Ryan Manhire

Email: ryandavid.manhire@upce.cz 

Location: Location: 07 007, building G


Research Interests:

Areas: Ethics and moral philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of literature
Topics: Moral certainty, moral disagreement, moral persuasion, death, racism, climate change, philosophical methodology
Authors: Ludwig Wittgenstein, Cora Diamond, Lars Hertzberg, Peter Winch, Iris Murdoch



2016 – 2021 Cotutelle Doctorate Degree (Philosophy), Åbo Akademi University (Finland) &

Flinders University (Australia), (Thesis: Unravelling Moral Certainty: Having a Rough Story,

Supervisors: Professor Emeritus Lars Hertzberg, Professor Martin Gustafsson, Craig Taylor, Dr

Andrew Gleeson)

2015 –2015 Bachelor of Arts Honours (BA Hons) First Class (Philosophy), (Thesis title: The Nature

of Wittgenstein’s Concept of Certainty, Supervisor: Dr Andrew Gleeson)

2010 –2014 Bachelor of Arts (BA) Majors: Philosophy, Australian Studies / Minor: History, Flinders University (Australia)




  • ‘The Profoundness of Death: Thinking about Mortality During he COVID-19 Pandemic’ (in progress)
  • ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Momentous: Wittgenstein, Death, and Moral Certainty’ (in progress)
  • ‘One and free? A Wittgensteinian Analysis of the 2021 Change to the Words of the Australian National Anthem’, in AA Alemanji, F Benyah & M Kwazema (eds.) Contemporary Discourses in Social Exclusion, Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming 2022)
  • ‘“I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is”: Greta Thunberg, Wittgenstein, and the Possibility of Moral Change’, in O Beran, N Hämäläinen & S Aldrin Salskov (eds.) Ethical Inquiries after Wittgenstein, Nordic Wittgenstein Studies, Springer, pp. 239-254 (2022)


Publication for broader academic/public audience:

  • Att skära av deras tungor: Ursprungsbefolknings-språk och regerings-politik i Australien (Cutting off their tongues: Indigenous languages and government policies in Australia), Ikaros: tidskrift om människan och vetenskapen (Ikaros: Journal of Man and Science), vol. 4, pp. 27-31 (article written in English and translated to Swedish) (2018)


Book Reviews:

  • ‘Sketching and Reflecting on Moral Change in Context’: Review of Cecilie Eriksen, Moral Change: Dynamics, Structure, and Normativity, Nordic Wittgenstein Review (under review)
  • ‘On occasion we go after an innocent’: A review of Maria Balaska (ed), Cora Diamond on Ethics, Philosophical Investigations, vol. 45, no. 2, (2022) pp. 220-223
  • Review of Restoring the Chain of Memory: T.G.H. Strehlow and the Repatriation of Australian Indigenous Knowledge, by Cox, J. L., Temenos – Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion, vol. 56, no. 1, (2020) pp. 153-156
  • Review of Wittgenstein and Scientism, (eds.) Beale, J., & Kidd, I. J., British Wittgenstein Society, (2019) pp. 1-4. Available at: https://www.britishwittgensteinsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/documents/ReviewWittgensteinandScientismManhire.pdf


Selected Presentations:            

  • ‘“I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is”: Greta Thunberg, Wittgenstein, and the Possibility of Moral Change’, The Nordic Wittgenstein Society, Contextual Ethics II Workshop, Åbo Akademi University, Finland, online, 28th January 2022
  • ‘On the Wrongness of Racism and the Possibility of Moral Persuasion’, Research Seminar, Åbo Akademi University, Finland, online, 15h November 2021
  • ‘Iris Murdoch and the Texture of Lamar’s Being’, Iris Murdoch 101: an Interdisciplinary seminar, Iris Murdoch Appreciation Society, Flinders University, Australia, 13th May 2020
  • ‘The Difficulty of Death and the Difficulty of Honesty’, Engaging Vulnerability Project & The Nordic Wittgenstein Society Conference Keeping it Honest: Vulnerable Writing, Uppsala University, Sweden, 21st August 2019
  • ‘“Tell me what you do for love”: Kendrick Lamar, Iris Murdoch, Fantasy, and Imagination, Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value’, The Iris Murdoch Society & The Iris Murdoch Research Centre Conference ‘Ethics After Murdoch’, Pardubice, Czech Republic, 7th June 2019
  • ‘Moral Certainty and Moral Injury’, Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value, The Nordic Wittgenstein Society conference, Ethics: Form and Content, Pardubice, Czech Republic, 27th May 2018


Invited Lectures:

  • ‘Indigenous Australia: Language, Art, and Form of Life’ (Popular lecture for non-specialists), Üsküdar University (Turkey), (Invited by İbrahim Özdemir & Yazici Çiğdem), 15th April 2019
  • ‘Moral Certainty: Standard and Resolute Readings of Wittgenstein’, Boğaziçi University (Turkey), (Invited by Chryssi Sidiropoulou), 12th April 2019
  • ‘Horror and Persuasion through an Australian Lens’, University of East Anglia (UK), (Invited by Rupert Read & Oskari Kuusela), 9th December 2018