Dr Michael Rush BA, MA, PhD (Manchester)

Department of Philosophy
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, working mainly on the nature of gratitude and the metaphysics of processes. My book for a general audience, co-written with Helen Beebee, Philosophy: Why it Matters, was published by Polity in 2019.


  • BA in Philosophy (Manchester 1997)
  • MA (Econ) in Philosophy and Society (Manchester 2001)
  • PhD in Philosophy (Manchester 2009)


At Birmingham I have taught undergraduate modules in Philosophy of Religion, Formal Logic, Just War, Metaphysics, The Philosophy of Time, The Ethics and Politics of Climate Change, and Ancient Philosophy.

I have taught postgraduate modules in The Philosophy of Health and Happiness, Research Skills and Methods, Global Ethics, and God, Freedom and the Meaning of Life, including versions of some of these modules for our online Distance Learning Masters Programme.

Postgraduate supervision

Find out more - our PhD Philosophy  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


Recent publications


Sullivan-Bissett, E & Rush, M 2023, 'Unbiased awarding of art prizes? It's hard to judge', British Journal of Aesthetics. https://doi.org/10.1093/aesthj/ayac028

Rush, M 2019, 'Motivating propositional gratitude', Philosophical Studies, pp. 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-019-01241-z

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