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Dr Graeme A. Forbes

Lecturer in Philosophy


Office: Cornwallis George Allen Wing 111

Office Hours: Currently on leave


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. He is an associate of member of the Centre for Philosophy of Time, in Milan, and on the advisory board of the International Association for Philosophy of Time.

He 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, he is interested in time as it affects our practical lives, for example in how we regulate inquiry, how we view ageing, or how we can have shared projects with other generations. He is a member of various research centres at Kent that investigate these issues: the Centre for Reasoning, the Centre for Practical Normativity, and the Aesthetics Research Centre. He joined Kent in 2013, having previously taught at Southwestern College, Kansas, and the University of Sheffield, UK.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Briggs, R. and Forbes, G. (2018). The future, and what might have been. Philosophical Studies [Online]. Available at:
Briggs, R. and Forbes, G. (2016). The Growing-Block: Just one thing after another? Philosophical Studies [Online]. Available at:
Forbes, G. (2015). The Growing Block's past problems. Philosophical Studies [Online] 173:699-709. Available at:
Forbes, G. (2014). Accounting for Experiences as of Passage: Why Topology Isn't Enough. Topoi [Online] 34:187-194. Available at:
Book section
Briggs, R. and Forbes, G. (2012). The Real Truth about the Unreal Future. in: Bennett, K. and Zimmerman, D. W. eds. Oxford Studies in Metaphysics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 257-304.
Forbes, G. (2014). Review of Adrian Bardon (ed), 'The Future of the Philosophy of Time'. Mind [Online] 123:576-579. Available at:
Forbes, G. (2010). Critical Notice: Oxford Studies in Metaphysics: Vol. 5. Analysis [Online] 70:571-577. Available at:
Forbes, G. (2016). Dunbar's Challenge to Dynamic Metaphysics. Chronos: The Annual Proceedings of the Philosophy of Time Society:1-17.
Total publications in KAR: 8 [See all in KAR]
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Dr Forbes teaches in a number of areas, including both theoretical and practical philosophy. He is prepared to supervise undergraduate dissertations and postgraduate work in Metaphysics (especially Philosophy of Time), Philosophy of Language, and Metaphilosophy.

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Philosophy, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 04/02/2019