WHAT WE DO
Individual members of Madrid Philosophy Network regularly organize research activities in the context of their respective research groups.
These include conferences, workshops, invited talks, summer schools, seminars, reading groups, and other events.
To know more about Madrid Philosophy Network activities, check out our calendar.
You can also see the conferences and workshops and other main events that Madrid Philosophy Network organizes or coordinates every year.
Autonomous University of Madrid
The Applied Epistemology Research Group (AEGEA) pursues research in epistemology in the analytic tradition, with particular focus on social and applied epistemology.
AEGEA's research activities include the AEGEA seminar series (talks by invited speakers, approximately once a month), workshops in epistemology (particularly in social epistemology) and a reading group with other members of the department on issues in epistemology, philosophy of language and philosophy of mind
To participate in AEGEA's activities, please contact Jesús Vega: jesus.vega[at]uam.es.
Carlos III University of Madrid
CONSTISUJE was founded in 2012 with the aim of investigating the multiple aspects of human agency, with an emphasis on the relationship between culture and identity.
CONSTISUJE regularly organizes seminars on topics such as agency or cultures and subcultures.
To participate in CONSTISUJE's activities, please contact Fernando Broncano: fernando.broncano[at]uc3m.es
The Research Group in Applied Ethics (GEA) aims at investigating the ethical aspects of socially significant issues both from a normative and experimental perspective. Its research areas include bioethics (especially ethical issues surrounding disability), ethics of communication, ethics and governance as well as experimental philosophy about moral intuitions.
GEA organizes a regular seminar in applied ethics.
To participate in GEA's activities, please contact Fernando Aguiar: faguiar[at]cchs.csic.es
UNED: Department of Logic, History and Philosophy of Science
LHFC is a history and philosophy department, broadly conceived. Its research areas include philosophy of the social sciences, philosophy of economy, philosophy of biology, philosophy of medicine and philosophy of statistics.
LHFC organizes a seminar series with invited speakers as well as conferences and workshops on topics related to history and philosophy of science.
To participate in LHFC's activities, please contact David Teira: dteira[at]fsof.uned.es
Complutense University of Madrid
The PHYSIS Research Group in Analytic Metaphysics focuses on the relationship between science, language, and metaphysics and its aim is to promote the study of analytic metaphysics.
PHYSIS organizes a great variety of philosophical events, including conferences, workshops, joint workshops with other research groups, lectures, and summer schools.
To participate in PHYSIS's activities, please contact Javier Cumpa: jcarteseros[at]ucm.es
October 21-22, 2019
Members of MPN will present their work-in-progress in this two-day workshop. The workshop will be held at Carlos III University of Madrid (Puerta de Toledo Campus, Sala 1.a.08).
Tuesday 22nd of October
9.30 - 10.30: 0 Jesús Navarro (Universidad de Sevilla) ‘El giro del riesgo en epistemología’
10.30 - 11.30: Gloria Andrada (UAM/FILNOVA) ‘Conocimiento extendido y complementariedad epistémica’
11.30 - 12.00: Coffee Break
12.00 - 13.00: Jesús Zamora (UNED) ‘Invitación al deflacionismo’
13.00 – 15.00: Lunch
15.00 - 16.00: Carlos Thiebaut (UC3M) ‘¿Qué significa "experiencia" en el sintagma "experiencia del daño"?’
16.00 - 17.00: Moisés Barba (UAM) ‘Las virtudes epistémicas colectivas son irreducibles’
17.00 - 18.00: Andrea Greppi (UC3M) ‘Autoridad práctica y autoridad epistémica: expertise y entendimiento en entornos administrativos’
Wednesday 23th of October
9.30 - 10.30: Fernando Aguiar & Pilar Aguilar & Ivar Hannikainen (CSIC & Loyola & UGR) ‘Culpa sin responsabilidad: accidentes con coches autónomos’
10.30 - 11.30: Víctor Luque (UNED) ‘The Structure of Evolutionary Theory’
11.30 - 12.00: Coffee Break
12.00 - 13.00: Ivar Hannikainen & Manuel Almagro & Neftalí Villanueva (UGR) ‘Libertad de expresión y discurso ofensivo. Una perspectiva desde la pragmática experimental’
13.00 – 15.00: Lunch
15.00 - 16.00: Javier Portillo (Universidad de Sevilla) ‘Agravios de la injusticia epistémica: las (im)posibilidades de comprenderse’
16.00 - 17.00: Óscar Díaz Rodríguez (Universidad Complutense) ‘El problema de la reconciliación de las imágenes. Graham Harman frente a Wilfrid Sellars’
17.00 - 18.00: Giorgio Airoldi (UNED) ‘Natural selection and the complexity of life
January 24, 2019
Kick-off Meeting of Madrid Philosophy Network (MAP)
We are pleased to announce the launch of Madrid Philosophy Network (MAP).
The event will be held at Aula Ortega y Gasset of the Faculty of Philosophy of Complutense University of Madrid.
11:00 - 12:00 Presentation of Madrid Philosophy Network (MAP) — Fernando Broncano-Berrocal (Autonomous University of Madrid) & Javier Cumpa (Complutense University of Madrid)
12:00-12:30 Coffee break
12:30-13:45 Presentation of Activities and Research Groups
12:30 - 12:45 The Department of Logic, History and Philosophy of Science (LHFC) of UNED — Javier González de Prado
12:45 - 13:00 The Applied Epistemology Research Group (AEGEA) at the Autonomous University of Madrid — Jesús Vega & Fernando Broncano-Berrocal
13:00-13:15 CONSTISUJE at UC3M — Fernando Broncano & Antonio Gaitán
13:15-13:30 GEA: Research Group in Applied Ethics at CSIC, Institute of Philosophy — Fernando Aguiar
13:30-13:45 PHYSIS: Research Group in Analytic Metaphysics at Complutense University — Javier Cumpa & Paula Atencia
We will go for lunch after the meeting.
Madrid Philosophy Network
February 14-16, 2018
Conference: The Question of Ontology. The Contemporary Debate
What is the question of ontology and how should we answer it? The Neo-Quinean approach takes the question of ontology to simply be ‘What is there?’, and attempts to settle this question by determining what entities our best theories must quantify over in order to be true. Over the past half-century the Neo-Quinean paradigm has been the predominant approach to ontology. However, in recent years it has come under siege from a number of competitors. Neo-Aristotelian approaches take the question of ontology to be about what is fundamental, and attempt to answer settle it through a theory of categories and grounding relations. Neo-Sellarsian approaches take the question of ontology to be about the relationship between the manifest and the scientific images, and attempt to settle it by accounting for one image in terms of the other. Finally, Neo-Carnapian approaches deny that there is any non-trivial question of ontology at all.
The aim of this conference is to critically examine these paradigms and the main issues surrounding them. How and to what extent are these different paradigms truly at odds with one another? Is the question of ontology best answered in terms of quantifiers, categories, reductive analyses, trivial inferences, Reality operators, truthmakers, grounding, structure, fundamentality, or some combination thereof? Are ontological questions answerable? How do we determine what our ontologically commitments are? Is there a special technical language of the ‘ontology room’? How does ontology relate to science and common sense? How can we know when ontological claims are true?
Speakers: David Chalmers (New York University), Javier Cumpa (Complutense University of Madrid), Kit Fine (New York University), John Hawthorne (University of Southern California), Thomas Hofweber (University of North Carolina), Peter Van Inwagen (University of Norte Dame), Jonathan Schafer (Rutgers University), Amie Thomasson (Dartmouth College), Stephen Yablo (MIT).
February 7, 2019
Workshop on Methods of Philosophical Research and Academic Philosophy
The aim of this workshop is to provide BA, MA and PhD students with the necessary tools to develop a successful academic career in philosophy.
10:00 - 10:10 Introduction
10:10 - 11:30 From the first day of BA to professional researcher. Necessary abilities in academic philosophy
12:00 - 14:00 How to survive a PhD program
15:30 - 17:00 I'm a PhD in Philosophy, now what?
The event will take place at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the Autonomous University of Madrid (Sala de Vídeo 3 - Módulo X-bis) and will be held in Spanish.
November 13-16, 2018
IX Conference of the Spanish Society of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science
The Spanish Society of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science (SLMFCE) and the Facultad de Filosofía UNED organize the IX conference of the society to be held in Madrid from 13th to 16th November 2018.
The conference will host the third edition of the Lullius Lectures, which will be in charge of Prof. Nancy Cartwright (Professor of Philosophy at Durham University and Distinguished Professor at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
LHFC - UNED
February 5-6, 2019
Workshop on Intellectual Autonomy, Epistemic Authority, and Epistemic Paternalism
The ideal of intellectual autonomy plays an important role in shaping our views on how to conduct inquiry and become responsible knowers. In pursuing their cognitive endeavors, intellectually autonomous agents are supposed to exhibit features such as independence of thought, self-reliance, or self-governance. In the individualistic framework of traditional epistemology, these features have been seen as desiderata of ideal knowers, i.e., of agents who are able to acquire knowledge on their own, by relying on nothing else but their own cognitive capacities and resources. However, as more recent work in social epistemology has shown, most of our beliefs derive from relying on others and their testimony. More generally, our epistemic life is built upon a massive network of social dependencies, which give rise to relations of trust, deference to expert authority, and even paternalistic interferences. This workshop will be devoted to discussing the nature, limitations, consequences and prospects of the ideal of intellectual autonomy.Possible discussion topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
What is the nature of intellectual autonomy? Is it a mere ideal? Is it a virtue? Is intellectual autonomy valuable? What kind of value do we attach to intellectual autonomy? Does it have genuine epistemic value? Or is its value moral value? Does it simply have personal value?- Do we relinquish our intellectual autonomy when we strongly rely on the testimony of others to meet our epistemic needs? Does the same happen when one defers to epistemic authorities to regulate one's doxastic life?- What about paternalistic interventions? To what extent does one lose intellectual autonomy when others interfere in one's epistemic life without one's consent, e.g., with the aim of improving one's epistemic position? Do the eventual epistemic benefits outweigh the loss of intellectual autonomy?- Is the massive use of technology (e.g., Google, social networks, navigation apps, Wikipedia) beneficial, neutral or detrimental to intellectual autonomy, in particular, and to epistemic agency, more generally?
April 26-27, 2018
II Workshop PHYSIS-F(a)
Thursday, 26th of April
16.00-16.45 Paula Atencia y Javier Cumpa (Universidad Complutense de Madrid): “Contra la emergencia fuerte en física”
16.45-17.30 Daniel Pino (Universidad de Sevilla): “Razones, razón y aprendizaje grupal. Una aproximación desde la epistemología social”
18.00-18.45 Javier González de Prado (Universidade Nova de Lisboa): “El relativismo como una estrategia expresivista”
19.30-20.15 Julia Blanco (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid): “Identidad personal: los límites de la agencia”
Friday, 27th of April
9.45-10.30 Pablo Seoane (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela): “La obra musical antes y después del texto”
10.30-11.15 Ainhoa Fernandez (UPV-EHU): “Proposiciones, modos de presentación y necesidad a posteriori“
11.15-12.00 Manuel Heras (UPV-EHU) y Manuel de Pinedo (Universidad de Granada): “I am the first mammal to make plans, yeah: Affordances, evolution, and normativity”
12.30-13.15 Nils Kurbis (King’s College London): “An argument for minimal logic”
13.15-14.00 Robert Vinten (Universidade Nova de Lisboa): “What can Wittgenstein tell us about justice?”
16.15-17.00 Luís Miguel Simões (Universidade Nova de Lisboa): “Philosophy and non-philosophy in Hume’s ‘Introduction’ to the Treatise: Contributions to moral meta-epistemology”
17.15-19.15 Sesión temática The varieties of epistemic injustice: Manuel Almagro (Granada), Carla Carmona (Sevilla), María José Frápolli (Granada), Alba Moreno (Granada), Llanos Navarro (Granada), Jesús Navarro (Sevilla), Eduardo Pérez Navarro (Granada), Nuno Venturinha (Nova de Lisboa), Neftalí Villanueva (Granada)