Dr Leonidas Tsilipakos

Lecturer in Sociology and Policy

Leonidas Tsilipakos

I joined Aston University Sociology and Policy in September 2016. I received my PhD from the University of Manchester in 2013 and in the following year served as a Chrystal Macmillan Fellow in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. I have published work on theoretical and methodological issues in the social sciences in journals such as Philosophy of the Social Sciences and Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour. A comprehensive statement of my position, which draws on the Wittgensteinian tradition of conceptual analysis applying it to theoretical issues regarding, among others, social ontology, realism and ‘the problem of structure an agency’ can be found in my 2015 monograph, entitled Clarity and Confusion in Social Theory: Taking Concepts Seriously (Routledge). Currently I am working on a conceptual clarification of ‘the emotions’ as a sociological topic and on the intersection between utopian thinking and the sociology of race.

  • PhD (Manchester)
  • MA (Manchester)
  • BA (4-years) (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) 


  • Social Theory 
  • Sociological Reasoning 
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein 
  • Ordinary Language Philosophy and Informal Logic 
  • Emotions 
  • Race and Utopianism 


Undergraduate Modules

  • LK2024 Contemporary Social Theory 
  • LK2033 Advanced Contemporary Social Theory 
  • LK2025 Research Methods 

Postgraduate Modules

  • LYM005 Social Theory and Social Change 



Room: MB740B
Phone: 0121 204 3319
Email: l.tsilipakos@aston.ac.uk