Professor Kit Fine B.A. (Oxford), Ph.D. (Warwick)

Department of Philosophy
Distinguished Research Professor

Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Kit Fine is University Professor and Silver Professor of Philosophy and Mathematics at New York University. His main research interests are in Metaphysics, Logic, and Philosophy of Language. He has been made both a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.


  • PhD., University of Warwick, 1969.
  • B.A., Balliol College, Oxford, 1967. 


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 Logic, Synthese, Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, the Journal of Applied Non-Classical Logics, Reports on Logic, and Philosophers' Imprint.

Postgraduate supervision

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.

Find out more - our PhD Philosophy  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


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.



  • Semantic Relationalism (Blackwell, 2007).
  • Modality and Tense: Philosophical Papers (OUP, 2005).
  • The Limits of Abstraction (OUP, 2002).
  • Reasoning with Arbitrary Objects (Blackwell, 1985).
  • Worlds, Times, and Selves, with A. N. Prior (Duckworth, 1977).

Selected recent articles:

  • "A Difficulty for the Possible Worlds Analysis of Counterfactuals". Synthese 189, 2012: 29-57.
  • "Aristotle's Megarian Manoevres". Mind 120, 2012: 993-1034.
  • "Counterfactuals without Possible Worlds". Journal of Philosophy 109, 2012: 221-246.  
  • "Guide to Ground". In Correia and Schnieder (eds.): Metaphysical Grounding: Understanding the Structure of Reality (CUP, 2012).
  • "An Abstract Characterization of the Determinate/Determinable Distinction". Philosophical Perspectives 25, 2011: 161-187.
  • "Towards a Theory of Part". Journal of Philosophy 107 (2010): 559-589.
  • "Coincidence and Form". Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volume 82, 2008: 101-118.
  • "The Impossibility of Vagueness". Philosophical Perspectives 22, 2008: 111-136.
  • "In Defence of Three-Dimensionalism". Journal of Philosophy 103, 2006: 699-714.
  • "Class and Membership". Journal of Philosophy 102, 2005: 547-572.
  • "The Non-Identity of a Material Thing and Its Matter". Mind 112, 2003: 195-234.
  • "The Role of Variables". Journal of Philosophy 100, 2003: 605-631.
  • "The Question of Realism". Philosophers' Imprint 1, 2001: 1-30.
  • "Neutral Relations". Philosophical Review 109, 2000: 1-33.

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