Having started as a research unit dedicated to the Philosophy of Language, the Nova Institute of Philosophy was created in 1993 and, since that date, has obtained Excellent in all evaluations by FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia). From 2014 onwards, the Institute has seen its level of internationalization grow, either through the increase in the number of publications in renowned international journals and publishers, or through the various applications for European projects in which it has been successful. In recent years, IFILNOVA has consolidated its commitment to research with a single thematic line, having also expanded the number of approaches to the philosophical problems in question. Read the results of the last evaluation here.

Thematic Line

At this stage, IFILNOVA’s main goal is to develop research programs focused on the  philosophical investigation of values, particularly by investigating the nature of value,  the role of values in human action, as well as their normativity as constituted through public argumentation and reasoning in the ethical, political and aesthetic fields. The programs aim also to apply philosophical theories to social practices and problems.

This goal is pursued through four distinct strategies:

(1) Fundamental research on philosophical problems.
(2) Development of classic theories.
(3) Development and application of new theories to empirical fields.
(4) Direct intervention into social practices.


The four different Laboratories which constitute the institute follow the common goal defined in the thematic line in different areas of study, each with its specific preferred research strategy. The applications and dissemination activities of the laboratories are discussed, coordinated, and managed in the Dissemination interface.

  • ArgLab pursues the development and application of philosophical theories in argumentation theory and pragmatics to empirical areas (education, environmental, medical, legal, and political communication),
  • EPLab pursues the development and application of traditional philosophical approaches to social practices and problems, such as the nature of normativity in ethics and politics.
  • CineLab pursues the application of philosophical theories to cultural practice, more specifically through work on cinema and philosophy.
  • CultureLab pursues the development of traditional philosophical approaches to show the relationships with other theoretical areas such as literature and the arts.
  • OutLab pursues the outreach of the theoretical developments and more specifically the intervention on practices crucial for society (such as education, health services, public deliberation, and cultural activities).
Lab Coordinators
Research Management
Catarina Barros
Cláudia Marques
João Mourão
International Advisors
Catarina Dutilh Novaes
Duncan Pritchard
Fabrizio Desideri
Dork Zabunyan
Ken Gemes
Margaret Moore
Maria Alvarez
Marita Sturken
Simon May

One of IFILNOVA’s highest priorities is indeed the creation of a consolidated international research cooperation network. Already in place through the work developed by IFILNOVA’s four Laboratories, this network will be strengthened to accommodate and reinforce both IFILNOVA’s global objectives and the Laboratories strategic programmes and goals.

One of the immediate objectives of this network is the creation of international and interdisciplinary institutional consortiums in order to apply for international calls, namely those inscribed in the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme.

  • University of Windsor (Canada), Dep. of Philosophy (D. Walton, C. Tindale, H. Hansen)
  • University of Amsterdam (NL), Dep. of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory and Rhetoric (F. van Eemeren)
  • University of Groningen (NL), Faculty of Philosophy (E. Krabbe, J. van Laar)
  • University of Cambridge (UK). Dept. of Education (F. Maine, S. Hennessy)
  • Humbolt University – Dep. of Internet and digitalisation  (Prof. E. Elisabeth Mayweg)
  • Columbia University – Teachers college (Prof. D. Kuhn)
  • Universitat de Barcelona – 1) Dep. of Science education (Prof. G. Garcia Mila); 2) Dept. of Philosophy (M. Garcia Carpinteiro)
  • University of Lugano (CH), Institute of Argumentation, Linguistics and Semiotics (A. Rocci)
  • Rutgers University (New Jersey, US): 1) Dep. of Philosophy (E. Lepore); 2) Dep. of Communication (M. Aakhus)
  • University of Münster – Dep. of Psychology (Prof. R. Jucks, Dr. E. Paus)
  • Grupo de Estudos Espinosanos – Estudos sobre o séc.XVII, Universidade de S. Paulo, Brazil
  • UNICAMP, Brazil (Prof. Arley Moreno)
  • Universidade Complutense de Madrid, Spain (M. Gaffal)
  • Université Catholic de Louvain (UCL), Louvain, Belgium (Prof. Philippe Van Parijs)
  • Grulbew – The Portuguese-brazilien Group for Wittgensteinian studies
  • Centro Interdipartimentale di studi “Colli-Montinari” su Nietzsche e la cultura europea, Italy
  • GIRN – Gruppo Internazionale di Ricerche su Nietzsche
  • City Univeristy of New York, NY, USA (Noël Carroll)
  • Kings College London, UK (Jinhee Choi)
  • University of Kent, School of Arts, UK (Elizabeth Cowie , Murray Smith)
  • Harvard University, USA (D. N. Rodowick)
  • CRAL – EHESS, France (George Didi-Huberman)
  • NYU Steinheardt, Steinheardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, USA (Marita Sturken, N. Mirzoeff)
  • University of York, UK (Peter Lamarque)
  • University of Maryland, USA (Jerrold Levinson)
  • Italian Thought Network / Workiteph, Italy
  • Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy (Prof. Roberto Esposito)
  • Universidade do Porto, Portugal (Sofia Miguens)
  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne (S. Laugier)
  • Universidad de Toledo, Spain (J.P. Galvez)
  • Internationale Nietzscheforschungsgruppe Stuttgart, Germany
  • SEDEN Sociedad Española de Estudios sobre Friedrich Nietzsche, Spain
  • Grupo de Estudos Nietzsche (USP), Brazil
  • École Normale Supérieure de Paris / CNRS / ITEM / ENS, France (Paolo D’Iorio)
  • École des Hautes Études en Sciences, France (Didi-Huberman, Bellour)
  • New York University, College of Arts and Science, USA (John Richardson)
  • Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Birkbeck College University of London, UK (Ken Gemes)
  • New York University, College of Arts and Science, USA (John Richardson)
  • Telecom ParisTech / CNRS, France (Micheal Baker)
  •  University of Jyväskylä, Finland (Tuuli Lähdesmäk)
  • University of Nicosia, Cyprus (Maria Evagorou)
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (Baruch Schwarz)
  • Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, Lithuania (Irena Zaleskiene)
  • Università di Messina, Italy (Alessandro Capone)
  • Università di Palermo, Italy (Francesca Piazza)
  • Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
  • Tarello Institute for Legal Philosophy (Università degli Studi di Genova), Italy
  • University of Bergen, Norway (Alois Pichler, Kjersti Fløttum)
  • University of Lund, Sweden (Frank Zenker)
  • Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland (Mariusz Urbanski)
  • University College Dublin, Ireland (Maeve Cooke)
  • Institute Jean Nicod, Paris, France (Isidora Stojanovic)
  • CNR, Rome, Italy (Fabio Paglieri)
  • University of Liverpool, UK (Rudi Palmieri)
  • Univeristy of Fribourg, Switzerland (Steve Oswald)
  • Ibn Khaldun University, Istanbul, Turkey, Alliance of Civilisations Institute (Onder Kuçukural)
  • Red Iberoamericana “Kant: Ética, Política y Sociedad”