In the Fall of 2020, I will be an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Union College. Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow at UBC. I have taught also at Barnard College of Columbia University and the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. I completed my PhD in Philosophy at UCLA.

My research is in Metaphysics, Aesthetics, and Philosophy of Language. I write primarily about abstract artifacts. These are abstract objects that people create: e.g., novels, symphonies, corporations, languages, words, and fictional characters. Abstract artifacts have ramifications for myriad questions in metaphysics pertaining to causation, vague existence, vague identity, change, time, and creation. 

My teaching interests are diverse. I have taught courses in Environmental Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, Philosophy of Race and Gender, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy and Film, and Introduction to Philosophy. I look forward teaching courses in Bioethics and time travel in the Fall at Union College.

David Friedell
Department of Philosophy

Union College

807 Union Street

Schenectady, NY 12308



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