Research: General vision

The department's research areas are the following:

1. Cognitive Science

  • Knowledge representation: classical models, semantic nets, and connectionist models. Social Cognition. Knowledge Distribution
  • Beliefs, intentions, and actions: Philosophy of Action
  • Biological foundations of cognitive science. Origins of cognition: adaptive and cognitive minimal systems
  • Artificial life

2. Logic, Language and Argumentation

  • Logic applied to natural language and to artificial intelligence
  • Argumentation Theory. Argumentation in natural language. Informal logic. Pragma-Dialectics. Arguments and analytic philosophy
  • Philosophy of Logic: paradoxes, identity, existence, truth, modalities
  • Grammar, semantics, pragmatics, rhetoric and philosophy of language
  • The new Theory of Reference, two-dimensionalism, and descriptivism

3. Philosophy of Science

  • Representational analysis of science
  • History of scientific and mathematical theories
  • Formal ontology
  • Logical Empiricism, Pragmatism, Neokantianism
  • Philosophy of Physics (supertasks, determinism/indeterminism,...)

4. Science and Technology Studies

  • Risk and uncertitude in knowledge
  • Technological change and innovation
  • Conflict and Attitudes towards science, technology and innovation

5. Philosophy of Biology

  • Information and autonomy: organization, development and evolution
  • Complexity: organicism, systems biology and complex systems theories
  • Social perception of biology: public understanding of science and bioethics