Nuno Fonseca

Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of Language (IFL), Nuno Fonseca has also been recently lecturing Rhetoric and Argumentation, aswell as Aesthetics (Art & Experience), at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He has completed, with a Doctoral Grant from The Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), his PhD (2012) in Philosophy (Epistemology and Philosophy of Knowledge) at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, with a thesis on the reflexivity and the limits of representation in seventeenth century philosophy, under the direction of Professor Maria Filomena Molder. He graduated both in Philosophy (2004) and Law (1998), respectively, at the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Law of the Universidade de Coimbra.

His current research has been focusing mostly on the Port-Royal «Logic», particularly, how it deals with structures of argumentation, fallacies and general rhetorics and how it anticipates modern developments of Informal Logic, yet within the context of early modern theories of mind and knowledge, (Descartes, Pascal, Leibniz, Malebranche). The metaphysics and the representation of time and space, semiotics and aesthetics, aswell as constant exploration of issues on philosophy of language and the philosophy of perception have been other concerns of his research work, some of which have been presented publicly on several occasions.

He has been a team member of two research projects within IFL: Morphology - Questions on Method and Language, coordinated by Maria Filomena Molder; and Language and Forces - The Unconscious of Language and the Creative Process, coordinated by José Gil.

He also co-organized with IFL researchers, Diana Soeiro, Maria João Branco and Nélio Conceição, an annual seminar on Questions of Aesthetics, from 2009 to 2012.