Maria Filomena Molder

Maria Filomena Molder

Maria Filomena Molder is Full Professor of the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL). Member of the Conseil Scientifique du Collège International de Philosophie, Paris (2003-2006 ; 2006/2009). Member of the Groupe International de Recherches sur Nietzsche (GIRN). Visiting Professor EHESS, Paris, January and May 2011. Since 1978, she has been writing about aesthetical problems, in their quality as knowledge and language problems, for several philosophical and literary Revues as Filosofia e Epistemologia, Prelo, Análise, Revista Ler, Sub-Rosa, A Phala, Internationale Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Philosophica, Revista Belém, Dedalus, Rue Descartes, Chroniques de Philosophie. Since 1980, she has been participating in numerous Congresses and Meetings both in Portugal and abroad. Since 1984 she has been writing for catalogues and other publications on art in general and particular artists, both Portuguese and foreigner, among which Rui Chafes, Helena Almeida, Ana Vieira, Julião Sarmento, José Pedro Croft, Bernard Plossu, Juan Muñoz, Antony Gormley, Louise Bourgeois, Francisco Tropa, Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso.

PhD in 1992 on Goethe’s Morphological Thought.

My philosophical interests converge towards aesthetical issues. Chief authors: Dante, Kant, Goethe, Baudelaire, Nietzsche, Warburg,Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Rilke, Broch, Colli, Jorge de Sena. One way or the other, one finds in all of these authors the conviction that art and poetry are forms of knowledge of a generative kind, that is to say, they allow us to see, through its expression, the very conditions with which one apprehends reality, by granting us a presentation of it. In this measure, the knowledge of art and of poetry is also a form of self-knowledge. Ever since the beginning the goal of my researches has been the demonstration of the fertility allowed by aesthetical issues towards the understanding of that which philosophy may be.