Thomas Smith


  • Room 2.41, Humanities Bridgeford Street, Department of Philosophy, University of Manchester

    M13 9PL Manchester

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After graduating with a BA in philosophy from the University of Cambridge (1992), I spent eight years trying to make a living in the theatre, before taking an MPhil (2002) and a PhD (2007) in philosophy at University College London. I held a Research Fellowship at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (2005-07). I joined the department at Manchester in 2007.

Research interests


I have been the primary supervisor for the following PhD students:


Charlie Place (justice as sharing) PhD 2013. 

Christopher Ovenden (agential control) PhD 2013.

Rebecca Simpson (emotions and rationality) PhD 2014.

Anthony Wheatley (natural law ethics) PhD 2015.

Andrew Kirton (trust and reliance) PhD 2018.

Pilar Lopez-Cantero (romantic love) PhD 2019. 

Leonie Smith (social knowledge and epistemic justice) PhD 2021.

Jonas Faria Costa (agency and sociality) PhD 2023.


Ajinkya Deshmukh (group identity).

Suddhasatwa Guharoy (trust, markets).

I have also been involved in co-supervising these PhD students: Hadis Farokhi Kakesh, Jack Morgan Jones, Hsu-Nan Liou, James Edwards, Alan McDonald, Rebecca Hamilton, Emile Chan, Fred Horton, Joey Montgomery, Mike Chidley.

I am pleased to consider PhD supervision requests from students wishing to work in or around the philosophy of action. 


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