Dr Michael Rush BA, MA, PhD (Manchester)

Department of Philosophy
Lecturer in Philosophy

Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am a 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)


Before joining the department at Birmingham in 2015, I taught at the universities of Manchester, Liverpool, and Bolton, and for the Open University. My student years were all spent at the University of Manchester.


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

I welcome enquiries from anyone interested in working on the metaphysics of processes or any aspect of the philosophy of gratitude.

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


I have so far non-overlapping interests in ethics and in metaphysics. In ethics I’m interested in the nature, function, and expression of gratitude. In metaphysics I’m primarily interested in the nature of processes; I suspect there might be only one of them.


Recent publications


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

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