Liam Livesley

I am a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Southampton, UK.

My research is on the philosophy of disability; namely, what ought we to think of disability as being?

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My doctoral research asks what disability is, and what it should be. The broad aim is to offer an ameliorative account of disability, on which to be disabled is to be oppressed in a particular way based on social perceptions of one’s body. This stands in contrast to the traditional "medical" and "social" models of disability – of which I am critical – and draws on feminist work on social construction in particular.

My work is funded by an AHRC Studentship from the South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. I am supervised by Alex Gregory at Southampton and Havi Carel at Bristol.

Since 2022, I've been one of the co-organisers of the SWW DTP Health Humanities Research Cluster.

As well as disability, I have broader interests across social & political philosophy, including:

  • Conceptual engineering (particularly of socio-political concepts)
  • Speech, harm, violence & oppression
  • Social ontology & social construction
  • The political thought of J. S. Mill

  • Talks

    Justice as a Constraint on Conceptual Engineering
    ASPP Annual Conference, Swansea University | Jul '24
    BPPA Annual Conference, University of York | Oct '23

    Disability as Subordination
    Radical Disability Politics: A Global Dialogue, University of Brighton | Jun '24
    Social Ontology 2023, Stockholm University | Aug '23

    Making Sense of Disability Pride
    LSE Graduate Conference in Political Theory, LSE | May '24

    Disability, Social Construction, and the Disappearing Body
    CAPPE Interventions in Disability Politics Seminar, University of Brighton | Feb '24

    Reasonable Adjustment, COVID-19, and Crises in Disability Justice
    NNDR 16th Research Conference, Reykjavík | May '23


    In 2023/24 (as in 22/23 & 21/22) I taught on:

  • Southampton PHIL1005: Ethics. Current students: Reading list | Blackboard