“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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«In defence of posthuman vulnerability»

«In defence of posthuman vulnerability»

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Belen Liedo Fernández (CSIC, UCM) and Jon Rueda Etxebarria (FiloLab, UGR) have recently published an article entitled “In Defence of Post human Vulnerability” in Scientia et Fides 9 (1)/2021 (P. 215 – 239, http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/SetF.2021.008) magazine. Here is the abstract of the research article: “Transhumanism is a challenging movement that invites us to rethink what defines humanity, including what we value and regret the most about our existence. Vulnerability is a key concept that require thorough philosophical scrutiny concerning transhumanist proposals. Vulnerability can refer to a universal condition of human life (ontological vulnerability) or, rather, to the specific exposure to certain harms due to particular situations (social vulnerability). Even if we are all vulnerable in the first sense, there are also different sources and levels of vulnerability depending on concrete social circumstances.…
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«Doctor, Please Make Me Freer: Capabilities Enhancement as a Goal of Medicine. Medicine, Health Care & Philosophy»

«Doctor, Please Make Me Freer: Capabilities Enhancement as a Goal of Medicine. Medicine, Health Care & Philosophy»

News, Publications
Jon Rueda (FiloLab, UGR), Pablo Garía Barranquero (UMA) and Francisco Lara (FiloLab, UGR) have recently published an article entitled Doctor Please, Make Me Freer: Capabilities Enhancement as a Goal of Medicine (https://doi.org/10.1007/s11019-021-10016-5, 2021) in Medicine, Healthcare & Philosophy magazine. In their article, they address the debate on human enhancement and medicine’s goals. Here is the abstract of the research article: “Biomedical innovations are making possible the enhancement of human capabilities. There are two philosophical stances on the role that medicine should play in this respect. On the one hand, naturalism rejects every medical intervention that goes beyond preventing and treating disease. On the other hand, welfarism advocates enhancements that foster subjective well-being. We will show that both positions have considerable shortcomings. Consequently, we will introduce a third characterization in which therapies…
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Debates on democracy. Discussion on “Los pocos y los mejores”, by J. L. Moreno Pestaña

Debates on democracy. Discussion on “Los pocos y los mejores”, by J. L. Moreno Pestaña

Publications
Emmanuel Rodríguez López reviewed José Luis Moreno Pestaña’s newly published book “Los pocos y los mejores” for Sin permiso magazine. The book, edited by Akal, has earned him the Premio Internacional de Pensamiento 2030 award. This the third edition of debates on democracy, on the deep meaning of politics, on forms of organisation of political parties as well as the social tensions deriving from collective emancipation. Democratic degeneration. Poison and antidote Emmanuel Rodríguez López “Moreno Pestaña has just published a new book, a short but dense and smart essay whose title is “Los pocos y los mejores”. His work is relevant in the exchange of today’s politics conditions (this book is the third issue after the publication of «Estado, derecho y comunidad, política» [https://www.sinpermiso.info/textos/estado-derecho-comunidad-politica] and «Política y democracia» [https://www.sinpermiso.info/textos/politica-y-democracia]). It’s been…
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“When they call you, go and get vaccinated”

“When they call you, go and get vaccinated”

Media, News, Publications
Javier Rodríguez Alcázar reflects on the current COVID-19 vaccination process. It is a necessary reflection in these times of media sensationalism and misinformation about vaccines. “Because of my job and age, it is very likely that I will get vaccinated with AstraZeneca. And when they call me, I will go, get vaccinated, and go on with my life. And I will do it for my own sake and for the sake of those around me. Some people fear this vaccine because 30 cases of thromboembolic events out of 5 million vaccinated people have been reported. However, a causal relationship has not been established. Without taking vaccines into account, blood clots normally occur with an incidence of four per one million adults. Therefore, there are probably other causes for those cases.…
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“Information and transparency are essential for the debate on euthanasia”

“Information and transparency are essential for the debate on euthanasia”

News, Publications
Rosana Triviño, David Rodríguez Arias (FiloLab), Jon Rueda (FiloLab) and Miguel Melguizo (ESPACyOS network) collaborated with The Conversation addressing the current debate on the Spanish Euthanasia Law. A fundamental discussion on rights, transparency and public data access which clearly has ethical consequences in the field of medicine. “In a context of political tension, ideological polarisation and pandemic, the Spanish Organic Law on the Regulation of Euthanasia has once again put the spotlight on medically assisted death. The main new element is the legalisation of euthanasia (the administration of a lethal substance by a healthcare professional to a person who has requested medically assisted death) and medically assisted suicide (providing a person who wishes to die with a lethal substance that can be self-administered). In order to use this service, the…
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Publication of “Ir a clase con Foucault”

Publication of “Ir a clase con Foucault”

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“Ir a clase con Foucault”, by José Luis Moreno Pestaña (Coordinator) He rushes into the amphitheatre and gets to his chair. He puts the recorders aside to make room for his documents on the table. He takes off his jacket, lights up the lamp and sits down. He turns his gaze up as his glasses reflect the brightness of the light and he starts speaking. The sound of his strong, effective and enlightening voice can be heard through the speakers by the more than 500 people crammed in the room. Thus begins another of his lectures in the Collège of France. This book, written by José Luis Moreno Pestaña together with prestigious researchers and internationally renowned experts in Michael Foucault’s thinking, is not just a trip to the lectures that one…
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Rodríguez-Alcázar, Bermejo-Luque & Molina Pérez: “Do Automated Vehicles Face Moral Dilemmas? A Plea for a Political Approach”

Rodríguez-Alcázar, Bermejo-Luque & Molina Pérez: “Do Automated Vehicles Face Moral Dilemmas? A Plea for a Political Approach”

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How should automated vehicles (AVs) react in emergency circumstances? Most research projects and scientific literature deal with this question from a moral perspective. In particular, it is customary to treat emergencies involving AVs as instances of moral dilemmas and to use the trolley problem as a framework to address such alleged dilemmas. Some critics have pointed out some shortcomings of this strategy and have urged to focus on mundane traffic situations instead of trolley cases involving AVs. Besides, these authors rightly point out the political nature of the most interesting debates involving AVs. However, in our view, they do not offer an adequate account of the distinction between ethics and politics and still see their proposals as contributions to the ethics of AVs. We argue that many of the interesting…
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Call for Papers: “Argumentation and Speech Acts”

Call for Papers: “Argumentation and Speech Acts”

Calls, Publications
ARGUMENTATION AND SPEECH ACTS Monographic issue in Informal Logic: call for papers. RESEARCH GROUP ActArg SCIENTIFIC UNIT OF EXCELLENCE FiloLab-ugr Department of Philosophy I, University of Granada, Spain. Topic: Argumentation theorists find it natural to speak of acts of arguing and speech-acts of arguing. An account of argumentation as a speech-act is meant to be of help, if not fundamental, for the analysis and appraisal of argumentative discourse and dialogue, which is argumentation theory’s main goal. Besides, as van Eemeren and Grootendorst (1984) pointed out, characterizing argumentation as a speech-act allows us to make sense of it as conducive to certain perlocutionary effects, such as persuading an addressee or audience or resolving a difference of opinion. However, the fact that argumentation is a type of illocution is far from mainstream…
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Heras Escribano: Publication of a target article with comments in Constructivist Foundations

Heras Escribano: Publication of a target article with comments in Constructivist Foundations

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A précis of Manuel Heras Escribano's book The Philosophy of Affordances (2019, Palgrave Macmillan) has been published as target article in the journal Constructivist Foundations. This article contains comments from the following authors: Vicente Raja (Western University, Canada) and Tony Chemero (University of Cincinnati, USA), Louise Barrett (University of Lethbridge, Canada), Julian Kiverstein (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands), Melina Gastelum (Universidad Nacional Autónoma of Mexico), Roy Dings (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany), Laura Mojica (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Cuajimalpa Campus, Mexico) and Jerome Proulx (Université du Québec, Canada). The comments have been responded by the author in an article entitled “Affordances as a basis for a post-cognitivist approach to the mind” published in the same volume. Link to the publication here.
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Massó (ed.): “Ética y salud en tiempos de pandemia: reflexiones sobre cuidados y justicia social”. Promoted by the group ESPACyOS (“Ética Salubrista para la Acción, el Cuidado y la Observación Social”)

Massó (ed.): “Ética y salud en tiempos de pandemia: reflexiones sobre cuidados y justicia social”. Promoted by the group ESPACyOS (“Ética Salubrista para la Acción, el Cuidado y la Observación Social”)

COVID-19, Publications
Ester Massó Guijarro, research associate at FiloLab, is the editor of the special issue “Ética y salud en tiempos de pandemia: reflexiones sobre cuidados y justicia social” in the journal Enrahonar (International Journal of Theoretical and Practical Reason) (forthcoming, Dec. 2020). (more…)
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Nicolás & de Castilho (eds.): Leibniz. Razón, principios y unidad. Razão, principios e unidade.

Nicolás & de Castilho (eds.): Leibniz. Razón, principios y unidad. Razão, principios e unidade.

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Juan A. Nicolás, a guarantor researcher of FiloLab, has co-edited the volume Leibniz. Razón, principios y unidad. Razao, principios e unidade (Ed. Comares, Granada, 2020) with Vivianne de Castilho, which compiles contributions from authors from 27 universities in 11 countries and includes texts in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English. (more…)
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Nicolás, Wahnón & Romero (eds.): Crítica y Hermenéutica. Perspectivas filosóficas, literarias y sociales

Nicolás, Wahnón & Romero (eds.): Crítica y Hermenéutica. Perspectivas filosóficas, literarias y sociales

Publications
Juan A. Nicolás, a guarantor researcher at FiloLab, has co-edited the volume Crítica y Hermenéutica. Perspectivas filosóficas, literarias y sociales (Ed. Comares, Granada, 2020) with Sultana Wahnón and Jose Manuel Romero, which compiles contributions from authors from 13 universities in six countries. The volume approaches the potentialities of critical hermeneutics in current research from three perspectives: hermeneutic philosophy, literary criticism and social philosophy. Link to the publication here.
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