Rachael Wiseman

Interested in

Iris Murdoch, Philippa Foot, Elizabeth Anscombe, Mary Midgley



I am Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at University of Liverpool. Clare Mac Cumhaill and I started Women In Parenthesis in 2015; we wanted to tell the story of the Quartet in a way that would encourage our female students to see themselves as philosophers, and would give these four remarkable women a central place in the history of C20th Philosophy. Clare and I are the authors of Metaphysical Animals (2022). 

My previous work was on Anscombe and Wittgenstein. 


Selected publications

  • (2022) Metaphysical Animals: How Four Women Brought Philosophy Back to Life. London: Chatto. (With Clare Mac Cumhaill)
  • (2021) ‘What do I Really Do? What do I Really See?’ In The Anscombean Mind. London: Routledge.
  • (2021) ‘Sensation and the Grammar of Life’ (with Clare Mac Cumhaill), in Purpose and Procedure in Philosophy of Perception (OUP): pp. 276-294.
  • (2020) ‘What if the private linguist were a poet? Iris Murdoch on privacy and ethics’, European Journal of Philosophy, 28(1): 224-234
  • (2019) ‘The misidentification of immunity to error through misidentification’, Journal of Philosophy, 116(12): 663-677. 
  • (2019) ‘Brute Facts and Human Affairs’. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplementary Volume 87: 85-99
  • (2018) 'Review of WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY FOR? by Mary Midgley', Ethics 130 (2): 277-284
  • (2017) ‘What am I and what am I doing?’ in Journal of Philosophy 114 (10): 536–550
  • (2016) Guidebook to Anscombe's Intention. Routledge
  • (2016) ‘The Intended and Unintended Consequences of Intention’ in American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 90(2)


Liverpool, North West England, England, United Kingdom

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