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Photo of Michael ScottBefore coming to Manchester I was a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Nottingham. My BA is from Oxford University, my PhD from University College London and I was a research fellow at the University of Utrecht (1998-2001). I joined Philosophy at Manchester in 2003 where I am currently a Reader.

I have worked on a number of research project, the most recent being a PI on BIOMOT (2011-15), an EC funded project on the FP7 programme with seven partner institutions in Europe.

Research interests

A central theme in my research is Philosophy of Religion, in particular religious language. I am author of Reading Philosohy of Religion with Graham Oppy (Monash) for Wiley-Blackwell (2010) and Religious Language with Palgrave Macmillan (2013) . The latter book draws on current research in the philosophy of language (as well as work in theology and Continental Philosophy) to develop a novel theory of religious langague. I argue that there is an expressive component in the meaning of religious utterances (although I reject a fully expresssivist theory) and that there are distinctive characteristics to the speech acts employed in religious dicourse. I have published numerous papers in the field and have one fothcoming in Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion.

 I have a number of other philosophical interest and topics on which I have published:

  • Perception, in particular the individuation of the senses. In a paper in progress I defend a fictionalist theory of the senses.
  • Theories of moral motivation.
  • I'm doing some joint research with Lawrence Kelley (Imperial College) on scientific methods in current molecular biology.


I am happy to supervise PhD students on any area of my research.
Starting in 2014, I am supervising Finlay Malcolm on religious language and ethics. Finlay is funded by a School of Social Sciences Award and a President's Scholar Award (see below for more details on available awards). He recently podcasted about his research.
Also, Joey Montgomery, funded by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), is working with me on ethics with a particular focus on environmental issues. (For related research see BIOMOT)
For funding opportunities available to students wishing to do a PhD in any of these areas, please see our funding page for details about scholarships and bursaries. 

Other teaching information

Philosophy of Religion PHIL20022

Philosophy of Psychology PHIL30361 

Metaethics and Religious Langauge PHIL30842.


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