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Dr Stacie Friend

  • Overview



    Stacie Friend is a Reader in Philosophy, and the Director of Education and Undergraduate Programmes in Philosophy. She taught at Birkbeck from 2005-2007 and rejoined the department in 2014, having taught in between at Heythrop College, University of London. She previously lectured at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania (2003-05) and at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (2002-03). She received her PhD in Philosophy from Stanford University in 2002.

    Dr Friend is the President of the British Society of Aesthetics and an organiser of the London Aesthetics Forum series of talks at the Institute of Philosophy. She is also a co-investigator on a three-year Leverhulme Trust research project on 'Learning from Fiction' (2018-2021), with Gregory Currie (Philosophy, York) and Heather Ferguson (Psychology, Kent). 

    Stacie has been a Visiting Professor at the Institut Jean-Nicod/Ecole normale supérieure (Paris), the LOGOS Research Group at the University of Barcelona and the Aesthetics Department at the University of Uppsala. She was a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow in 2013-14.


  • Research


    Research interests

    • Philosophy of Fiction
    • Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics
    • Philosophy of Language and Mind
  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    I welcome inquiries from prospective PhD students who are interested in the philosophy of fiction (including literature and film), reference and proper names, imagination, and related topics.

    Current doctoral researchers


    Doctoral alumni



    I teach undergraduate and post-graduate modules in the philosophy of art, philosophy of language and metaphysics.

    Teaching modules

    • Identity, Mind and Free Will (SSPL011H4)
    • Philosophy as the Art of Living: Ancient Views (SSPL015H4)
    • Philosophy of Science (Level 5) (SSPL072H5)
    • Philosophy and Gender (Level 6) (SSPL085H6)
    • Philosophy, Business and Society (Level 6) (SSPL086H6)
    • Philosophy and Gender (Level 7) (SSPL125H7)
    • Art and Value (Level 7) (SSPL135H7)
    • Moral Responsibility (Level 6) (SSPL152H6)
    • Research in Practical Philosophy (SSPL158S7)
    • Modern Philosophy (Level 6) (SSPL186H6)
    • Philosophy and Gender (Level 5) (SSPL189H5)
    • Philosophy, Business and Society (Level 5) (SSPL190H5)
    • Moral Responsibility (Level 5) (SSPL213H5)
    • Kant's Ethical Theory (Level 5) (SSPL225H5)
    • Kant's Ethical Theory (Level 6) (SSPL226H6)
  • Publications



    Book Section

    • Friend, Stacie (2021) Fictionality in imagined worlds. In: Sedivy, S. (ed.) Art, Representation, and Make-Believe: Essays on the Philosophy of Kendall L. Walton. Routledge. pp. 25-40. ISBN 9780367370169.
    • Friend, Stacie (2016) Fiction and emotion. In: Kind, A. (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. pp. 217-230. ISBN 9780415739481.
    • Friend, Stacie (2014) Believing in stories. In: Currie, G. and Kieran, M. and Meskin, A. and Robson, J. (eds.) Aesthetics and the Sciences of Mind. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199669639.
    • Friend, Stacie (2014) Notions of nothing. In: García-Carpintero, M. and Marti, G. (eds.) Empty Representations: Reference and Non-Existence. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199647057.

    External Repositories