If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


I took my BA (2004-2007), MPhil (2007-2008) and PhD (2008-2011) in Philosophy at Newnham College, Cambridge. Before coming to Manchester in 2019, I was a Jacobsen Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, based in the Institute of Philosophy (2011-2014), Academic Director and Teaching Officer in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (2011-16), and a Visiting Lecturer and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire. I'm a current Trustee of the British Society of Aesthetics.

My research focuses on aesthetics, metaphysics and the philosophy of language, especially questions about the nature of fiction. With Craig Bourne, I wrote Time in Fiction (Oxford University Press, 2016) and edited the Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy (Routledge, 2018). Some of the topics I have been writing about recently are personification, video games and the representation of agency, narrative understanding, fictionalism about folk psychological states, and the nature of conversational communication.

Office hours

Semester 2, 2021-22: office hours on Tuesdays 2pm-3pm on campus and Thursdays 2pm-3pm online (except 03/03/2022). Please do email me if you need to arrange alternative times.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • Aesthetics
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Fiction


Dive into the research topics where Emily Caddick Bourne is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or