Pedro Dotto
Research Fellow

Pedro M. G. Dotto defended his Ph.D. dissertation in Philosophy at the New School for Social Research (NSSR) in 2023. His doctoral dissertation undertook an analysis of Plato’s Phaedrus that delved into the motif of psychagōgía (soul-leading) as an interpretative key for understanding and unifying the dialogue. It was acknowledged with The Hans Jonas Award for Best Dissertation in Philosophy. He was a recipient of The Onassis Foundation Fellowship in Ancient Greek Studies (2020-2021). He also holds a Law degree (2013) and an MA in Philosophy (2016) from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), developed with scholarships from The National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and The Coordination of Superior Level Staff Improvement (CAPES). Currently, he is a research associate in the Graduate Program in Metaphysics (PPGμ) at the University of Brasília (UnB) and serves as an assistant editor for reviews of the journal Archai (2022-2024).

He has published the book Usos da liberdade e agonismo em Michel Foucault (Intermeios, 2018) via a publication grant from the Foundation for the Support of Research from São Paulo (FAPESP). His more recent academic contributions include the papers “‘My dear Phaedrus, where is it you are going, and where have you come from?’ An Interpretation of the Opening Line of the Phaedrus” (Archai, no. 33, 2023) and “Ethics for an ‘Amphibian’ Soul: The Plotinian Self in its Metaphysical Environment” (Hypnos, no. 47, 2021). As the scholarship holder of the project “Mapping Philosophy as a Way of Life: An Ancient Model, A Contemporary Approach” (2022.02833.PTDC), in the next six months he will make a research stay at IFILNOVA and develop a project on the literary-poetic topos of the choice of lives as the cultural background of the tradition of philosophy as a way of life and the relationship between Plato’s criticism of writing in the Phaedrus and the subject of philosophy as a way of life.