CV

Areas of Specialisation
Philosophy of Time, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language, Epistemology, Pragmatism
Areas of Competence
Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, History of Analytic Philosophy, Ethics, Aesthetics.

Academic Qualifications
2006-2010: University of Sheffield (PhD Philosophy)
Thesis Title: ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’: Rehabilitating the Growing-Block View of Time’ Supervisors: Stephen Makin and Eric Olson.
External Examiner: Robin Le Poidevin.

2005-2006: University of Sheffield (MA Philosophy)
Supervisor: Dominic Gregory

2002-5: Keele University (BSc Philosophy and Psychology)
1st Class Honours with British Psychological Society accreditation

 Academic Posts Held
2013-2022:  Lecturer in Philosophy (Teaching and Research), School of European Cultures and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
2012-2013: Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Southwestern College, Kansas, USA
2011-2012: Teaching Fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield, UK
2011-2012: Research Assistant to Christopher Hookway, of Philosophy, University of Sheffield, UK

Peer-Reviewed Publications

(forthcoming) ‘The 2D Past’ in Kasia Jaszczolt (ed.) Understanding Human Time Oxford: Oxford University Press
(2022) with Nathan Wildman ‘Enduring Senses’ Synthese 200 (291). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-022-03770-3
(2019) with R.A. Briggs ‘The Future, and Things That Might Have Been’ Philosophical Studies176:505-532
(2017) with R.A. Briggs ‘The Growing-Block: Just one thing after another’ Philosophical Studies 174 (4):927-943
(2016) ‘The Growing Block’s Past Problems’, Philosophical Studies 173:699-709
(2015)Accounting for Experiences as of Passage: Why Topology Isn’t Enough’ Topoi 34:187-194
(2012) with R.A. Briggs ‘The Real Truth about the Unreal Future’  Karen Bennett & Dean Zimmerman (ed.) Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, vol.7, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Submitted to the 2014 UK REF.

Popular Press
Graeme A Forbes (2018) ‘why a 10,000 year clock is being built under a mountain and why 10,000 years is too long’ in The Conversation March 1, 2018 10.56am GMT
Graeme A Forbes (2017) ‘Are we in a simulation?’ in The Philosophers’ Magazine 78(3):10-13

Book Reviews and Critical Notices:
“Review: Bardon, Adrian (ed.), The Future of the Philosophy of Time, London and New York: Routledge, 2012 (2014) Mind 123 (490): 576-579
Critical Notice: Oxford Studies in Metaphysics: Vol. 5 (2010) Analysis, 70:571-577

 Awards
2010: Oxford Studies in Metaphysics Younger Scholar’s Prize (with R.A. Briggs)

Grants
2019: Mind Association Six Month Fellowship
British Society for Aesthetics Synergy Conference Grant for BSA Synergy conference: How to do Things with Jokes
Mind Association Major Conference Grant for Time: From Theory to Practice
2018: University of Kent, International Visiting Academic fund, for visit to Stanford University in 2019
2014: Mind Association, Minor Conference Grant for Updating Reality: Dynamism in the Philosophy of Time
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014: School of European Cultures and Languages Strategic Research Fund, University of Kent, UK, for Updating Reality: Dynamism in the Philosophy of Time
2009: University of Sheffield, Excellence Exchange Scheme Award to visit the Centre for Time, Sydney University, Sydney, Australia
2006-2009: University of Sheffield, Fee Bursary
2005-2006: University of Sheffield, University Studentship

Invited Talks
29th June 2022: Instantiating the Past, Properties and Times Workshop, University of Lisbon, Portugal
3rd November 2021: Agency, Fate and the Open Future, Departmental Seminar, University of Durham
10th July 2020: Mind Fellowship Report, 94th Joint Session of the Mind Association and Aristotelian Society, University of Kent, https://research.kent.ac.uk/js2020/
7th November 2019: Processes: Changes which McTchange presented at the University of Witswatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
4th November 2019: The Practical Rationality of Tralfamadorians: Intending and the existence of the future presented at the University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
1st April 2019: Comic Necessity presented at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY, US
29th March 2019: Why Can’t I remember the future? University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, US
13th March 2019: Making Things Happen and Making Things True presented at University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, US
27th February: On intending to bring things about presented at the Varieties of Agency Workshop, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, US
6th February 2019: What is it to have an experience as of time’s passage?
presented at University of California, Davis, Davis, CA, US
9th January 2019: Change You Can Believe In presented at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, US 
15th November 2017: The Practical Rationality of Tralfamadorians: Intending and the existence of the future presented at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
11th May 2017: Making Things True and Making Things Happen presented at Jesus College, Oxford, UK.
29th March 2017: The Practical Rationality of Tralfamadorians presented at The Centre for Philosophy of Time, Milan, Italy
29th July 2016: Change You Can Believe In presented at University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, Australia
19th July 2016: Critical Common Sensism in Contemporary Metaphysics presented at Macquarie University, NSW, Australia
10th June 2016: The Future of the Growing-Block view’ to be presented to the Third annual meeting of the International Association for the Philosophy of Time, Winston-Salem, NC, USA
19th January 2016: ‘Direct and Indirect Truthmaking of the Open Future’ presented to the Glasgow Philosophy Senior Seminar, University of Glasgow, UK
5th November 2015:  ‘Dunbar’s Challenge to a Dynamic Metaphysics’ presented to the Metaphysics Reading Group, University of Memphis, USA
28th May 2015: ‘Quantum Leap with a MOP’ presented at the Birmingham Workshop on Probability and Time Travel, University of Birmingham, UK.
13th March 2015: ‘Past, Present, and Future, and 1stness, 2ndness, and 3rdness’ presented at the Pragmatism and the Philosophy of Time workshop, University of Nottingham, UK
10th February 2015: ‘Relief and Ontological Status’ presented at Time, Tense and the Psychology of Relief workshop, University of Warwick, UK
20th January 2015: ‘Exemplification and representation of dynamism in art’ presented at the Art of Time workshop, University of Nottingham, UK
11th November 2014: ‘Captain Dunbar and The Passage of Time’ presented at Royal Institute of Philosophy, Keele Branch, Keele University, UK.
20th September 2013: Comments on Correia and Rosenkaranz ‘Living on the Brink, or Welcome Back, Growing Block!’ invited contribution to the PERSP workshop on the A’s and B’s in the Philosophy of Time, Barcelona, Spain
2nd December 2011: ‘Open but not Gaping’ PERSP Space & Time Workshop on the Open Future, Barcelona, Spain

Conference Presentations

7th May 2022: Panelist, BSA Symposium on Revaluing the Life Model in Art Practice, at the University of Kent, UK
16th September 2021: ‘The linear passage of non-linear narratives’, presented at The Phenomenon of Temporality, University of Dundee/University of Klagenfurt
20th July 2019: Indeterminacy of Endings, presented at the Joint Session of the Mind Association and the Aristotelian Society, Open Sessions, Durham University
8th July 2018: On Intending to Bring Something About, presented to the Joint Session of the Mind Association and the Aristotelian Society, Open Sessions, Oxford University
10th August 2017: Critical Common-sensism in Contemporary Metaphysics, presented to 15th July 2017: Enduring Senses (with Nathan Wildman), presented at the Joint Session of the Mind Association and Aristotelian Society, Open Sessions, University of Edniburgh, UK
12th June 2017: Change You Can Believe In, presented at the 4th International Association for Philosophy of Time, Gargnano, Italy
2nd September 2016: Dunbar’s Challenge to Evidence of Time Passing presented at Temporal Experience: Annual Conference of the Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section, British Psychological Society, Bristol, UK
4th July 2016: Making Things Happen and Making Things True to be presented at the Australasian Association of Philosophy, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
12th July 2015: ‘Ground Rules for the Open Future’ presented at the Joint Sessions of the Mind Association and Aristotelian Society, Open Sessions, University of Warwick, UK
4th April 2015: ‘Dunbar’s Challenge to a Dynamic Metaphysics’ presented at the Philosophy of Time Society meeting at the Pacific APA, Vancouver, BC.
13th July 2014: ‘Dunbar’s Challenge to a Dynamic Metaphysics’ presented at the Joint Sessions of the Mind Association and Aristotelian Society, University of Cambridge, UK
25th February 2014: ‘Goldilocks and the Three Metaphysics of Time’, presented at Updating Reality: Dynamism in the Philosophy of Time, Sheffield, UK
8th October 2013: ‘Accounting For Experiences As Of Passage: Why Topology Isn’t Enough’, presented at the Philosophy Departmental Seminar, University of Kent, UK
14th July 2013: ‘Three Thought Experiments about Time’ presented at the Joint Sessions of the Mind Association and the Aristotelian Society, Open Sessions, University of Exeter, UK
8th July 2012: ‘The Tralfamadorian Challenge to the Static Block’ presented at the Joint Sessions of the Mind Association and the Aristotelian Society, Open Sessions, University of Stirling, UK
2006-2010: Conference presentations in Birmingham, Aberdeen, Sydney, Melbourne, and presentations at graduate colloquia in Sydney and Sheffield.

MPhil/PhD Theses Examined

2022 Joeseph Jones (Kent) Labour, Work, and Automation: Reconsidering the Future of Work in Light of Automation (PhD)
2021 James Vlachoulis (Adelaide) A Defence of the B-Theory of Time with Respect to the Problem of Change (MPhil)
2019 Riad Hdeb (Warwick) Time and Persistence (MPhil)
     Naoyuki Kajimoto (Sydney) A New Direction for Time (PhD)
2018 Erik Van Aken (Kent) Causal Interactionism: A New Agency Approach to Causation (PhD)
     Stefan Dragulinescu (Kent) Grading the Quality of Evidence of Mechanism (PhD)

Conferences and Workshops Organised

10th-12th July 2020: 94th Joint Session of the Mind Association and the Aristotelian Society, held online, hosted by University of Kent, with Simon Kirchin
25th-27th October 2019: BSA Synergy Conference How to Do Things with Jokes, University of Kent, Kent, UK, with Simon Kirchin, Sophie Quirk, and Shaun May
18th-20th June 2018: 5th Annual Conference, International Association for Philosophy of Time, Yonsei University, Seoul/Incheon, South Korea (Primary organiser Natalja Deng)
12th May 2016: Processes: Bringing Analytic and Continental traditions together, University of Kent, UK
24th-30th August 2015: The Growing Block Online Conference, http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/growingblock/
23-24th June 2014: Third Reasoning Club Conference, University of Kent, UK (Primary organizer Julien Murzi)
25th February 2014: Updating Reality: Dynamism in the Philosophy of Time, University of Sheffield, UK

Teaching Experience

At University of Kent, UK (2013- )
Courses designed, convened, and lectured:

  • ‘Metaphysics’ (Upper level UG 2021, 2020, 2018, 2017, 2015)
  • ‘Knowledge and Reality’ (MA 2022, 2021)
  • ‘Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Metaphysics’ (Introductory UG, 2020)
  • ‘Philosophy and Film’ (Upper level UG, 2018)
  • ‘Living Philosophy’ (Upper level UG, 2018)
  • ‘Realism and Relativism’ (Upper Level UG, 2017)
  • ‘Philosophical Reading and Writing’ (Introductory UG, 2016)
  • ‘Philosophy of Mind and Action’ (Upper Level UG, 2016)
  • ‘Philosophy of Language’ (Upper Level UG,  2017, 2016)
  • ‘Metaphysics, Truth and Relativism’ (Upper Level UG, 2014)
  • ‘Aesthetics’ (Upper Level UG, 2018, 2014, 2013)
  • ‘Politics, Rights, and Applied Ethics’ (Introductory UG, 2013, 2015)
  • ‘Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics’ (Introductory UG, 2018, 2017, 2015)
  • ‘Metaethics’ (Upper Level UG 2017, 2015)
    Courses taught on:
  • ‘Philosophy of Language’ (Upper Level UG, 2022)
  • ‘Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Metaphysics’ (Introductory UG, 2014)
  • ‘Philosophical Reading and Writing’ (Introductory UG, 2014)
  • ‘Knowledge and Metaphysis: Descartes to Kant.’ (Upper Level UG, 2014)

I have also supervised a number of undergraduate dissertations/extended essays, and several MA essays or dissertations, on Metaphysics, Metametaphysics, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics, and Ethics.

At Southwestern College, Kansas, USA (2012-13)
Courses designed, convened and lectured:

  • Philosophy at the Movies (Upper Level UG)
  • History of Philosophy 1 (Introductory UG)
  • History of Philosophy 2 (Introductory UG)
  • Political Philosophy (Upper Level UG)

Other teaching and supervision:

  • Dissertation (Upper Level UG on Philosophy of Religion)
  • Hunger (a team-taught upper level interdisciplinary UG course)
  • Dissertation Writing 2 (distance learning course for EdD students)
  • Intro to College (orientation module)

At University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK (2006-12)
Courses designed, convened, and lectured:

  • Reasoning, Argument, and Persuasion (a module in critical thinking aimed at MA Journalism students and first year PhD students from disciplines other than Philosophy).

Courses taught on:

  • Mind, Brain and Personal Identity (Introductory UG)
  • Philosophy of Space and Time (Introductory UG)
  • Reason and Argument (Introductory UG)
  • Elementary Logic (Introductory UG)
  • Philosophy of Art and Literature (Introductory UG)
  • Matters of Life and Death (Introductory UG)
  • Philosophy of Science (Introductory UG)
  • Philosophy of Religion (Introductory UG)
  • The Earliest Greek Philosophers (Introductory UG)
  • History of Philosophy (Introductory UG)
  • Key Arguments (Introductory UG)
  • Knowledge, Justification, and Doubt (Introductory UG)

Teaching Awards:
At Kent:

2022: Above and Beyond Award (including the following student comment “Incredible dedication and passion. Always willing to help with prompt replies on email. Inspirational and clearly cares a great deal.”)
In 2016 I was ‘commended’ by the Humanities Teaching Prize panel.
I have been nominated Teaching Awards in the following categories:

  • Best Teacher (2016; 2015; 2014)
  • Fantastic Feedback (2014)
  • Best Supervision (2014)
  • Teaching Employability (2014)
  • Humanities Award (2014)

Outreach and Public Engagement:

2022: Panellist for Philosophy and Covid: Reflections and Lessons
Panellist for Revaluing the Life Model in Art Practice
Invited Talk for Northfleet School for Girls on the Up to Us
Invited Talk to King’s School Canterbury on Being in the same Place
Podcast guest for Philosophy Takes on the News, Episodes 2, 5, and 11
2021: Invited Talk for Dover Grammar School for Girls on the Up to Us
Podcast guest for Living Philosophy: Time and Temporality.
Podcast guest for Philosophy and What Matters, Episode 4.
Panellist: UKC Physics Society Quantum Physics Panel
2019: Invited talk Canford School on Life, Death, and the Ozymandias Problem
2018-: Philosophical consultant for Theatre Re consulting on both Birth (2018) and Bluebelle (2020/21)
2018: Founder member of the East Kent Philosophy Teachers’ Network
Wrote the Philosophy Department, University of Kent’s Outreach Strategy
2017; 2018: Gave a public lecture to the University of Kent Philosophy Society
Published ‘Are we in a simulation?’ in the Philosophers’ Magazine, July 2017 issue.
Invited Lecture at King’s School, Rochester, Kent, on Virtue Ethics
2015: Gave a talk at a Think Nation Event on Space Exploration
Gave a Community Talk in Herne Bay on Philosophy of Time
Gave a public lecture to the University of Kent Philosophy Society
Participated in two Schools Conferences
2013: Invited Lecture at Rainham Mark Grammar School, Kent, on Camus’ Myth of Sisyphus.
2006-13: I was part of a Sheffield-based outreach programme called ‘Philosophy in the City’, bringing philosophy to school-children (aged 15-18) who wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to it. I both ran workshops at a summer school and mentored individuals and small groups.

Affiliations and Services:
I’m a member of the Philosophy of Time Society, the Society for Philosophy of Time, an associate of the Centre for the Philosophy of Time (based in Milan) and on the steering committee for the International Association for Philosophy of Time. I’m a Senior Research Associate of the University of Johannesburg. I’m a member of the Centre for Reasoning, the Centre for Practical Philosophy, and the Aesthetics Research Centre at Kent. I am the departmental representative for the University of Kent on the British Philosophical Association. I have acted as a referee for Mind, Analysis, Philosophical Studies, Philosophical Quarterly, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Erkenntnis, Synthese, the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, The Journal of the American Philosophical Association, European Journal for Philosophy of Science, Palgrave, Polity, and Routledge.

Also:
2020- :Head of Philosophy Department and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Philosophy, University of Kent
2018-2019: Chief Examiner, Stage 1 Undergraduate Studies, School of European Cultures and Languages, University of Kent
2015-2020: Chief Examiner, Philosophy BA (Single and Dual Honours), University of Kent, UK
2016-2019 : Admissions and Recruitment Officer, Department of Philosophy, University of Kent, UK
2014-2018: Library Liaison, Department of Philosophy, University of Kent, UK
2016-17:    Director of Employability, School of European Cultures and Languages, University of Kent, UK
2013-16:    Convenor, Philosophy Departmental Seminar, University of Kent, UK
2012-13:    Head of Philosophy Program, Southwestern College, Kansas
2012-13:    Member of Faculty Development Committee, Southwestern College, Kansas

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