I am a lecturer in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. 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, 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 to teaching courses in Ethics and Bioethics next semester.

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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