I am a lecturer in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. Starting in the Fall of 2020, I will be an Assistant Professor in the philosophy department at Union College. I completed my PhD in Philosophy at UCLA. Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow at UBC and a visiting assistant professor at Barnard College, Columbia University. I spent a year in graduate school teaching at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.

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. 

David Friedell
Department of Philosophy

University of British Columbia

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Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Email: david.friedell@ubc.ca



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