Dina Mendonça


Post-Doctoral Research

ORCID # 0000-0001-6757-2327


Email: mendonca.emotion@gmail.com

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Dina Mendonça









Bio Note

Dina Mendonça (Ph.D. University of South Carolina, USA, 2003) researches on Philosophy of Emotions and Philosophy for Children at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Her current research is focused on the application the Situated Approach to Emotions, which takes emotions as dynamic and active situational occurrences (Mendonça 2012) to Ethics and Decision Making. This research of Deweyan inspiration aims at elaborating a critical interpretation of the philosophy of emotions clarifying different methodological and philosophical approaches to emotions, as well as identifying the key issues and problems for emotion (for example, paradox of Fiction, shared emotions, etc.) and further complexities of our emotional world (for example, variability of valence of emotion, meta-emotional processes, etc.) (Mendonça 2013, 2014). She is the author of several papers on emotion theory and, in addition, promotes and creates original material for application of philosophy to all schooling stages, and as an aid in the creative processes.  Being the author of the book “Brincar a Pensar? Manual de Filosofia para Crianças” (Toying with thinking? Manual of Philosophy for Children), which is the outcome of three years work with Kindergarden teacher Maria João Lourenço, she has worked with many different educational settings such as doing sessions in Escola Voz do Operário (2005-2012), Escola Criativa with Serviço Cultural e Educativo of Câmara de Cascais (2006-2014); Project 10x10 in Gulbenkian (2012-2014).


Academic Expertise and Research interests

Philosophy of Emotions, Philosophy of Mind, Pragmatism, Philosophy of Education, Philosophy for Children


Publications (selected list)


  • Brincar a Pensar – Manual de Filosofia para Crianças para o Pré-escolar.(Playing with Thinking, A Manual for Philosophy for Children) Lisboa: Plátano, 2011.


Journal Articles

  • "Situating Moods" (DOI: 10.1007/s11406-017-9844-x) Philosophia (submitted June 2016, accepted March 2017) 
  • Representation Redux: Is there still a useful role for representation to play in the context of embodied, dynamicist and situated theories of mind? (with Robert Clowes) New Ideas in Psychology, Available online 1 May 2015, Volume 40, Part A, January 2016, pp. 26-47
  • "Emotions about Emotions” Emotion Review vol.5, No.4 (October 2013) 1-7
  •  “Acrasia, Empatia e autoconhecimento” (Acrasy, Empathy and self knowledge) Actas do 5º Simpósio do Serviço de Psiquaitria do Hospital Prof. Doutor Fernando Fonseca, EPE, “Afectos, Emoções e Cognições”, Logos, Revista do Serviço de Psiquiatria do Hospital Prof. Doutor Fernando Fonseca, EPE, Junho 2013, Vol. 11 – nº1, pp. 26-36.
  • “Existential Feelings – How Cinema Makes Us Feel Alive” Cinema - Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image http://cjpmi.ifl.pt/3-contents
  • “The Experimental Solution for the paradox of Fiction and the Paradox of Tragedy” Proceedings of the European Society for Aesthetics (Vol.4, 2012, pp. 331-348)
  • Pattern of Sentiment-following a Deweyan suggestion” Transactions of Charles Peirce Society, Vol 48, NO. 2 Spring 2012, pp. 209-227)
  • “Let’s talk about emotions” Thinking – The Journal of Philosophy for Children, Volume 19, Number 2 & 3, pp. 57-63, 2008.


Book chapters

  • “What can Schizophrenia teaches us about emotions?” in Schizophrenia and Common Sense (eds. Jorge Gonçalves, Inês Hipólito, João G. Pereira, (Springer, 2018)
  • "The Plural Role of Emotions in Ethics” (with J. Sàágua) in IFILNOVA Yearbook (Bern: Peter Lang, 2017, pp. 53-70)
  • “Pergunta como força criativa” (Ed. Maria de Assis, Elisabete Xavier Gomes, Judith Silva Pereira, Ana Luisa Oliveira Pires) 10x10. Ensaios entre Arte e Educação. Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian 2017, pp. 38-39.
  • "Chapter 15: Thinking as a community: Reasonableness and Emotions" (with Magda Costa Carvalho) In The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children (eds. Maughn Gregory, Joanna Haynes and Karin Murris) (Routledge 2016, pp.127-134)
  • "Emotions and Akratic Feelings - Insights into Morality through Emotions" in Morality and Emotion: (Un)conscious Journey to Being (ed. Sara Silva) (Routledge 2016, pp. 49-60)
  • "Seduction and Surprise - sharing invisible emotions for commitment" in Seduction in Popular Culture, Psychologly, and Philosophy  (Constantino Pereira Martins and Manuel José Damásio, eds.) (IGIGlobal, 2016, pp. 188-205)
  • “The Headscarf Debate: Surprise and Meta-Emotions in Argumentation” Philosophy of Science in the 21th Century-Challenges and Tasks. (ed. Olga Pombo and Gil Santos) Colecção Documenta, CFCUL, 2016, pp. 113-138
  • “Feelings and the Self” in Philosophical Perspectives on Self  (editors Fonseca, João & Gonçalves, Jorge) série “Lisbon Philosophical Studies (2015) Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers, pp. 101-118
  • “Timing: Apuramento da experiência do tempo através das distorções temporais das emoções e do Cinema”, (Timing: refinement of experience through time and time distortions in emotions and Cinema) Livro Projecto Filme e Filosofia, (ed. João Mário Grilo e Irene Aparicio), Lisboa: Edições Colibri, (2013) pp. 105-116.
  • “Absolutely Positively Feeling that Way and More – Paradox of Fiction and Alexander’s Stories” in Philosophy and Children's Literature (editor Peter Costello) Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2012, pp. 41-62.
  • “The Role of Details. How Emotions appear in Analogies and Analogies Maintain Feelings” in Expressões de Analogia – Actas do Congresso, Lisboa: Edições Colibri, 2011, pp. 279-286.
  • “Normas Emocionais” (Emotional Norms) Mente, Linguagem e Acção – Textos para Discussão, Lisboa: Campo de Letras – Editores, S.A, pp.73-82, 2009


Project submission short description

Philosophy for Children and the Dawn of Moral Intuition: Values and Reasons in Rationality and Reasonability

The project develops research in the field of Ethics in Philosophy for Children showing how the philosophical field greatly contributes to ethical development of citizens because the methodology enables growth in argumentative skills by promoting critical thinking embedded in an ethical dimension as well as establishing a solid interconnectedness between Philosophy for Children and Argumentative Theory.


All Events

Seminário “Figuras da Subjectividade na Filosofia e na Literatura” | 9ª Sessão: Ana Falcato

CultureLab | Questões de Subjectividade: Filosofia e Literatura

June 06, 2018

Seminário Nietzsche | Anthony Jensen

CultureLab | Lisbon Nietzsche Group

May 23, 2018

Seminário “Figuras da Subjectividade na Filosofia e na Literatura” | 8ª Sessão: Antonio Moretti

CultureLab | Questões de Subjectividade: Filosofia e Literatura

May 16, 2018

EPLAB Masterclass Series

Santoni de Sio

May 04, 2018

Virtualism and the Mind: Rethinking Presence, Representation and the Self

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning Workshop "Virtualism and the Mind"

April 23, 2018

The Derivative Machine: Life Cut, Bundled and Sold

held by Jonathan Beller (Pratt Institute) | CineLAB Seminar

April 19, 2018

João Leite, 16 April 2018, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "An Online Social Debating System"

April 16, 2018

Seminário “Figuras da Subjectividade na Filosofia e na Literatura” | 7ª Sessão: Pietro Gori

CultureLab | Questões de Subjectividade: Filosofia e Literatura

April 11, 2018

CultureLab | General Seminar

Seminário mensal do culturelab, Humberto Brito

April 03, 2018

Seminário “Figuras da Subjectividade na Filosofia e na Literatura” | 6ª Sessão: António Cardiello

CultureLab | Questões de Subjectividade: Filosofia e Literatura

March 21, 2018

Seminário Nietzsche | Ernani Chaves

CultureLab | Lisbon Nietzsche Group

March 12, 2018

Seminário Nietzsche | Roberto Barros

CultureLab | Lisbon Nietzsche Group

February 28, 2018

Paul Smart, 28 Feb, 2018, 17h to 18h

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning RIP Seminar |"Dream Machines: Predictive Processing,…

February 28, 2018

Paula Olmos, 19 February 2018, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Narratives in Scientific Justificatory Practice"

February 19, 2018

Seminário “Figuras da Subjectividade na Filosofia e na Literatura” | 5ª Sessão: Claudio Rozzoni

CultureLab | Questões de Subjectividade: Filosofia e Literatura

February 14, 2018

Seminário “Figuras da Subjectividade na Filosofia e na Literatura” | 4ª Sessão: Ana Kiffer

CultureLab | Questões de Subjectividade: Filosofia e Literatura

January 31, 2018

Discussing Davidson Colloquium

Discussing Davidson Colloquium, 26 JAN 2017, 10:30 - 18:00

January 26, 2018

Ciclo temático "Leituras críticas sobre a experiência da cidade" | Sessão IV: Susana Viegas

CultureLab | Arte, Crítica e Experiência Estética

January 25, 2018

Seminário Nietzsche | André Muniz Garcia

CultureLab | Lisbon Nietzsche Group

January 10, 2018

Cinema 10: Call for Papers


December 14, 2017

Cinema 10: Call for Papers


December 14, 2017

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

"The Force of Law", F. Schauer

December 13, 2017

Andri Christodoulou, 11 Dec 2017, 16h30

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Using argumentation as a tool for…

December 11, 2017

Dina Mendonça, Fr 27 Nov 17 Sala 606 TB, 16h

Dina Mendonça on the Role of Reflexivity and Meta-Emotions in…

November 24, 2017

I Biennale Nietzscheana - "Nietzsche e as artes / Nietzsche and the Arts"

First meeting of the Research Group "HyperNietzsche" - Public Conference

November 15, 2017

Seminário livre: “Figuras da Subjectividade na Filosofia e na Literatura”

CultureLab | Questions of Subjectivity: Philosophy & Literature

October 18, 2017

Nietzsche & Wittgenstein - On Values / Sobre os valores

International Workshop

March 10, 2017