Dr Graeme A. Forbes

Honorary Senior Lecturer
Dr Graeme A. Forbes


Dr Graeme A. Forbes was a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Kent from 2013 to 2022. Although he no longer works at Kent, he is still an active participant in the philosophical community.

Graeme is currently working on a number of projects in the philosophy of time, which aim to clarify and defend the Growing-Block view of time: the view that the passage of time is events coming into existence. He collaborates with Professor R.A. Briggs, of Stanford University, with whom he won the Oxford Studies in Metaphysics Younger Scholars’ Prize in 2010.

Besides his metaphysical interests, Graeme is interested in time as it affects our practical lives, for example in how we regulate inquiry, how we help organisations through significant change, or how we can have shared projects with other generations.  

Research interests

Graeme's research interests are mainly in the metaphysics of time, contemporary analytic metaphysics more generally, and issues in philosophical methodology. Although he works in contemporary debates, his work is informed by historical movements, such as analytic philosophy from the 1920's and 30's, Pragmatism (especially the work of C.S. Peirce and Hilary Putnam), and the Phenomenologists.  


Except for his current PhD supervision duties, Graeme no longer teaches at the University of Kent.

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