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“Historical Dimension of Post-Truth”

“Historical Dimension of Post-Truth”

Media, Talks
The Cátedra Iberoamericana de Filosofía G.W. Leibniz and the Observatorio de la Verdad organize the session titled “Historical Dimension of the Post-Truth” on June 18, 2021 from 9 am to 2:45 pm. The session will be held online and is open to all university members who wish to participate. FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.leibniz.es    —  http://leibniz.es/observatorio_de_la_verdad.htm FUNDING: FIBICC (Ibero-American Foundation for Cultural and Creative Industries) – UGR (University of Granada) If you have any questions or doubts, please contact: anaramirez@ugr.es
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Summer School: “Leibniz’s Thinking. A First Immersion”

Summer School: “Leibniz’s Thinking. A First Immersion”

Activities, Conferences, workshops
The Red Iberoamericana Leibniz and the Panamerican University call for undergraduate and postgraduate students who are interested in learning about G. W. Leibniz’s philosophy to register in the Summer School called “Leibniz’s Thinking. A First Immersion”. The goal of the course is to offer an introduction to the thinking, life and work of G. W. Leibniz, thanks to the most renowned specialists of the author’s life in the Spanish speaking community. The course is being offered as part of the IV Ibero-American Congress on Leibniz: Reason, Truth and Dialogue (July 1-3, 2021, Mexico, online). The Summer School then acts as propaedeutic and as preparation for the highly specialized dialogue employed during the congress. Aimed at:  Undergraduate and postgraduate students who are looking for a solid and accurate introduction to G. W. Leibniz’s philosophy. Dates and times: Dates: June…
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“Challenges and Perspectives on Determining Criteria for Human Death”

“Challenges and Perspectives on Determining Criteria for Human Death”

Conferences, workshops
Alberto Molina, post-doctoral researcher at IESA (Institute for Advanced Social Studies) and member of Filolab, will present the seminar titled “Challenges and Perspectives on Determining Criteria for Human Death”, on Thursday June 3rd. In this online seminar, Alberto Molina will introduce the recent evolutions in the debate around the determination of human death and its social dimensions. He will also present some of his recent contributions to this debate, including two of his articles (one of them which has been peer-reviewed and approved but has yet to be published), as well as the general outlines for the Spanish Research, Development and Innovation project he offered to carry out at the IESA. In support to the current relevance of the issue, the author stated that “a few days ago a Declaration…
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“Workplace Harassment in Modern Academia: Endogamy, Organizational Ethics and Leadership”

“Workplace Harassment in Modern Academia: Endogamy, Organizational Ethics and Leadership”

Publications
Ester Massó Guijarro, researcher at FiloLab, presented a dissertation titled “Acoso laboral en la academia contemporánea: endogamia, ética organizacional y liderazgo” (Workplace Harassment in Modern Academia: Endogamy, Organizational Ethics and Leadership), in the frame of the online APPLIED ETHICS SEMINAR, organized by the ESPACyOS Network on May 13th and 14th, 2021. In total, the seminar lasted 8 and a half hours. The dissertation reflects upon the severity of workplace harassment and its prevalence in academia, one of the most dishonest ways that embodies structural violence in academia. This aspect has gained growing interest in the legal literature (for its detection and legislative treatment), in the psychological literature (for its analysis and assistance) and in the field of applied ethics (with autoethnography studies), more concretely in the approaches adopted in the…
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“Testing the Motivational Strength of Positive and Negative Duty Arguments Regarding Global Poverty”

“Testing the Motivational Strength of Positive and Negative Duty Arguments Regarding Global Poverty”

Publications
Luke Buckland, Matthew Lindauer, David Rodríguez-Arias (FiloLab) and Carissa Véliz have recently published an article titled Testing the Motivational Strength of Positive and Negative Duty Arguments Regarding Global Poverty in the journal Review of Philosophy and Psychology. Please find a summary of it below. At the end of the page, you will find a link to access the full article. The idea that people who are well-off have a duty to fight against inequality and poverty has been debated. Some moral philosophers, like Peter Singer and Thomas Pogge, have supports this idea with different types of arguments. However, have these arguments the capacity of convincing wealthy individuals that this is indeed a real duty? To what extent have these arguments the capacity of generating change in their behaviour? In defence of this idea…
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Discussion on ‘Los pocos y los mejores’

Discussion on ‘Los pocos y los mejores’

Conferences, Talks
On the 2 June, José Luis Moreno Pestaña, researcher and member of FiloLab, will take part in a discussion on his work ‘Los pocos y los mejores. Localización y crítica del fetichismo político’ (Akal, 2021) organised by the Permanent Seminar of Philosophy of the University Carlos III of Madrid (U3CM). José Luis Moreno Pestaña’s work, awarded with the ‘Premio Internacional de Pensamiento 2030’, addresses the problem of current democracy with a historical perspective, analysing the ‘political fetishism’ that permeates the most common conceptions of democratic institutions, election processes and forms of representation. Its aim is to criticise the normalisation of dynamics that accumulate political capital in the hands of a few, while proposing mechanisms to distribute that capital amongst the majority—mechanisms whose origins can be traced back to Classical Greece—.…
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“Vaccination certificates, immunity passports, and test-based travel licences: ethical, legal, and public health issues”

“Vaccination certificates, immunity passports, and test-based travel licences: ethical, legal, and public health issues”

COVID-19, Publications
Íñigo de Miguel Beriain (Ikerbasque, University of the Basque Country) and Jon Rueda (FiloLab, University of Granada) have recently published a Correspondence entitled ‘Vaccination certificates, immunity passports, and test-based travel licences: ethical, legal, and public health issues’ in the journal Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases (42:102079). The COVID-19 pandemic has had disruptive effects on international mobility. In this correspondence, the authors analyse the tools that have been proposed to make international mobility safe again from a legal, ethical and public health perspective. In particular, they address the uncertainty and risks that different ‘immunological passports’ (vaccination certificates, natural immunity or diagnostic tests) entail, as well as some of their (potentially unequal) social impacts on individual freedom.
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“Siempre nos quedará Bourdieu”

“Siempre nos quedará Bourdieu”

Publications
‘Siempre nos quedará Bourdieu’ (Círculo de Bellas Artes, 2021) has just been released. José Luis Moreno Pestaña, researcher and member of FiloLab, has participated with his text ‘La actualidad del Oficio del Sociólogo’. Below we share the synopsis of the book. SYNOPSIS Almost twenty years after his death –writes Luis Enrique Alonso in the preface of this book– the presence of Pierre Bourdieu not only remains in force as an intellectual figure, but is growing and becoming a universal classic of the social sciences. [...] The entire sociology of our time continues to dialogue, for or against Bourdieu, and his presence is so overwhelming that no sociologist can remain untouched by his vocabulary, his approaches and his knowledge strategies’. The texts gathered here –whose origins trace back to a conference…
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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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