Dr Emily Caddick Bourne

Lecturer in Philosophy

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I took my BA (2004-2007), MPhil (2007-2008) and PhD (2008-2011) in Philosophy at Newnham College, Cambridge. Before coming to Manchester in 2019, I was a Jacobsen Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, based in the Institute of Philosophy (2011-2014), Academic Director and Teaching Officer in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (2011-16), and a Visiting Lecturer and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire. I'm a current Trustee of the British Society of Aesthetics.

My research focuses on aesthetics, metaphysics and the philosophy of language, especially questions about the nature of fiction. With Craig Bourne, I wrote Time in Fiction (Oxford University Press, 2016) and edited the Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy (Routledge, 2018). Some of the topics I have been writing about recently are personification, video games and the representation of agency, narrative understanding, fictionalism about folk psychological states, and the nature of conversational communication.


  • Aesthetics, Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Fiction

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