Charles Travis

Charles Travis received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph. D. from UCLA. He has taught in the U.S., Canada, The Netherlands, and the U. K., having spent most of his career in the last 3 countries.

Before coming to King’s, he was a professor at Northwestern University, and before that at the University of Stirling. He has taught at many other places, including visiting professorships at the University of Michigan, and at Harvard.

He speaks Dutch/Flemish, some French, and some Portuguese.

In the Institute of Philosophy of Porto he is responsible, together with Sofia Miguens, for the global coordination of MLAG.

Research interests: Thought, representation and experience; Philosophy of language & logic; Philosophy of psychology; Epistemology

Sofia Miguens

Sofia Miguens is Associate Professor (Professora Associada com Agregação) at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Porto. Her MPhil and PhD studies were supervised by Fernando Gil (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)), Paris / New University of Lisbon (FCSH/UNL). She was a Visiting scholar at New York University (Fall 2000) and a Visiting Research Fellow at Institut Jean Nicod-Paris (2007-2008). She was President of the Portuguese Philosophical Association (Sociedade Portuguesa de Filosofia, SPF) (2004-2006) and Head of the Philosophy Department at FLUP (2008-2010). She has been a member of the Board of the Institute of Philosophy since 2007 (2007-2008) (2008-2010) (2010-2014). She is the Founder and Principal Investigator of MLAG (Mind, Language and Action Group), which she now coordinates with Charles Travis (King’s College – London). She is author of five books and editor of ten others. She has published about sixty articles, review articles and book chapters in Portuguese, English and French.

Research interests: Philosophy of mind and language; epistemology and cognitive science; moral and political philosophy; history of 20th century philosophy (phenomenology and analytic philosophy)

    Current members

      Anna Ciaunica

      Anna Ciaunica is a Postdoctoral FCT Research Fellow at the Mind, Language and Action Group, Institute of Philosophy, Porto and Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Senses, School of Advanced Study, London. Her main expertise is the role of embodiment in cognition and conscious experience. She is particularly interested in how our perceptions of our own body and the bodies of others are involved in structuring social cognition/interaction.

        João Alberto Pinto

        João Alberto Pinto is a Professor at the Department of Philosophy of FLUP (Faculdade de Letras – Universidade do Porto). There has been in charge of teaching logic, at undergraduate and graduate level, since 1998. He has also worked on philosophy of mind and metaphysics (cf. Superveniência, Materialismo e Experiência – Uma Perspectiva Sobre o Problema da Consciência em Filosofia da Mente, Porto, Campo das Letras, 2007). His doctoral work concerned G. Boole and the origins of modern logic. (cf. Pinto 2006, “Boole e Frege: matematização da lógica vs. logificação”

          Pedro Borges de Araújo

          Architect (Escola Superior de Belas Artes do Porto, 1975), MA Philosophy (Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto, 2009). Metadisciplinary PhD dissertation in Architecture and Philosophy –  [ArquitecturaFilosofia]: Contribuição para a investigação da Complexidade do Projecto. Modelos Operacionais no Domínio Arquitectura Património Museu (FLUP, 2015).  Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Porto. Founding member of MLAG and current coordinator of research Project Autofocus [af]p. Professional activity as both architect and teacher after 1975 shaped research interests: Architecture and Philosophy, animal and vernacular architecture; analysis of agency in design processes and systems, the ontoepistemological framework and metaphysics of agents in the real world.

            Pierre-Jean Renaudie

            Pierre-Jean Renaudie received his PhD in Philosophy from Paris-Sorbonne University (France), where he taught Philosophy from 2004 to 2012 and defended a dissertation on Edmund Husserl’s theory of knowledge the emergence of phenomenology at the turn of the XXth Century. In 2013, he earned a FCT Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship and joined the MLAG research group at the University of Porto. He is currently working on a research project on the shortcomings of self-knowledge in phenomenology and philosophy of mind. His research explores the moral and epistemological difficulties that stem from the privilege granted to the first-person’s authority in self-knowledge.

            Pierre-Jean published a book on the relations between language and perception in Edmund Husserl’s phenomenology (Husserl on Categories. Language, Thought, Perception, Paris, Vrin, 2015), and several articles in French and English on topics related to intentionality, self-knowledge, epistemology, phenomenology and psychology. He wrote on Kant, Brentano, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Derrida, and is interested in showing how phenomenological analyses can address some of the challenges brought up by analytic philosophy of mind (mainly in the works of Sellars, Castaneda, Shoemaker, McDowell, Moran…). He has been working as a researcher in France, Australia, the USA and Portugal.

            Areas of interest: Phenomenology (German and French), Kant’s Theory of Knowledge, Philosophy of Mind, Moral Psychology, Epistemology, Philosophy of Psychology


              Clara Morando

              Clara is working on a dissertation on “Ego e consciência” (Consciousness and the self). She is especially interested in Sartre. With Rui Vieira da Cunha she has taught the seminar “Técnica, Linguagem e Poder” at FLUP.

                Diana Couto

                Diana Couto obtained an MA in Philosophy at the University of Porto with a dissertation on Donald Davidson entitled “Donald Davidson: subjetivo-objetivo. O retorno ao cogito“, supervised by Professor Sofia Miguens (University of Porto) and Professor Manuel García-Carpintero (LOGOS, University of Barcelona). She was an Erasmus visiting student at LOGOS, University of Barcelona (2015-2016 and 2017).

                Her current main research interests lie within the philosophy of action, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and epistemology. She is also interested in a wide range of other topics, such as metaphysics, metaethics and to a lesser extent, in the history of contemporary philosophy.

                  João Machado Vaz

                  Since 2010 João has been working on a dissertation under the title of “Schizophrenia, Minkowski & Bergsonism” and is particularly interested in the history of psychiatry, phenomenological psychopathology and psychoanalysis. He is co-supervised by Sofia Miguens (Philosophy, U.P.) and Rui Mota Cardoso (Medicine, U.P.). João was born in 1977 in Porto where he currently lives. He graduated in Industrial Engineering in 2000 (U.P.) and in Psychology in 2010 (U.P.). His experience as a Psychologist concerns mostly psychotherapies and psychological evaluation of both outpatients and inpatients of Psychiatric departments.

                    João Santos

                    João is working on the philosophy of John McDowell.

                      José Pedro Correia

                      José Pedro Correia studied Computer Science and Systems Engineering at the University of Minho and did a MSc in Logic at the University of Amsterdam. He is currently preparing a dissertation on the connection between the ideas of later Wittgenstein and the modeling approach of signaling games.

                        Luís Veríssimo

                        Luís graduated in Philosophy (with specialization in philosophy teaching) at University of Porto in 2006. Since then he has been a Philosophy teacher in several Highschools in Portugal. He is the author of two Philosophy textbooks and several papers, mainly on ethics. He his responsible for teacher training programs such as: Introdução à Metaética Contemporânea (FLUP), O que é a arte? – uma introdução à estética e à filosofia da arte  (FBAUP) and O problema do livre-arbítrio no Programa de Filosofia do Ensino Secundário (Edições Asa). He is currently a  PhD student (FCT – PhD studentship: SFRH/BD/112504/2015) at LanCog Research Group/Center of Philosophy – University of Lisbon.

                          Manuela Teles

                          Manuela is working on philosophy of perception and is especially interested in Frege. Her dissertation title is “Perception and Judgement”. She is editor of “Aparência e Realidade” (Lisboa, Colibri, 2010) and “Aspects of Judgement” (Porto, FL-UP, 2011)

                            Susana Cadilha

                            Susana is working on a dissertation on meta-ethics, whose current title is “O que é agir moralmente?” (What is it to act morally?).  She is a team member of Project “Conversations on Practical Rationality” and editor of “Mente, Linguagem e Acção – Textos para discussão” and “Acção e Ética – conversas sobre racionalidade prática”.

                              Past members

                              Carlos E. Mauro

                              Carlos Mauro is brazilian and an economist by training (BSc, São Paulo), with a Masters degree in Public Policies. He used to teach at FAAP, São Paulo (an Economics and Management school) until he came to Portugal in 2006. He has a PhD in Philosophy (thesis: “Uma Teoria Deflaccionista da Racionalidade na Acção”). He coordinates the Action, Agency and Rationality are of MLAG, and is the founder of X-Phi Lab.

                              Mattia Riccardi

                              Mattia Riccardi graduated in Milan, Italy, before earning a PhD in Berlin, Germany (Humboldt side). In 2010, he joined the MLAG research group at the University of Porto, where he worked on a post-doc project on “Embodied Intentionality”. His work has focused on Nietzsche and Kant (primarily, their metaphysics and epistemology) and, more recently, on philosophy of mind. His other areas of interest include morals and philosophy of biology.

                                Paulo Tunhas

                                Paulo Tunhas is a Professor at the Department of Philosophy of University of Porto. He teaches Modern and Contemporary Philosophy at graduate and undergrate levels. He did his studies of Philosophy in Porto, Cambridge and Paris. He has a PhD from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris (supervisor: Fernando Gil; title: Abîmes, passages, limites. Système et pré-système chez Kant).