2nd International Conference on Fatphobia and Aesthtic Violence against Women: José Luis Moreno Pestaña’s Intervention

2nd International Conference on Fatphobia and Aesthtic Violence against Women: José Luis Moreno Pestaña’s Intervention

Conferences
On the 5 May, José Luis Moreno Pestaña, researcher at FiloLab, gave the conference ‘ Discriminación corporal en el trabajo’ (‘Body discrimination in the workplace’) as part of the  2nd International Conference on Fatphobia and Aesthetic Violence against Women, organised by the Canary Islands Government and the Equality Institute of the Canary Islands. Health professionals discussed the physical and mental dangers of dieting, addressing how to take care of our body and health without harming it. Fatphobia was also introduced  with a focus on its intersection with employment and racism. José Luis Moreno Pestaña’s  speech focused on the Guía sobre Discriminación Corporal en el Trabajo (Guidelines on Body Discrimination in the Workplace), written by José Luis Moreno Pestaña (FiloLab, University of Granada) in collaboration with Clara Castarnedo Calvo (Employment Secretary…
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KICK OFF – TTV GUIDE (TORQUE TENO VIRUS BASED IMMUNE MONITORING)

KICK OFF – TTV GUIDE (TORQUE TENO VIRUS BASED IMMUNE MONITORING)

Activities
David Rodríguez-Arias, researcher at FiloLab, is taking part in the TTV GUIDE project (Torque Teno Virus Immune Monitoring), an initiative aimed at creating an innovative tool to quantify the immune system activity in kidney transplant recipients: the Torque Teno Virus (TTV). The research group consists of a consortium of kidney transplant practitioners, clinical virologists, clinical trial and project managers, ethicists and health industry professionals financed by the European Union. This project aims to improve kidney transplant effectiveness, individually adjusting medication that transplanted individuals receive to avoid two severe problems: infection (caused by over-immunosuppression) and transplant rejection (caused by a lack of immunosuppressive medication). It is a five-year-long project which has been funded by Horizon 2020. It is estimated that it has the potential to reduce the risk of transplant rejection…
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Enhancing Virtue without Becoming Ned Flanders?

Enhancing Virtue without Becoming Ned Flanders?

Publications
Jon Rueda, researcher at FiloLab, has recently published an Open Peer Commentary entitled ‘Enhancing Virtue without Becoming Ned Flanders?’, in the journal AJOB Neuroscience. This comment criticises the target article “Virtue Theory for Moral Enhancement” by Joao Fabiano. According to the author, focusing moral enhancement on moral traits such as altruism can lead to long-term problematic consequences. In particular, individuals whose altruistic capacities have been enhanced could be more easily exploited by non-cooperative individuals. To overcome this problem, Fabiano stated that a balanced moral enhancement would be necessary to enable individuals to have the capabilities to carry out punitive behaviours that penalise free-riders’ behaviour. However, Jon Rueda argues that seeing morally enhanced people as easy to deceive is problematic and that free-riders’ behaviour should be limited by institutional design rather…
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“Colloque Jean-Claude Passeron en Perspective: José Luis Moreno Pestaña’s intervention”

“Colloque Jean-Claude Passeron en Perspective: José Luis Moreno Pestaña’s intervention”

Talks
José Luis Moreno Pestaña, researcher at FiloLab, spoke at the Colloque Jean Claude Passeron en Perspective, organised by the Collège International de Philosophie (CIPh) of Paris on 12 and 13 February 2021.  ‘Jean-Claude Passeron’s work seems to have been received ambivalently: he is admired for his work in sociology of education, associated with Bourdieu, but less known for his later studies on art or popular culture; known as a defender of the epistemological specificity of social sciences, but little read and discussed on this conceptual ground, particularly by philosophers; and finally well-known in France and the Latin world, but not necessarily well identified in the English-speaking world. Is this division the classic fate of a long work? The aim of this conference is precisely to reopen this work within its…
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«Vulnerabilidad humana, pandemia y Antropoceno: una mirada interseccional»

«Vulnerabilidad humana, pandemia y Antropoceno: una mirada interseccional»

COVID-19, Conferences
Ester Massó Guijarro, researcher at Filolab, gave the opening speech ‘Vulnerabilidad humana, pandemia y Antropoceno: una mirada interseccional’ (Human vulnerability, pandemic and Anthropocene: an intersectional perspective), as part of the “COVID y Antropología” (COVID and Anthropology) blended conference that took place on 6 May 2021 at the Complutense University of Madrid. In her speech, Ester Massó addressed some holistic ethical and political reflections following Coronavirus, a broad and complex topic, from an intersectional perspective of the comprehension of human vulnerability as an existential human issue. She addressed several topics: from the ‘decolonisation2 of COVID-19 to the debates on the eco-sociological implications of quarantine (especially on the most vulnerable groups: minors, pregnant women, low-income people...) or the diversity of socio-political models of pandemic management, which are opposed to each other in…
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The political foundations of knowledge (II) Lukács revisited

The political foundations of knowledge (II) Lukács revisited

Publications
José Luis Moreno Pestaña (FiloLab) continues the discussion on Fernando Broncano's work ‘Conocimiento expropiado. Espistemología política en una democracia radical” (“Expropriated knowledge. Political epistemology in a radical democracy”) and highlights its importance to understand how our points of view shape our own analyses of reality. I addresses how knowledge in dependent on political relations. The text was originally published in El Rumor de las Multitudes, a blog on Political Philosophy belonging to the Spanish newspaper “El Salto Diario”. Following on from the dialogue I have established with Fernando Broncano and his latest work, ‘Conocimiento expropiado. Espistemología política en una democracia radical’, I now address an issue of interest to both philosophy and political practice. Fernando Broncano embraces a tradition that allows us to link epistemology with social experience, which leads…
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THE POLITICAL FOUNDATIONS OF KNOWLEDGE (I) ABOUT DISCIPLINES AND TRADITIONS

THE POLITICAL FOUNDATIONS OF KNOWLEDGE (I) ABOUT DISCIPLINES AND TRADITIONS

Publications
José Luis Moreno Pestaña (FiloLab) discusses Fernando Broncano's work “Conocimiento expropiado. Espistemología política en una democracia radical” (“Expropriated knowledge. Political epistemology in a radical democracy”) and highlights its importance to understand how our points of view shape our own analyses of reality. I addresses how knowledge in dependent on political relations. The text was originally published in El Rumor de las Multitudes, a blog on Political Philosophy belonging to the Spanish newspaper “El Salto Diario”. Fernando Broncano’s latest work, Conocimiento expropiado. Epistemología política en una democracia radical (Akal, 2020), was created within a work program that goes beyond the frontiers of the field of philosophy. It is a book of encyclopaedic scope, whose discussion will require different approaches and competences. Here, I will focus on two main aspects. Firstly, I…
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“ABSOLUTELY RIGHT AND RELATIVELY GOOD: Consequentialists See Bioethical Disagreement in a Relativist Light”

“ABSOLUTELY RIGHT AND RELATIVELY GOOD: Consequentialists See Bioethical Disagreement in a Relativist Light”

Publications
Hugo Viciana, David Rodríguez-Arias (FiloLab) and Ivar Hannikainen (FiloLab) have recently published the article Absolutely Right and Relatively Good: in the magazine AJOB Empirical Bioethics.CONSEQUENTIALISTS SEE BIOETHICAL DISAGREEMENT IN A RELATIVIST LIGHT(DOI: 10.1080/ 23294515.2021. 23294515.2021). Here is the abstract, which addresses disagreements in bioethics: The full article and study materials can be accessed below: “Bioethical disagreements are very common. We see this daily in debates on euthanasia, abortion, surrogacy or vaccine reluctance, where seemingly reasonable people -who may even enjoy a certain reputation and credibility- disagree with each other. How can we understand those disagreements? When chemistry experts disagree on the composition of a substance, or when two mathematicians obtain different results for an equation, we generally assume that at least one of them must be wrong. Do we feel…
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“Addressing organ shortage: An automatic organ procurement as a proposal”

“Addressing organ shortage: An automatic organ procurement as a proposal”

Publications
Marina Morla-González, Clara Moya-Guillem, David Rodríguez-Arias (FiloLab), Íñigo de Miguel Beriain, Alberto Molina-Pérez, Iván Ortega-Deballon have recently published an article entitled “Addressing organ shortage: An automatic organ procurement as a proposal” In the Clinical Ethics, 0(0), pp. 1-13 journal. 2021. (DOI: 10.1177/14777509211011429). Here is the abstract: Organ shortage constitutes an unsolved problem for every country that offers transplantation as a therapeutic option. Besides the largely implemented donation model and the eventually implemented market model, an automatic organ procurement model has been largely studied: the automatic organ procurement for transplantation purposes model (also known as confiscatory model). This model has raised a rich debate in the legal, medical and bioethical community, since it could show a higher potential to solve organ shortage. In this paper, we study the main arguments for…
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2021 APPLIED ETHICS SEMINAR

2021 APPLIED ETHICS SEMINAR

Activities, workshops
On 13th (afternoon) and 14th (morning) May, the ESPACyOS Network organises the ‘Seminario de Éticas Aplicadas’ (Applied Ethics Seminar).The Organising and Scientific Committee is made up of some FiloLab members: David Rodríguez-Arias (Deputy-Director at FiloLab) and Jon Rueda (Researcher in Training at FiloLab) are part of the Organising Committee while  Ester Massó Guijarro (Associate Researcher at FiloLab) and Ivar Hannikainen (Associate Researcher at FiloLab) are part of the Scientific Committee. This seminar will be held online and it will be an opportunity to share ongoing work in the field of applied ethics. It will be structured in short presentations (between 10 and 15 minutes long) followed by a discussion. We highly encourage you to share this invitation with members of your department who might be interested or who are currently working in the…
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Neftalí Villanueva and Manuel Almagro’s new article: “Cómo no hablar de Ayuso”

Neftalí Villanueva and Manuel Almagro’s new article: “Cómo no hablar de Ayuso”

Publications
‘Cómo no hablar de Ayuso’ (How could we not speak about Ayuso?) is Neftalí Villanueva and Manuel Almagro’s new article for ‘CONTEXTO’. Our colleagues reflect on testimonial injustice, asymmetrical polarisation and disagreements. These are key elements that need to be explained so as to deal with controversies in an increasingly identity-focused public sphere. ‘Cómo no hablar de Ayuso’ ‘Communism or freedom’, Ayuso’s recent statements, cannot be countered with a flood of figures or mockery. Those who want to undermine the chances of the Spanish Popular Party’s candidate should find a way to reconstruct public debate. In 2017, Boris Johnson, who was Foreign Minister, visited the Schwedagon pagoda, one of the most sacred Buddhist centres in Myanmar, which was a source of dispute during the colonial period. He had just rung…
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Bayfal diaspora in Spain: Discussing Murid Senegalese Migration

Bayfal diaspora in Spain: Discussing Murid Senegalese Migration

Activities, Conferences
Ester Massó Guijarro, researcher at FiloLab, gave the conference entitled ‘Bayfal diaspora in Spain: Challenging Murid Senegalese Migration’ as part of the ‘Mystique et ésotérisme dans la diaspora’ round table in the framework of the ‘Journées d’études internationales sur les mystiques islamiques en Afrique’. This event was organised by the GRECS group of the University of Barcelona on 21st and 22nd April 2021. This work reflects on the bayfal movement (bayfalism) within muridism from a transnational perspective, seen as a specifically migratory affiliation with contemporaneity and within the field of African studies. It compares original bayfalism as a Sufi heterodoxy in Senegal within the Mouride brotherhood with the case study of migratory diaspora in Madrid (Spain) as well as with Granada (Andalusia, Spain) in a complementary and secondary way. It…
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Conversation between Carlos Fernández Liria and Mario Espinoza Pino on the book ‘Marx, 2857: el problema del método y la dialéctica’

Conversation between Carlos Fernández Liria and Mario Espinoza Pino on the book ‘Marx, 2857: el problema del método y la dialéctica’

Activities, workshops
From 4th February to 21st April 2021, two sessions of presentation, conversation, and debate on Carlos Fernández Liria’s work ‘Marx, 2857: el problema del método y la dialéctica’ took place. This event was organised by José Luis Moreno Pestaña and Mario Espinoza Pino, members of FiloLab and the Seminario de Filosofía Social ‘Capital (es), Cuerpos’. During the debate, they dealt with the methodological problems of Karl Marx’s work, which is paramount in the development of what Perry Anderson, Martin Jay, Russel Jacoby and Davic Mc Lellan, among others, called ‘Western Marxism’. Fernández Liria’s work, which focuses on rereading the 1857 Einleitung, radically criticises the Hegelian concept of dialectic, separating Marx from Hegel and approaching him towards the development of the history of sciences —with regards to Marxist authors such as…
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“How much lack of participation can democracy stand?”

“How much lack of participation can democracy stand?”

Publications
José Luis Moreno Pestaña has recently published an article entitled ‘How much lack of participation can democracy stand?’ in a political philosophy blog called ‘El Rumor de las Multitudes’, which is one of the main spaces for reflection of the Spanish newspaper ‘El Salto’. In his article, he deals with some of the major challenges of our democracies, in line with the main topic of J.L. Moreno Pestaña’s latest work, ‘Los pocos y los mejores’ (Akal, 2021) —which has earned him the award ‘Premio Internacional de Pensamiento 2030’ —. How much lack of participation can democracy stand? We present a study on how the election procedure shapes democracy and why sortition is necessary. To do so, the requirements for political participation in terms of knowledge are carefully considered. Faced with…
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Publication of the article: “Childhood and Pandemic: Chronicle of an Absence Foretold”

Publication of the article: “Childhood and Pandemic: Chronicle of an Absence Foretold”

COVID-19, News, Publications
Ester Massó Guijarro, researcher at FiloLab, has published the article “Childhood and Pandemic: Chronicle of an Absence Foretold” in Salud Colectiva (vol. 17, 2021), the magazine of the National University of Lanús (Argentina). It is an open access magazine indexed in the Web of Science, PubMed and Scopus amongst others. Here is the abstract of the article: “The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that childhood is the global south of the virus: a world where care is not a freely chosen value and where children’s voices are being silenced in virtue of a long-held epistemic injustice. Thus, the transformation that societies are going through due to the COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on children’s rights on both a small and a large scale. In Spain, a country particularly affected…
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