About Rachael Wiseman


BA (London), MA (York), PhD (York)
Addison Wheeler Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Durham University

Email: rachael.wiseman@durham.ac.uk

Research interests

  • 20th Century Women Philosophers
  • Action
  • Elizabeth Anscombe
  • Integrity and Pretence
  • Philanthropy
  • Philosophy of Mind and Action
  • Self-Consciousness and ‘I’
  • Wittgenstein
  • Ethics
  • Dreaming

Current work

I have just published a Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Anscombe’s Intention (Routledge: 2016), and have a number of articles and encyclopedia pieces on G. E. M. Anscombe in press.

I am Addison Wheeler Research Fellow at Durham University, and work on philosophy of mind and action, with a focus on the work of G. E. M. Anscombe and neo-Aristotelianism. My central interest is in the relation between accounts of self-conscious, theories of action, and foundations of ethics. My current research project—Integrity, Speech and Action—is developing a taxonomy of pretense and lying, and examining the kinds of deceit that are a threat to integrity.

I am developing research expertise in feminist philosophy and in the history of women in philosophy, and with my colleagues Clare MacCumhaill and Luna Dolezal, I am undertaking archival work, oral and social history, and philosophical research to establish the existence of a distinctive school of moral philosophy in the ‘Wartime Group’ of Anscombe, Foot, Midgely, Murdoch, and Warnock (all undergraduate friends at Oxford during WWII). For details see www.womeninparenthesis.wordpress.com.

Since 2013 I have been philosopher in residence at the arts collective Wunderbar



  • Wiseman (2016). Anscombe’s Intention. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge

Articles and chapters

  • Wiseman (2016). ‘G. E. M. Anscombe’. In Tim Crane (ed.) Routledge Encylopedia of Philosophy. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge
  • Wiseman (2016). ‘The Intended and Unintended Consequences of Intention’. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 90 (2)
  • Wiseman (2016). ‘G. E. M. Anscombe’. In Duncan Pritchard (ed.) Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Wiseman (2016). ‘Anscombe’. In Stephen Leach and James Tartaglia (eds) Consciousness and the Great Philosophers: What would they have said about the mind-body problem?.  Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge
  • Wiseman (2013). ‘Anscombe and McDowell on “I”’. In V. Aucouturier and M. Pavlopoulos (eds) La Philosophie d’Elizabeth Anscombe. M. Publications de Sorbonne
  • Wiseman (2009). ‘Private Objects and the Myth of the Given’. Philosophical Topics 37(1)

Edited Collections

  • Dolezal, Luna, Clare MacCumhaill and Wiseman (eds). Uncommon Sense Philosophy: Anscombe, Foot, Midgley and Murdoch. Vol I-IV. Bloomsbury Publishing. [under contract]

 Book reviews

  • Wiseman (2014). Anscombe’s Intention. Jurisprudence 6(1): 182-193
  • Wiseman (2013). Assertion: New Philosophical Essays. The Philosophical Quarterly 63(253): 832-35
  • Wiseman (2011). The Philosophy of Elizabeth Anscombe. Mind 120


Talks – recent and forthcoming

  • 09.2017: ‘In Parenthesis’ panel convener. Kingston University, Iris Murdoch Society Bi-Annual Conference
  • 05.2017: ‘Unmodern morals: Anscombe, Foot, Midgley and Murdoch and feminist ethics’. Sheffield University, Women in the History of Philosophy Annual Lecture
  • 05.2017: ‘The First Person and the Ethics of the Tractatus’. Oxford University, Wittgenstein on the First Person
  • 12.2016: ‘Refiguring Feminist Ethics through Anscombe, Foot, Midgley and Murdoch’. NUI-Galway. SWIP-Ireland: Feminist Ethics in Theory and Practice: Challenging practices in contested domains
  • 12.2016: ‘Practical Knowledge, Non-observational knowledge, and Self-knowledge’. University of Miami, Reading Anscombe
  • 12.2016: ‘Unmodern Moral Philosophy’. University of South Carolina seminar
  • 112016: ‘Mr Truman and the Corruption of the Ideal Standard’. University of York, School of Social and Political Sciences public lecture series
  • 11.2016: ‘What’s in it for me? Philanthropy, capitalism and the arts’. Newcastle Upon Tyne, Cafe Culture
  • 06.2016: ‘The Golden Age of Female Philosophy?’ Cambridge University, Women in the History of Philosophy conference
  • 04.2016: ‘The Intended Consequences of Intention‘. Tilburg University, Ethics seminar
  • 04.2016: ‘How to do things with and without words: feminist philosophy of language and action’. Yale-National University of Singapore
  • 04.2016: ‘Science and Scientism’. Response to Mary Midgley, Newcastle University Difference of Philosophy lecture series
  • 12.2016: ‘G. E. M. Anscombe and the hypocrisy of the ideal standard’. Durham University, Portraits of Integrity conference
  • 09.2015: ‘Women In Parenthesis’. University College Dublin, SWIP-Ireland workshop
  • 07.2015: ‘What am I and what am I doing?’ Bristol University, research seminar
  • 06.2015: ‘Do you remember your dreams?’ Warwick University, research seminar