Dorothy Emmet

Dorothy Emmet

Dorothy Mary Emmet (29 September 1904 – 20 September 2000) was a British philosopher and head of Manchester University's philosophy department for over twenty years. With Margaret Masterman and Richard Braithwaite she was a founder member of the Epiphany Philosophers.

Positions held

  • president of the Aristotelian Society in 1953-54.
  • In 1938, she was appointed lecturer in the philosophy of religion at Manchester, becoming reader in philosophy in 1945 and the Sir Samuel Hall professor of philosophy in 1946.
  • appointed lecturer in philosophy at Armstrong College, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (now Newcastle University) in 1932
  • temporary teaching post at Somerville College, Oxford
  • Commonwealth Fellowship at Radcliffe College


  • Whitehead's Philosophy of Organism (1932)
  • The Nature of Metaphysical Thinking (1945)
  • Annual philosophical lecture to the British Academy (1949)
  • The Stanton lectures in Cambridge (1950-53)
  • Function, Purpose and Powers (1958)
  • Rules, Roles and Relations (1966)
  • In The Moral Prism (1979)
  • The Effectiveness of Causes (1986)
  • The Passage of Nature (1992)
  • The Role of the Unrealisable (1994)
  • Philosophers and Friends: Reminiscences of 70 Years in Philosophy (1996)


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