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The Nova Institute of Philosophy  (IFILNOVA) is a research unit of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas) of the New University of Lisbon (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and is supported by the Foundation for Science and Technology (Fundação para a Ciência e para a Tecnologia) of the Portuguese Ministry of Education and Science. The main purpose of IFILNOVA is to develop research programs in the current fields of philosophy of language, epistemology, argumentation theory, aesthetics, political philosophy and philosophy of mind. There is not, within the IFILNOVA, a single and strict philosophical (not to mention, ideological) orientation, although most of its research has, from a methodological point of view, an analytical approach.

From its beginning IFILNOVA has carried out some main strategic lines, which today continue to define its research framework:

  1. developing philosophical research programs, designed and carried out by our research groups, to achieve measurable and objective outputs;

  2. developing qualification and training programs for junior researchers,  both from Portugal and abroad;

  3. intensifying theIFILNOVA network through concrete research and learning programs with international partners;

  4.  developing interactions with other national research units;

  5. developing the IFILNOVA library and our documentation centre.

IFILNOVA has defined three main objectives for the next years:

  1. to become a leading unit by relevant contributing to the recent debate on the moral, political and juridical justification of fundamental rights in the context of contemporary globalization processes;

  2. to become a leading unit in argumentation studies, namely by producing cutting-edge knowledge on practical reasoning involving values and argumentative decision-making processes;

  3. to became a leading unit in the philosophy of artistic practices, namely by producing original knowledge on how non-aesthetic values can intertwine with aesthetical ones in order to shape artistic experience (film experience will be taken as one privileged case study).


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argumentation Social Sciences
pragmatics Social Sciences
commitment Social Sciences
interpretation Social Sciences
dialogue Social Sciences
economic union Social Sciences
dialectics Social Sciences
monetary union Social Sciences

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Research Output 1985 2019

3 Citations (Scopus)
7 Downloads (Pure)

Argumentation as Critically Oriented Pedagogical Dialogue

Rapanta, C., 2019, In : Informal Logic. 39, 1, p. 1-31 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Critical Thinking
Classroom Interaction

Argumentation strategies in the classroom

Rapanta, C., 1 Jun 2019, Wilmington: Vernon Press. 145 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

learning method

Argumentative hypocrisy and constituent debates: the italian case

Damele, G., 2019, In : Ethics, Politics and Society. 2, p. 204-219 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Ana Cristina Serralheiro Falcato (Recipient), Mar 2013

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

BPD Postdoctoral Fellowship by FCT

Erich Herrmann Rast (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

research project

Ciencia 2007 Fellowship

Erich Herrmann Rast (Recipient), 1 Feb 2008

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


Activities 2003 2020

The Anthropocene Campus Lisboa: Parallax

Giovanbattista Tusa (Participant)
6 Jan 202011 Jan 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

International Conference on Practices of Philosophy as Experimentation and Dissidence

Alexandra Dias Fortes (Participant)
6 Feb 20198 Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Multidimensional 'better than'

Erich Herrmann Rast (Speaker)
5 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Press / Media

David Byrne, How Music Works (recensão)

Telmo Rodrigues


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

A Morte de Alexandra MacClean

Telmo Rodrigues


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Timão de Atenas: pessimismo, fortuna e filosofia

Rui Romão


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research