Kit Fine



After receiving his PhD. from the University of Warwick, Professor Fine has held positions at Warwick, Oxford, Edinburgh, University of California, Irvine, University of Michigan, and UCLA. He was appointed a Professor of Philosophy at NYU in 1997 and he has held the Silver Chair since 2003. He has also held visiting positions at Stanford, University of Toronto, University of Arizona, ANU, University of Melbourne, and Oxford.

Besides being a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the British Academy, he has also received numerous awards and fellowships from institutions such as the Guggenheim Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, and the Institute of Advanced Studies and the Centre for Cognitive Science at the University of Edinburgh. Professor Fine has also served as an editor or a member of the editorial board for journals such as the Journal of Symbolic LogicSyntheseNotre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, the Journal of Applied Non-Classical LogicsReports on Logic, and Philosophers' Imprint.

Research interests

Professor Fine has made important contributions to many core areas of philosophy including Metaphysics, Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics, and Philosophy of Language. He has made ground-breaking contributions to debates about time, modality and other essential ontological notions such as essence, fundamentality, grounding, parthood, and being real.  He has also published a number of articles on Ancient Philosophy (especially on Aristotle's accounts of Logic and Modality), Linguistics, Computer Science, and Economic Theory.

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Professor Fine will co-supervise PhD students at Birmingham with the department's other members of staff in his areas of specialization which include Metaphysics, Logic, and Philosophy of Language.