Dr Emily Caddick Bourne

ICE Teaching Officer, Academic Director in Philosophy


Emily Caddick Bourne is Academic Director and Teaching Officer in Philosophy at ICE, and is affiliated with the University of Cambridge Faculty of Philosophy. Emily completed her BA in Philosophy at Newnham College, Cambridge in 2007. She stayed at Newnham to take an MPhil (2007-8) and PhD (2008-11). Alongside her work at the Institute of Continuing Education, from 2011 to 2014 Emily held a Jacobsen Research Fellowship at Birkbeck, University of London, based in the Institute of Philosophy.


Before joining ICE Emily taught at Cambridge and at the University of Hertfordshire. She has taught in various areas within Philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, aesthetics and philosophy of film and literature.

Emily takes an interactive approach to teaching philosophy, incorporating students’ ideas about the philosophical issues so that studying philosophical arguments goes hand in hand with developing one’s own take on the debate. Her courses combine central philosophical ideas with recent developments in contemporary philosophy.



  • 'Recent Work on Fictionalism', Analysis Reviews. Forthcoming.
  • ‘Fictional Branching Time?’ (with Craig Bourne), in Correia, F and Iacona, A (eds.) Around the Tree: Essays on Branching Time (Springer, for Synthese). Forthcoming.
  • ‘On What We May Infer from Artistic and Scientific Representations of Time’ (with Craig Bourne), Writing Visual Culture (formerly Working Papers in Design) vol.5: Ways of Knowing: Art and Science's Shared Imagination. 2012.

Book reviews:

  • Review of Mark Sainsbury's Fiction and Fictionalism, in the British Journal of Aesthetics 51(3). 2011.
  • Review of Paul Crowther's The Kantian Aesthetic: From Knowledge to the Avant-Garde, in the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies Volume 35 Issue 2. 2012.

Emily is currently writing a co-authored book called Time in Fiction for Oxford University Press. The book is about how time is represented in stories, and what this shows us about the nature of fiction and the nature of time. She is also planning an edited collection on metafiction.

Courses Taught

Talks and conference papers

  • July 2014: 'Mental fictionalism', Mental Fictionalism, University of Edinburgh.
  • June 2014: 'The concept of redemption', Fall Narratives, University of Aberdeen.
  • May 2014: 'Temporal representation in static and moving images' (with Craig Bourne), workshop on Art and Time, University of Nottingham.
  • April 2014: 'Prophecy and misunderstanding in Macbeth' (with Craig Bourne), 'Many straunge and horrible events' – Omens and Prophecies in Histories and Tragedies by Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, Shakespeare 450, Paris.
  • April 2014: 'True to fictionalism', at the Bucharest-Budapest Workshop in Philosophy, Central European University, Budapest.
  • April 2013: 'Meaningful Sex and Bad Language', University of Rijeka, Croatia. For a conference on the work of Craig Bourne (co-author.)
  • November 2012: 'Perversion and the Unconventional', University of Kent.
  • October 2012: 'Macbeth: The Philosophical Perspective' (with Craig Bourne), British Council, Tokyo
  • September 2012: Three lectures on Macbeth (with Craig Bourne), Meiji University, Tokyo
  • December 2011: ‘The Fictional Future’, PERSP Space & Time Workshop on the Open Future, Barcelona.
  • November 2011: 'Pillow Talk: The Philosophers' Guide to Meaningful Sex and Bad Language' (with Craig Bourne), University of Hertfordshire
  • November 2011: 'Funny Games with Fictional Time', Birkbeck, University of London.
  • June 2011: ‘Quantum of Solace or Pussy Galore? Superpositions, indefiniteness and truth-value links’ (with Craig Bourne), Scientific Models and Everyday Thinking, 1-day workshop, University of Hertfordshire.
  • April 2011: ‘Making Sense of Metafiction’, Fiction on Fiction: Metafictions and Reflexive Representation – Philosophy, Film, Art, Literature, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge.
  • June 2010: ‘Character Building’, Workshop on Mark Sainsbury’s Fiction and Fictionalism, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge.
  • September 2009: ‘The Real Problem with Fictional Feelings’, British Society of Aesthetics Annual Conference, University of Oxford.
  • July 2009: ‘Truthmaking and Indefiniteness in Fiction’, Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and Mind Association, University of East Anglia.

Emily has also given numerous talks at schools and for university philosophy societies.

Research interests

Emily’s research interests are in aesthetics, metaphysics and logic. Her work focuses especially on the nature of fiction.

Part of Emily’s research concentrates on fictions which represent themselves as fictions. In April 2011 she convened Fiction on Fiction: Metafictions and Reflexive Representation – Philosophy, Film, Art, Literature at Cambridge’s Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). This was a multi-disciplinary event with speakers from areas including Philosophy, English, Film Studies and Film Practice, and was sponsored by CRASSH, the British Society of Aesthetics, the Faculty of Philosophy and the Aristotelian Society.

Professional activities

  • Peer reviewer: Synthese; Philosophical Studies, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly; British Journal of Aesthetics; Canadian Journal of Philosophy.
  • Secretary, University of Cambridge metaphysics seminar group, 2008-2010

How to get in touch


University of Cambridge
Institute of Continuing Education
Madingley Hall
Cambridge CB23 8AQ

Email: Emily.CaddickBourne

Tel: +44 (0)1223 746246

Location: Hall Room 8