Planet Macneil

Planet Macneil is the personal website of Michael Pôl Macneil

Check me out on ResearchGate

This site is designed to provide easy access (i.e. that would otherwise be paywalled or gets you to jump through lots of hoops to download) to my materials or materials I have referenced for reading online but my ResearchGate will be better for my academic work if you need Word documents that you can download and use and my Medium area will be better for my more general articles as these would have been polished for publication. However, some documents on here will be PDFs to try and preserve formatting and to make it easy to download.

ResearchGate is a sharing site for academics (though there is nothing to stop non-academics joining!) where they can make their research available at no cost to the wider public (though there is nothing to stop you advertising your paywalled material either!). ResearchGate also offers the facility to leave comments etc but it will bug you to join which you might want to consider to avoid the adverts and to have a better page layout!!

ResearchGate will allow you to download the fully formatted Word documents for my higher level work, any presentations as well as some of the more recent general articles. If the document is present there, it is recommended you download it from there, although if there is a reference to a published version it is worth checking the published version as there may have been some small (but important) changes when editing it for or after publication.

That said, I am working towards making sure this site will have the "canonical" (i.e. final!) version. For the time being, where possible, this site will now redirect you to the correct page on ResearchGate.

Michael Macneil on ResearchGate

Check me out on Medium

Medium is an online publishing platform that allows anyone to publish just about anything about anything or anyone! It has a distinctively American liberal ("progressive", Europeans would call "socialist") flavour but is a lively forum and I publish some or my more controversial or polemical stuff on there for the purposes of provoking an argument that is hopefully useful so that at least there is an awareness there is an alternative point of view, as you will be able to tell there have been some good, bad and ugly exchanges!!

Being American, it has free, associate and paid tiers of which I am associate which means some stuff gets put behind their paywall. However, you can normally get access to a certain number of paywalled documents before you are locked out though blocking cookies, connecting anonymously and emptying your browser cache will probably allow you access again!

Michael Macneil on Medium

In more detail...

Here I publish my own material and that of others which may be referenced in other published material or resources that would not otherwise be available (easily!) as well as the original versions of published documents that may vary in format to the published versions. Where there are no issues with the publisher, I will also have urls to the published versions. For my own material on this site, it is always the 'originall' version, i.e. what I considered the final, unedited versions so it is worth checking out any published versions as they may have small but important changes. These vary in subject and quality - personal (pre-2006); undergraduate theology (2006-2012); others are Postgraduate Philosophy and Religion (2013-2016); others are written as part of or alongside my current PhD studies. All the postgraduate were marked at Distinction level so are pretty good pieces of work! However, I think all have a degree of merit and serious thought about them and I offer them in the hope they can be helpful.

© All documents authored by myself are copyrighted but you are granted Attribution rights (i.e. reference this site when you cite or use them in deriviative works!). Where I do not own the copyright you should check with the copyright owner.


As this has been a spare time project (of which there has not been much!) and I keep thinking of better ways of doing things, the site lacks fluency and consistency at the moment but hopefully you can follow the trail from here to ResearchGate or Medium and find what you are looking for!

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