Kit Fine

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Kit Fine
Born (1946-03-26) 26 March 1946 (age 76)
Occupation Professor of Philosophy and Mathematics
Nationality British
Education Ph.D. 1969 (philosophy), University of Warwick; B.A. 1967 (philosophy), University of Oxford
Spouse Anne Fine (divorced)
Children Cordelia Fine, Ione Fine

Kit Fine (born 26 March 1946) is a Silver Professor of Philosophy and Mathematics at New York University. He previously taught for several years at the University of Michigan and at UCLA. The author of several books and dozens of articles in international academic journals, he has made notable contributions to the fields of philosophical logic, metaphysics, and the philosophy of language and also has written on ancient philosophy, in particular on Aristotle's account of logic and modality.

He is also a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Birmingham, UK.[1]

Life and writings

After graduating from the University of Oxford (B.A., 1967) Fine received his Ph.D. from the University of Warwick in 1969, under the supervision of A. N. Prior. He was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2005[2] and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2006.[3] He has held fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies and is a former editor of the Journal of Symbolic Logic. In addition to his primary areas of research, he has written papers in ancient philosophy, linguistics, computer science, and economic theory.[4]

Fine has described his general approach to philosophy as follows: "I’m firmly of the opinion that real progress in philosophy can only come from taking common sense seriously. A departure from common sense is usually an indication that a mistake has been made."[5]

Fine has two daughters from his former mariage to Anne Fine. Anne Fine is an author of children's books; Cordelia Fine teaches at a university in Australia; Ione Fine is a professor at the University of Washington.[6][7]



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  2. "British Academy | Elections to the Fellowship 2005 - British Academy". Retrieved 2015-10-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  4. "Kit Fine, Faculty of Philosophy | NYU". Retrieved 2015-10-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Metaphysical Kit » 3:AM Magazine". 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2015-10-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Salter, Jessica (14 September 2010). "World of Anne Fine, author". The Daily Telegraph. London.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "FineLab homepage". Retrieved 2015-07-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


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