samuel Hall Professor of Philosophy


Tel: 0161 275-1755

Location: Arthur Lewis Building-4.048
School of Social Sciences
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL



I studied at Warwick (BA), Liverpool (MA) and King's College London (PhD). Before coming to Manchester for the second time in 2012, I was a temporary lecturer at Edinburgh (1994-5), St. Andrews (1995-6) and UCL (1996-7), a postdoc at the Australian National University (1997-9), a lecturer/senior lecturer at Manchester (1999-2005), and then a professor at Birmingham (2005-12), where I did stints as Head of Department (2005-8) and Head of School (2011-12).

I've been involved in various research projects: I have been a co-investigator on a large AHRC project ('Metaphysics of Science', 2006-9) with Alexander Bird (Bristol) and Stephen Mumford (Nottingham), principal investigator on an AHRC 'exploratory award' ('Responsibility and Neuroscience', 2012), and the grateful recipient of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2008-10). I was co-applicant on a recent successful application to the Royal Society/British Academy for a Newton International Fellowship, with the result that Dr Anthony Fisher is spending two years at Manchester, working on Samuel Alexander, from January 2014.

I am one of the co-editors of Philosophy and Phenomenological Research and an associate editor of the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science and the new Journal of the American Philosophical Association; I'm also on the editorial boards of Hume Studies and the Australasian Journal of Philosophy.

I was Director of the British Philosophical Assocation from 2007 to 2011 and a member of the AHRC's Advisory Board from 2009 to 2013. I'm co-chair (with Jenny Saul) of the BPA/Society for Women in Philosophy (UK) Committee for Women in Philosophy, and I'm a member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy's Council and Executive Committee.

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