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Dr Neil Manson

Senior Lecturer

Neil Manson

Lancaster University

County South



Tel: +44 1524 594668

Office Hours:

Neil's office hours SummerTerm are Wednesdays 12-2

PhD supervision

Any (of the very many) philosophical aspects of consent and informed consent

Current Teaching

PHIL100 - Introduction to Philosophy

PPR 213 Epistemology

PPR307 History of Twentieth Century Philosophy

PPR 456 Paternalism, Autonomy and Consent



Research Interests

Neil C. Manson studied philosophy at King's College London,  University College London and Corpus Christi College Oxford. From 1998 to 2005 he was a fellow of King's College Cambridge.  Since 2005 he has been at Lancaster University.

My current research interest is consent: what is it?  How does it work?  What does it require to work?  These broad questions have an application in a wide range of areas, including medical ethics - see recent papers on adolescent consent, biobank consent, research ethics, consent to organ donation.  My work with Onora O'Neill on some of these topics can be found in Rethinking Informed Consent in Bioethics (CUP, 2007).  I am currently working on a number of papers on philosophical aspects of consent - some to do with the "fundamentals" of consent, and some to do with topics in the applied philosophy of consent.

I'm a great believer in the idea that philosophers should try to say, and do, things that take them beyond the insular world of the "academy".  I'm currently chair of the Society for Applied Philosophy (and have been involved with the Society, and its journal, the Journal of Applied Philosophy for many years now).  I've also been involved in a wide variety of applied philosophy discussions, workshops, and committees. I'm currently a member of the (UK) Medical Research Ethics Committee "Ethics, regulation, and public involvement committee".

You may be looking at this page because we've met on an applicant visit day, or university open day - that would be with my "admissions tutor" hat on  - if you have any queries about studying philosophy at Lancaster, as an undergraduate, then do contact me (email is on the right).

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