Society Officers


Chair: Dr Neil Manson, BA, MPhil, DPhil

Neil C. Manson studied philosophy in London , taking his BA at King's College London in 1992 and his MPhil at University College London in 1995. He then went to Corpus Christi College Oxford, gaining his DPhil in 1998 with a thesis entitled Conscious Thought. From 1998 to 2005 he had two research fellowships at King's College Cambridge. He has taught philosophy in London, Oxford and Cambridge.

His main research interests are in consent, and related issues that arise to do with normative aspects of knowledge and communication. Recent publications include:

  • "Transitional paternalism: how shared normative powers give rise to the asymmetry of adolescent consent and refusal", Bioethics (2014)
  • "Informed consent" in International encyclopedia of ethics (2013) LaFollette, H. (ed.). Chichester: Wiley
  • Reading Onora O'Neill (2013) London: Routledge, Archard, D. (ed.), Deveaux, M. (ed.), Manson, N. (ed.) & Weinstock, D. (ed.)
  • "Informed consent and referential opacity" (2013) in Archard, D., Deveaux, M., Manson, N. & Weinstock, D. (eds.). Reading Onora O'Neill, London: Routledge
  • "Normative consent is not consent" in Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics (2013). 22, 1, p. 33-44.

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Hon. Secretary: Dr Massimo Renzo, PhD
Massimo Renzo is  Reader in Politics, Philosophy and Law at the King's College, London. He specializes primarily in legal and political philosophy. His main research interests are in the problems of authority, political obligation, international justice and the philosophical foundations of the criminal law. His most recent publications in the area of practical philosophy include:

  • "Fairness, Self-Deception and Political Obligation", Philosophical Studies, forthcoming.
  • "Democratic Authority and the Duty to Fight Unjust Wars", Analysis, forthcoming.
  • "Human Needs, Human Rights", in Rowan Cruft et al. (eds.), The Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights, Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  • “Responsibility and Answerability in the Criminal Law”, in R.A. Duff, et al. (eds.), The Constitution of the Criminal Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • "Crimes Against Humanity and the Limits of International Criminal Law", Law and Philosophy, 31 (4), 2012: 443-476.
  • “Associative Responsibilities and Political Obligation”, The Philosophical Quarterly, 62 (246), 2012: 106-127.
  • “State Legitimacy and Self-Defence", Law and Philosophy, 30 (5), 2011: 575-601.

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Hon. Treasurer: Dr Garrath Williams BA, MA, PhD

Garrath Williams is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Lancaster University's Department of Politics, Philosophy & Religion. Recent publications in applied philosophy include:
  • ‘Disclosure and responsibility in Arendt’s The Human Condition,’ forthcoming in European Journal of Political Theory
  • ‘Sharing responsibility and holding responsible,’ forthcoming in Journal of Applied Philosophy (early on-line version May 2013, open access)
  • ‘Between ethics and right: Kantian politics and democratic purposes,’ European Journal of Philosophy, 20(3) (2012), 479-486
  • ‘Children as means and ends in large-scale medical research,’ Bioethics 26(8) (2012), 422-430
  • '"Who are we to judge?" - on the proportionment of happiness to virtue,' Philosophy, 85:1 (2010), 47-66
  • 'Dangerous victims: On some political dangers of vicarious claims to victimhood,' Distinktion - Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory, 17 (2008), 77-95
  • 'Responsibility as a virtue,' Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 11:4 (2008), 455-470
Garrath is also Principal Investigator at Lancaster University for the European project I.Family (2012-2017). This project is following a large cohort of children and their families in eight European countries, in order to investigate the effects of diet, lifestyle and family on health. It is coordinated by the Bremen Institute for Prevention Research and Social Medicine.

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JAP editor:

Dr Christopher Bennett BA, MA, PhD

Christopher Bennett, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, is Editor of the Journal of Applied Philosophy. Some of his publications in the area of applied philosophy include:

  • "Excuses, Justifications and the Normativity of Expressive Behaviour," Oxford Journal of Legal Studies vol. 32 no. 3 (2012)
  • "Expressive Punishment and Political Authority," Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law vol. 8 no. 2 (2011)
  • The Apology Ritual: A Philosophical Theory of Punishment (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)

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Executive Committee Members


Onora O'Neill

Brenda Almond

David Archard


Neil Manson (Lancaster)
Honorary Secretary:

Massimo Renzo (King's College, London)
Honorary Treasurer:

Garrath Williams (Lancaster)

Ordinary Members:
Thomas Douglas (Oxford)
Maria Paola Ferretti (Technische Universität Darmstadt)
Helen Frowe (Stockholm)
Mari Mikkola (Berlin)
Serena Olsaretti (ICREA-Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Peter Schaber (Zurich)
Co-opted Members:
Christopher Bennett (Sheffield) [Editor, Journal of Applied Philosophy]
Jonathan Cameron (Aberdeen) [Society Administrator]

Dana Nelkin (University of California, San Diego) [North American representative]

Daniel Halliday (University of Melbourne) [Australasian representative]

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