TEACHING AND RESEARCH

Currently:

Job seeker

Education and professional positions:

  • Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Philosophy I of the University of Granada (funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, 2014-2016).
  • Visiting researcher at IFS-CSIC (Madrid, 2014).
  • Postdoctoral researcher at Teachers College Columbia University (USA), (funded by Fulbright and the Spanish Ministry of Education, 2012-2014).
  • Joint Ph.D. (Philosophy) awarded by the University of Granada and the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (funded by La Caixa, the French Government and the University of Paris 1, 2006-2010).
  • M.A. in Logic and Philosophy of Sciences. University of Granada (2004-2006).
  • B.S. in Mathematics. University of Granada (1999-2004).

Some lines of research:

(1) Natural Language Semantics

The aim is to develop a diagrammatic and dynamic representation of natural discourse, whose dynamic nature will be not only the product of a context change potential (potential anaphoric antecedents), but also of a diagram change potential (diagram changes are meaningful).

(2) Didactics of logic and mathematics

The aim is to design and put into action visual tools for teaching logic and mathematics. We put a special focus on cases of dyslexia and autism.

(3) Epistemology (together with R. Parikh)

The project aims at answering two questions: (A) what do people mean when they use the verb ‘to know (that)’ (semantic part), and (B) in Ansgar Beckermann words “what is the goal of our cognitive efforts” (epistemic part). Every belief has a life that goes from the agent having the belief now, the transmission of the belief to other agents, and the persistence of the belief through time. The belief can be said to be successful in relation to any of these respects. We call them, respectively, the first, second and third person perspective to propositional knowledge, and we investigate the requisite properties of each one of them. The analysis of the third person perspective has a particular interest, since it guides the answer to question (B). Our approach is a pragmatist one, and our main references Charles S. Peirce and Isaac Levi.

The strategy (lines of research (1) and (2))

The strategy consists in studying how people read and produce diagrams, and then to apply the results to the study of natural language and reasoning. In this line, I make use of the work of people like B. Tversky and her group (at Columbia and Stanford) on spatial language and thinking, diagram production and comprehension, etc. I see this strategy as an enlightening research tool, that can help us to unravel some traditionally difficult phenomena linked to language and reasoning.

Publications:

You can find some of my publications here.

Teaching:

Seminars

  • Presentation of a new project around the Granada Women’s Bookshop (1980-1987). The seminar was taught in collaboration with Raquel Hernández and Juanfran Caña Roca, in the context of the course Patrimonio y Gestión Cultural [Heritage and Cultural Management] of the Undergraduate Degree in Anthropology of the University of Granada (2017-2018 (2 hours)).

Philosophy: undergraduate courses

  • La Lógica y su Filosofía [Logic and its Philosophy] (University of Granada / 2015-2016 (55 hours) and 2016-2017 (40 hours)): Introduction to the philosophy of logic. Analysis and evaluation of arguments. Introduction to formal languages and their deductive calculuses. Study of fundamental logical concepts.
  • Temas Contemporáneos de Filosofía [Contemporary Themes in Philosophy] (University of Granada / 10 hours / 2014-2015): Wittgenstein’s philosophies, ‘Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus’, ‘Philosophical Investigations’.
  • Informatique S3 [Computer Science S3] (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University / 39 hours / 2008-2009): Introduction to cognitivism, Turing machines, connectionism, artificial neural network, functionalism, and enaction.

Philosophy: master courses

  • Lenguaje y Mente [Mind and Language] (University of Granada / 2015-2016 (20 hours) and 2016-2017 (20 hours)): Introduction to the communicative and cognitive conceptions of language. Fodor’s modular systems. Sapir-Whorf’s linguistic relativity hypothesis .

Teaching innovation project

I have coordinated (September 2015 – December 2016) a teaching innovation project funded by the University of Granada and positively evaluated by the ANECA (the Spanish agency for the evaluation of the quality of the projects). During this time, among many other things, we organized various seminars (on Film and Philosophy, Philosophical Consultancy, Practical Philosophy, etc.), coordinated the broadcasting live of three radio programs in which have collaborated philosophy as well as communication students, and organized four talks, as well as several interviews.

Reviewing experience

I have collaborated as reviewer with several journals and publishers: Theoria, Phenomenology and Mind, College Publications and The Linguistic Review.

Popularization of Philosophy:

Project

In 2010 Hugo Viciana and I began a project of popularization of philosophy in Spanish that we named FilosofiPods. In 2013 the blog connected to the project, that we run (www.filosofipods.org), was awarded finalist (among a total of 963 blogs) of the “II Edición del Concurso de Blogs de promoción del español y la cultura en español” [II Edition of the competition of blogs promoting the Spanish language, and the culture in Spanish.] The conferring institutions were: Universidad de Alcalá, El Instituto Cervantes, Google, Madrid Network-Plataforma del Español, Fundéu BBVA, Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI), and Monografías.com.

Noche Europea de l@s Investigador@s

In the context of the Noche Europea de l@s Investigador@s (H2020-MSCA-NIGHT2016: OPEN RESEARCHERS), I was the coordinator of the activity entitled “A morning of Philosophy for Children”. What we did was to introduce the principles and methodology of the “philosophy for children program” to a group of philosophy students, and after a minimum training, provide them with the possibility to practice with children.

Radio

In 2015 I collaborated with the UNED and Radio 3 in a radio program devoted to Philosophy. Together with Paula Olmos, I interviewed Atocha Aliseda (UNAM) about her book “La Lógica como Herramienta de la Razón” [“Logic as a Tool for Reasoning”]. You can find the interview (in Spanish) here.

Others:

In the past I devoted part of my time to the study of Game Theory. In particular, I was interested in the use made of the theory in the resolution of conflicts (together with Jorge Bolaños.)

Complete résumé:

Here

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