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Professor Denis McManus MA Oxford, PhD Cambridge

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Professor Denis McManus is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton.

Before taking up his position at Southampton, Denis McManus studied philosophy at the Queen's College, Oxford and Emmanuel College, Cambridge and was a Herchel Smith Visiting Fellow at Harvard University.  He is the author of The Enchantment of Words: Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (Oxford University Press, 2006) and Heidegger and the Measure of Truth (Oxford University Press, 2012).  He is the editor of Wittgenstein and Scepticism (Routledge, 2004) and Heidegger, Authenticity and the Self (Routledge 2015).  Denis is currently working on a range of issues, including the nature of responsibility, selfhood and self-knowledge, and the possibility of objectivity and ontological knowledge-much of this work shaped by his study of Wittgenstein and Heidegger.

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Research interests

Denis has published on a range of topics in epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and ethics, much of this work shaped by his study of Wittgenstein and Heidegger.


Denis McManus on the BBC’s ‘In Our Time’ discussing authenticity. Listen

Denis McManus on the BBC’s ‘Free Thinking’, discussing Wittgenstein’s private language argument. Listen

Denis McManus on the BBC’s ‘In Our Time’ discussing Rousseau’s philosophy of education. Listen

Denis McManus at Royal Holloway, University of London – Heidegger, Wittgenstein and the Last Judgement. Listen

Affiliate research groups

History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Logic and Metaphysics, Ethics, Epistemology

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