Dr David Liggins

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

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Picture of LigginsIn 2005, I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Sheffield, where my supervisors were Rosanna Keefe and Chris Hookway. Supported by an award from the Analysis Trust, I spent the 2005-6 academic year at the Faculty of Philosophy at Cambridge, continuing my research. I became a Lecturer at Manchester in 2006, and a Senior Lecturer in 2010.

I spent the 2009-10 academic year on research leave, thanks to an AHRC Research Leave award.

From 2011 to 2014, Chris Daly and I directed a research project entitled The Foundations of Ontology, funded by the AHRC.

I was an Associate Editor of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy from 2009 to 2016. In 2016, Chris Daly and I were appointed Editors of Analysis.

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Recent talks

'Deflationism and the reality-dependence of truth', Truth: Deflationism and Beyond, University of Sassari, September 2016

'Deflationism and the reality-dependence of truth', Higher Seminar in Theoretical Philosophy, Lund University, September 2016

'Nihilism about truth', Lund Philosophical Society, September 2016

'Non-nominal quantification and the ontology of attitudes', Fifth Italian Conference in Analytic Ontology, Padua, June 2016

'Reply to Naomi Thompson', The Makings of Truth 2, Universitat de Barcelona, December 2015

'Nihilism about truth', Open Minds XI, University of Manchester, December 2015

'Truth without truths', Trinity College Dublin, November 2015

'Infinity and generality', God, Time, Infinity, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, September 2015

'The "hard road" revisited', Workshop on the work of Hartry Field, Universitat de Barcelona, July 2015

'Truth without truths', Popper Seminar, London School of Economics, June 2015

'Propositions and "that"-clauses revisited', Nominalizations workshop, University of Hamburg, April 2015

'Alethic nihilism', Seventh Conference of the Dutch-Flemish Association for Analytic Philosophy (VAF), Rotterdam, January 2015

'Grounding and metaphysical analyticity', University of Manchester, December 2014

'Propositions and "that"-clauses', Object and Property in Logic, Language, and Metaphysics, University of Birmingham, November 2014

'On the neo-Aristotelian challenge to existence questions', Modal Metaphysics: Issues on the (Im)Possible, Bratislava, Slovakia, October 2014 (joint work with Chris Daly)

'Grounding and metaphysical analyticity', Lancog Workshop on Analyticity, Lisbon, September 2014

'Realism and multiple realization', Royal Institute of Philosophy Seminar, Queen’s University Belfast, May 2014

'Questions of objecthood meet the neo-Aristotelian challenge', Objects of All Kinds, University of Lille 3, May 2014 (joint work with Chris Daly)

'Unpropositional attitudes', Nominalizations: Issues in Linguistics and Philosophy workshop, Gothenburg, January 2014

'Deference to biology: a case study', All you Need is Science? Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, January 2014 (joint work with Chris Daly)

(with Chris Daly) 'Hirsch’s charity argument against revisionary ontology', Foundations of Ontology II workshop, Manchester, September 2013

'Reply to Leo Tarasov', Postgraduate welcome workshop, Manchester, September 2013

'In defence of existence questions', Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, May 2013 (joint work with Chris Daly)

'Multiple realization and expressive power in mathematics and ethics', Ethics and Explanation 2013: Explanation in Mathematics and Ethics, University of Nottingham, January 2013

External positions

Co-Editor, Analysis, 2016-

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