Dr Neil MansonSenior Lecturer
PHIL100 - Introduction to Philosophy
PPR 213 Epistemology
PPR307 History of Twentieth Century Philosophy
PPR 456 Paternalism, Autonomy and Consent
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. He is currently working on a number of papers on philosophical aspects of consent, which he hopes will (by some kind of magic) eventually emerge as a book. Central to these papers is the idea that there has been insufficient attention to consent as a general phenomenon (rather than consent in medicine, sexual consent etc), and, more specfically, to the nature of consent as a practical normative phenomenon. Consent is something that we do, both as consentors and recipients of consent (it is also something that we enforce, acknowledge, accommodate as bystanders, audiences, and in other normative roles). My aim is to offer a better, systematic, account of the various ways in which we can bring about normative change by our acts of consent.
Applied philosophy/public policy
Neil Manson iis the Chair of the Society for Applied Philosophy; in the past he has been the treasurer, and an associate edictor of the Journal of Applied Philosophy
I have taken part in a wide range of applied philosophical and policy events and activities:
Spring 2008- invited member of the NHS Organ Donation Taskforce 'Ethics Working Group', working on issues to do with consent (e.g., opt-in, opt out, mandated choice) for organ donation.
March 08 -invited participant and respondent, British Academy workshop: 'Philosophy and Public Policy'.
May 08 - invited participant, MRC/Wellcome workshop: 'Regulation and Biomedical Research'
May 08 - invited participant, UK) Human Tissue Authority workshop on directed deceased (organ) donation.
July 08 - invited participant, Nuffield Council on Bioethics fact-finding meeting on (ethics of) dementia.
April 09 - invited speaker/participant in Public Health Genetics Foundation/CRASSH workshop 'Policy, Groups and Populations in a Genomic Era'
Jan 10 - invited participant in AHRC/Human Genetics Commission seminar 'Understanding Genetic Discrimination'
Jun 10 invited participant in Technology Strategy Board 'Knowledge sharing and extending the frontiers of knowledge' workshop.
Jan 11 invited speaker/participant AHRC/HFEA/SAP workshop 'Ethical issues in gamete and embryo donation'
May 11 invited participant in workshop on Ethics of Fabry Disease Newborn Screening Academisch Medisch Centrum, Amsterdam
June 12 Invited witness to UK Leveson Inquiry: Culture, Practice and Ethics of the Press
Nov 13: invited speaker South Norway Research Ethics Committee workshop on informed consent.
Oct 15 invited speaker HUNT biobank (Norway) workshop on models of consent
Spring 16: invited participant, NHS strategy meetings on informed consent for precision medicine
June 16 (ongoing): invited member MRC Ethics, Regulation and Public Involvement Committee
PhD Supervision Interests
Philosophical aspects of consent and informed consent
Decision making in a medical context Consent as a communicative act. The ethics of spin, PR and media.
The ethics of secrecy and concealment. The nature and ethical significance of genetic information. Information privacy and epistemic virtue.
The vice of curiosity. Applied ethics and social epistemology.
How not to think about the ethics of deceiving into sex
Manson, N.C. 01/2017 In: Ethics. 127, 2, p. 415-429. 15 p.
When is a choice not a choice?: "sham offers" and the asymmetry of adolescent consent and refusal
Manson, N.C. 23/12/2016 In: Bioethics.
Permissive consent: a robust reason-changing account
Manson, N.C. 12/2016 In: Philosophical Studies. 173, 12, p. 3317-3334. 18 p.
Misleading by omission: rethinking the obligation to inform research subjects about funding sources
Manson, N.C. 19/08/2015 In: Journal of Medicine and Philosophy.
Transitional paternalism: how shared normative powers give rise to the asymmetry of adolescent consent and refusal
Manson, N. 02/2015 In: Bioethics. 29, 2, p. 66-73. 8 p.
Normative consent is not consent
Manson, N. 01/2013 In: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 22, 1, p. 33-44. 12 p.
Manson, N. 2013 In: International encyclopedia of ethics. Wiley
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary
Informed consent and referential opacity
Manson, N. 2013 In: Reading Onora O'Neill. London : Routledge
Reading Onora O'Neill
Archard, D., Deveaux, M., Manson, N., Weinstock, D. 2013 London : Routledge. 250 p. ISBN: 9780415675901.
Epistemic Restraint and the Vice of Curiosity
Manson, N. 2012 In: Philosophy. 87, 2, p. 239-259. 20 p.
First-person authority: an epistemic-pragmatic account
Manson, N. 2012 In: Mind and Language. 27, 2, p. 181-199. 18 p.
Making Sense of Spin
Manson, N. 2012 In: Journal of Applied Philosophy. 29, 3, p. 200-213. 13 p.
Why "consciousness" means what it does.
Manson, N.C. 01/2011 In: Metaphilosophy. 42, 1-2, p. 98-117. 20 p.
Why do patients want information, if not to make decisions?
Manson, N. 12/2010 In: Journal of Medical Ethics. 36, 12, p. 834-837. 4 p.
Epistemic Inertia and Epistemic Isolationism
Manson, N. 08/2009 In: Journal of Applied Philosophy. 26, 3, p. 291-298. 8 p.
Consciousness and the unconscious
Manson, N. 2009 In: Encyclopedia of the Mind. Sage
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary
The medium and the message : tissue samples, genetic information and data protection.
Manson, N. 2009 In: Governance of genetic information : who decides?. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 248 p. ISBN: 9780521509916.
The medium and the message: tissue samples, genetic information and data protection legislation.
Manson, N.C. 2009 In: The Governance of Genetic Information: Who Decides?. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press p. 15-36. 22 p. ISBN: 978-0-521-50991-6.
Contemporary naturalism and the concept of consciousness.
Manson, N.C. 07/2007 In: Consciousness : from perception to reflection in the history of philosophy. Springer p. 287-310. 24 p. ISBN: 978-1402060816.
My genes made me do it? The implications of behavioural genetics for responsibility and blame
Levitt, M., Manson, N. 2007 In: Health Care Analysis. p. 33-40. 8 p.
Rethinking Informed Consent in Bioethics.
Manson, N.C., O'Neill, O. 2007 Cambridge University Press. 212 p. ISBN: 978-0521-87458-8.
Rights, wrongs and neurons
Manson, N.C. 07/2006 In: Brain. 129, 7, p. 1929-1932. 4 p.
What is genetic information, and why is it significant? : a contextual, contrastive, approach.
Manson, N.C. 01/2006 In: Journal of Applied Philosophy. 23, 1, p. 1-16. 16 p.
Reason explanation: a first-order normative account
Manson, N.C. 05/2004 In: Philosophical Explorations. 7, 2, p. 113-130. 18 p.
Brains, vats and neurally-controlled animats.
Manson, N.C. 2004 In: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. 35, 2, p. 249-268. 20 p.
Freud's own blend : functional analysis, idiographic explanation and the extension of ordinary psychology.
Manson, N.C. 01/2003 In: Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society. 103, 1, p. 179-195. 17 p.
Manson, N.C. 09/2002 In: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A. 33, 3, p. 425-441. 17 p.
What does language tell us about consciousness? First-person mental discourse and higher-order thought theories of consciousness.
Manson, N.C. 2002 In: Philosophical Psychology. 15, 3, p. 221-238. 18 p.
The future of consent
01/06/2009 → …