David Yates -
David Yates -

David Yates

I’m a professional philosopher based at the University of Lisbon, and this is a short bio. I was born in Edmonton, Canada, and grew up in Denbigh, North Wales. I attended Ysgol Glan Clwyd, St Asaph,  before going to Imperial College London to study physics. I left after two years (D’oh!) to study philosophy at Liverpool University (93-96), and did my MPhil and PhD at King’s College London (96-98 and 02-06). During my career break between MPhil and PhD, I moved to Bangor and played in a band for a while, ran out of money, did an I.T. training course, got a 9-5 teaching job in Caernarfon, saved some money, and spent two years travelling in southeast Asia and Australia.

I was a fixed-term lecturer at KCL and Sheffield, and had postdocs at the Institute of Philosophy, KCL, and Oxford University, before arriving at beautiful Lisbon, where I am an FCT Researcher. I specialise in Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Mind, with a lot of teaching experience in all of them. I publish primarily on powers, causation, emergence, realization and related topics at the intersection of metaphysics and the philosophies of science and mind.

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