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Dr Ellen Fridland

Dr Ellen FridlandLecturer in Philosophy

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Address: Department of Philosophy
King's College London
Room 612, Philosophy Building
London,  WC2R 2LS




Dr Fridland received her PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2010. She went on to do a post-doc in philosophy of mind at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt University of Berlin, during which time she spent a year as a visiting fellow at Tufts Center for Cognitive Studies. She joined King’s College London in 2013.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Philosophy of Mind/Cognitive Science
  • Philosophical Psychology
  • Know How

Dr Fridland works in empirically-informed, naturalistic philosophy of mind. Her research focuses primarily on three areas, all related to skill: foundational issues concerning the nature of skill, ability, and control, functional issues concerning the role of skill in cognitive development, and the application of skill-based theories to considerations of moral cognition, character formation and transformation, and personal identity. 

Also, she is interested in the nature of cognition, embodiment, and Buddhist theories of perception and epistemology.

Dr Fridland welcomes enquiries from students seeking supervision on topics in her areas of expertise.

Selected publications
  • Problems with Intellectualism. (forthcoming). Philosophical Studies. doi:10.1007/s11098-012-9994-4.
  • Knowledge-How: Problems and Considerations. (forthcoming). European Journal of Philosophy. doi:10.1111/ejop.12000.
  • Skill Learning and Conceptual Thought: Making Our Way Through the Wilderness. (2013). In B. Bashour and H. Muller (Eds.), Philosophical Naturalism and its Implications.  Routledge.
  • Imitation, Skill Learning, and Conceptual Thought: An Embodied, Developmental Approach. (2013). In L. Swan (Ed.), The Origins of Mind: Springer Book Series in Biosemantics. Springer.
  • The Case for Proprioception. (2011). Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 10(4), 521-540.

Dr Fridland has previously taught on the Neuroscience & the Mind module, offered to students in the School of Biomedical Sciences.

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