Dr Craig Bourne

BA (Hons), MPhil, PhD (cantab), FHEA, Reader in Philosophy


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Craig Bourne is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire. Craig studied Philosophy at Pembroke College, Cambridge, taking a BA (1995-1998), MPhil (1998-1999) and PhD (1999-2002). He was a Research Fellow at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (2002-2006), Lecturer in the Cambridge Philosophy Faculty (2004-2005) and College Lecturer in Philosophy at Pembroke and New Hall, Cambridge (2006-2007).

Craig’s current research interests are in metaphysics, philosophy of language and aesthetics. His publications include A Future for Presentism (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2006) and Time in Fiction (Oxford University Press, 2016), which is co-authored with Emily Caddick Bourne. He has recently co-edited, with Emily Caddick Bourne, The Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy (Routledge, 2018). He was awarded a Mind Asscociation Research Fellowship for 2019-2020.

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Research interests

  • Metaphysics
  • Aesthetics
  • Philosophy of Language

Teaching specialisms

Current postgraduate supervision:

  • Free will (PhD)
  • Imagination (PhD)
  • Direction of time (MA by research)

Current undergraduate teaching:

  • Philosophy of Language (level 6)
  • Metaphysics (level 5)
  • Logic (level 5)
  • Philosophy of Film and Literature (level 4)
  • Ethics (level 4) 
  • Mind, Knowledge and Reality (level 4)


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