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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, including a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2008-10) and a large AHRC project ('Metaphysics of Science', 2006-9), on which I was a co-investigator along with Alexander Bird (Bristol, PI) and Stephen Mumford (Nottingham). More recently, I was co-applicant on a 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. (The University of Manchester hosts Alexander's unpublished correspondence and papers. Click here for our Alexander-related website.)

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'm President Elect of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science, 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. 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. 

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