Lorenzo Baravalle

Centre of Natural and Human Sciences, Federal University of ABC; Rua Arcturus 3, Jardim Antares, 09606-070, São Bernardo do Campo (SP), Brazil. More »

Email: lorenzo_baravalle@yahoo.it

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Name: Lorenzo Baravalle

Born: February, 26th, 1980

Place: Savigliano (CN), Italy.

Telephone number: +55-11-95797-4742

E-mail: lorenzo_baravalle@yahoo.it

Professional address: Centre of Natural and Human Sciences, Federal University of ABC; Rua Arcturus 3, Jardim Antares, 09606-070, São Bernardo do Campo (SP), Brazil.

Areas of specialization: Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology, Epistemology.

Areas of competence: History of Science, Critical Thinking, Metaphysics.

EDUCATION

PhD, Philosophy: University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona/University of Barcelona, 2010.
Thesis title: Evolución cultural y adaptación (Cultural Evolution and Adaptation) (in Spanish)
Supervisor: Professor José Antonio Diez Calzada
Qualification: Summa cum laude.
Grant: Rovira i Virgili.

Master Degree, Cognitive Science and Language: University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona/University of Barcelona, 2007.
Thesis title: Objetos sociales y realismo (Social Objects and Realism) (in Spanish)
Supervisor: Professor José Antonio Diez Calzada
Qualification: Mention of honour.
Grant: Ramón y Cajal.

Philosophy Degree: University of Turin, 2005.
Thesis title: Il ruolo dela sopravvenienza all’interno di un’ontologia della realtà sociale (The Role of Supervenience within an Ontology of Social Reality) (in Italian)
Supervisor: Professor Maurizio Ferraris
Qualification: Summa cum laude.

Postdoctoral Fellowships: Faculty of Philosophy, University of São Paulo, 2011-2014.
Project title: “Cognitive Strategies and Human Evolution”.
Supervisor: Professor Pablo Rubén Mariconda.
Grant: FAPESP – São Paulo Research Foundation.

Postdoctoral Fellowships: Centre of Philosophy of Science, University of Lisbon, 2017-8.
Project title: “The Theory of Cultural Evolution as a Theory of Forces”.
Grant: CNPq – Brazilian Research Foundation.

Visiting Fellowships:

– Philosophy of Language Institute, New University of Lisbon, 2008.
– Labont, University of Turin, 2015.
– Konrad Lorenz Institute, Klosterneuburg (Austria), 2016 (with FAPESP grant).


TEACHING

Current position (since 2013):
Assistant Professor of Epistemology, Metaphysics, and Philosophy of Science.
Centre of Natural and Human Sciences,
Federal University of ABC, São Paulo.

Teaching Activities in Undergraduate Programme Studies

2017 Regular course. Subject: “Introduction to Philosophy of Science”. Federal University of ABC, Degree in Science and Technology.

2017 Regular course. Subject: “Introduction to Logical Empiricism”. Federal University of ABC, Degree in Science and Technology.

2017 Regular course. Subject: “Contemporary Metaphysics”. Federal University of ABC, Degree in Philosophy.

2016 Regular course. Subject: “Contemporary Epistemology”. Federal University of ABC. Degree in Philosophy.

2016 Regular course. Subject: “Critical Thinking”. Federal University of ABC. Degree in Science and Humanities.

2016 Regular course. Subject: “Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Science”. Federal University of ABC, Degree in Philosophy.

2016 Regular course. Subject: “Introduction to Philosophy of Science”. Federal University of ABC, Degree in Science and Technology.

2016 Regular course. Subject: “Contemporary Metaphysics”. Federal University of ABC, Degree in Philosophy.

2015 Regular course. Subject: “Contemporary Epistemology”. Federal University of ABC. Degree in Philosophy.

2015 Regular course. Subject: “Contemporary Metaphysics”. Federal University of ABC, Degree in Philosophy.

2015 Regular course. Subject: “Introduction to Philosophy of Science”. Federal University of ABC, Degree in Science and Humanities.

2014 Regular course. Subject: “Contemporary Epistemology”. Federal University of ABC, Degree in Philosophy.

2014 Regular course. Subject: “Introduction to Philosophy of Science”. Federal University of ABC, Degree in Science and Technology.

2014 Regular course. Subject: “Contemporary Metaphysics”. Federal University of ABC, Degree in Philosophy.

2013 Regular course. Subject: “Contemporary Epistemology”. Federal University of ABC, Degree in Philosophy.

Teaching Activities in Undergraduate Programme Studies

2017 Regular course. Subject: “Philosophy of Science”. Federal University of ABC, Ph.B. in Philosophy.

Teaching Activities: University Extension

2012 “Extensions of the Domain of the Theory of the Natural Selection: A Comparison of Alternatives”. Seminar. Faculty of Philosophy, University of São Paulo.

2012 Evolution and Culture. Course. Faculty of Philosophy, University of São Paulo.

Teaching Activities in Graduate Programmes

2013: “Topics of Philosophy of Biology”. Course. Graduate Programme in Philosophy. Faculty of Philosophy, Federal University of São Paulo.

2013 “The Many Faces of Altruism”. Seminar. Graduate Programme in Philosophy. Faculty of Philosophy, University of São Paulo.

2013 “Transcendental Animality: The Problem of Naturalizing the A Priori in Konrad Lorenz”. Seminar. Graduate Programme in Philosophy. Faculty of Philosophy, University of São Paulo.

2012 “Darwinism and Human Cultures: An Introduction to the Contemporary Debate”. Seminar. Graduate Programme in Philosophy. Faculty of Philosophy, Federal University of São Paulo.

2009 “Introducción a la filosofía de la mente” (Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind). Seminar. Master in Urban Anthropology. University Rovira i Virgili.

2007 “Objetos sociales y realismo” (Social Objects and Realism). Seminar. Master in Urban Anthropology. University Rovira i Virgili.

Experience as Area Coordinator

2015 – present Coordinator of the Course “Epistemological Basis of Modern Science”, Federal University of ABC.

ADVISING

2015 Ana Suelen Fernandes Gomes, “The Concept of Umwelt in Contemporary Biosemiotics”, Federal University of ABC (Undergraduate Research Project).

2017 Pedro Frutuoso do Nascimento, “Ronald Fisher between Eugenics and Cultural Evolution”, Federal University of ABC (Undergraduate Research Project).

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Current Position as Researcher:

– Member of the Research Project The Manipulation of the Living: A Pragmatic Approach to the Epistemology of Biology (since 2017 – Fondecyt Grant nº 1171017; Chile).

Head: Professor Maurizio Esposito

– Main researcher of the Research Project The Theory of Cultural Evolution as a Theory of Forces (since 2017 – CNPq Grant nº 402619/2016-1 – National Council of Scientific and Technological Development; Brazil).

– Researcher at Centre of Natural and Human Sciences; Federal University of ABC (São Paulo).

– Researcher at Institute of Advanced Studies, University of São Paulo.

– Member of the Research Project Styles of Scientific Reasoning (since 2015)
455562/2014-8 (CNPq – National Council of Scientific and Technological Development; Brazil).
Heads: Professors Valter Alnis Bezerra and Otávio Bueno.

Previous Positions as Researcher:

– Member of the Research Project Genesis and Meaning of Technoscience (since 2011 to 2014)
2011/51614-3 (previously 2007/53867-0; FAPESP – São Paulo Research Foundation; Brazil)
Heads: Professors Pablo Rubén Mariconda and Hugh Lacey

– Postdoctoral Research Project Cognitive Strategies and Human Evolution (since 2011 to 2013)
2010/17862-7 (FAPESP – São Paulo Research Foundation; Brazil)

ARTICLES

Published in Refereed Journals

2016 “The Ontology of Digital Physics”; Erkenntnis, (online-first) DOI: 10.1007/s10670-016-9866-y (Co-authored with A. De Araújo)

2016 “Beyond blindness: On the role of organism and environment in trial generation”; Studies in History and Philosophy of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, vol. 60, p. 25-34 (Co-authored with D. Vecchi).

2015 “O mosaico causal do mundo orgánico” (The Causal Mosaic of the Organic World) (in Portuguese); Scientiae Studia, vol. 13, n. 3, p. 685-94.

2015 “O demônio de Carnap” (Carnap’s Demon) (in Portuguese); Scientiae Studia, vol. 13, n. 1, p. 223-32.

2015 “A Soul of Truth in Things Erroneous: Popper’s ‘Amateurish’ Evolutionary Philosophy in Light of Contemporary Biology”; History and Philosophy of Life Sciences, vol. 36, n. 4, p. 525-45 (Co-authored with D. Vecchi).

2014 “Valsa para carrapatos” (Waltz for Ticks) (in Portuguese); Scientiae Studia, vol. 12, n. 2, p. 379-88.

2014 “Epistemologia evoluzionista” (Evolutionary Epistemology) (in Italian); Aphex – Portale Italiano di Filosofia Analitica. Available on-line: (Last access: 12/05/14).

2014 “Animalidade transcendental. O problema da naturalização do a priori em Konrad Lorenz” (Transcendental Animality: The Problem of Naturalizing the A Priori in Konrad Lorenz) (in Portuguese); Scientiae Studia, vol. 12, n. 2, p. 285-308.

2014 “As muitas faces do egoísmo e do altruism: pressões seletivas e grupos humanos” (The Many Faces of Egoism and Altruism: Selective Pressures and Human Groups) (in Portuguese); Scientiae Studia, vol. 12, n. 1, p. 97-120.

2014 “Potencialidades e limites das explicações evolutivas da cultura: um enfoque diacrónico” (Potential and Limits of Evolutionary Explanations of Culture: A Diacronic Approach) (in Portuguese); História Ciências Saúde, vol. 21, p. 439-56.

2013 “La venganza de Wilson. Una crítica a los enfoques seleccionistas analógicos de la evolución cultural” (Wilson’s Revenge. A Critique of Analogical Seleccionist Accounts of Cultural Evolution) (in Spanish); Diánoia, vol. LVIII, n. 70, p. 113-32.

2012 “Extension of the Domain of Natural Selection: Synchronic and Diachronic Accounts of Cultural Change”; Proceedings of VII Conference of the Spanish Society for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, p. 343-9, Santiago de Compostela.

2012 “A função adaptativa da transmissão cultural” (The Adaptive Function of Cultural Transmission) (in Portuguese); Scientiae Studia, vol. 10, n. 2, p. 269-95.

2011 “L’adattabilità delle superstizioni” (The Adaptability of Superstitions) (in Italian); Rivista di Estetica, n. 48, p. 253-70.

2008: “Il riconoscimento dela realtà sociale” (The Acknowledging of Social Reality) (in Italian); Rivista di Estetica, n. 39, p. 23-37.

2008: “La mente e il mondo fisico di Jaegwon Kim” (Jaegwon Kim’s Mind and Physical World) (in Italian); Humana.Mente, n. 5, p.223-8. Available on-line: (Last Access: 05/12/14).

2006: “Sopravvenienza del sociale” (Supervenience of Social Entity) (in Italian); Rivista di Estetica, n. 33, p. 177-196.

Accepted

(Scientiae Studia) “The Role of Population Thinking in the Dual Inheritance Theory”

Submitted and Works in progress

In Progress “The Fisher-Wright Controversy: A Question of Style”

In Progress “Invariance and Unification in Cultural Evolution Theory”

BOOKS

In Press Evoluzione e cultura (Evolution and Culture) (in Italian); Roma: Carocci Editore.

Under contract Bases epistemológicas da ciência moderna (Epistemological Bases of Modern Science) (in Portuguese); co-authored with Luciana Zaterka and Victor Marques, São Paulo: Editora 34.

PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCES, COLLOQUIA, SYMPOSIA AND MEETINGS

As organiser or collaborator

2014 Humans and Animals: The Limits of Humanity. Institute of Advanced Studies, University of São Paulo, September 30.

2013 Humans and Animals: The Limits of Humanity. University of Santiago of Chile, September 25-27.

2013 Humans and Animals: The Limits of Humanity. Institute of Advanced Studies, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, March 27.

2012 Natural Man, Cultural Man, Animal Man. Faculty of Philosophy, University of São Paulo, August 30-31.

2007: 5th congress of SEFA (Sociedad Española de Filosofía Analítica). University of Barcelona, September 7-9.

As invited speaker

2017 “A Counterpoint between the Aristotelian and Darwinian Notions of Species”; São Bento Faculty, São Paulo, August 4.

2016 “Epistemology of Death”; Death and Its Philosophical Significance; Federal University of ABC, São Bernardo do Campo, December 7.

2016 “Invariance and Unification in Cultural Evolution Theory”; KLI Colloquium; Konrad Lorenz Institute, Klosterneuburg (Viena), July 14.

2015 “Styles of Scientific Reasoning: Causal Explanations in Evolutionary Style”; Labont Seminar; Circolo dei Lettori, Turin, May 25.

2014 “The Constitution of Personal Identity in Animals”; Seminar in Neuroscience and Cognition. Centre of Mathematics, Computation and Cognition; Federal University of ABC, São Bernardo do Campo, November 5.

2013 “What is it Like to Be an Animal?”; XII Meeting of Epistemology, São Judas Tadeu University, São Paulo, May 27-29.

2012 “The Evolutionary Dialectic of Altruism”; VII Symposium of Philosophy. State University of Maringá (Brazil), September 18-21.

2011 “Reductionist Accounts of Cultural Evolution: A Functionalist Alternative”; Seminar in History and Philosophy of Biology. Faculty of Philosophy, University of São Paulo, November 7.

2011 “The Adaptive Role of Human Cultures”. Centre of Epistemology and History of Science, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, June 21.

2011 “Cultural Evolution as Second-order Adaptation”. National University of Quilmes, Buenos Aires, April 20.

2008 “Memetics and Cultural Determinism”. Philosophy of Language Institute, New University of Lisbon, July 10.

2007 “Il riconoscimento dela realtà sociale”; Terzo Convegno Nazionale di Filosofia Analitica, Turin (Italy), November 16.

As speaker

2017 “Is Genetic Drift a Force of Evolution? A Manipulationist Account”; ISHPSSB 2017; University of São Paulo, Brazil, July 16-21.

2017 “Invariance and Unification in Cultural Evolution Theory”; ISHPSSB 2017; University of São Paulo, Brazil, July 16-21.

2016 “The Fisher-Wright Controversy: A Question of Style”; XVII National Meeting of Philosophy (ANPOF), Aracajú (Brazil), October 17-21.

2016 “The Fisher-Wright Controversy: A Question of Style”; X Meeting of Philosophy and History of Science in the South Cone. Aguas de Lindóia (São Paulo), September 12-15.

2015 “Styles of Scientific Reasoning: Does There Exist an Evolutionary Style?”; II Congress of the Ibero-American Association of Philosophy of Biology. ANUIES, Valle de Bravo, Mexico, September 7-11.

2015 “Modus Lamarck”; II Congress of the Ibero-American Association of Philosophy of Biology. ANUIES, Valle de Bravo, Mexico, September 7-11.

2014 “The Constitution of Personal Identity in Animals”; Humans and Animals: The Limits of Humanity. Institute of Advanced Studies, University of São Paulo, September 30.

2013 “Transcendental Animality: The Problem of Naturalizing the A Priori in Konrad Lorenz”; Humans and Animals: The Limits of Humanity. University of Santiago of Chile, September 25-27.

2013 “Transcendental Animality: The Problem of Naturalizing the A Priori in Konrad Lorenz”; Humans and Animals: The Limits of Humanity. Institute of Advanced Studies, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, March 27.

2012 “Extension of the Domain of Natural Selection: Synchronic and Diachronic Accounts of Cultural Change”; XV National Meeting of Philosophy (ANPOF), Curitiba (Brazil), October 22-26.

2012 “Wilson’s Revenge: Against the Use of Analogy in Cultural Evolution Models”; VIII Meeting of Philosophy and History of Science in the South Cone. Santiago of Chile, October 16-20.

2012 “Evolutionary Metaphors in Explanations of Human Cultures”; Natural Man, Cultural Man, Animal Man. Faculty of Philosophy, University of São Paulo, August 30-31.

2012 “Extension of the Domain of Natural Selection: Synchronic and Diachronic Accounts of Cultural Change”; VII Congress of the Society of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science in Spain. Santiago of Compostela, July 18-20.

2012 “Reductionist Accounts of Cultural Evolution: A Functionalist Alternative”; II Congress of the Brazilian Society of Analytical Philosophy. Fortaleza (Brazil), June 4-6.

2012 “Reductionist Accounts of Cultural Evolution: A Functionalist Alternative”; II Colombian Congress of Logic, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science. Bogotá, February 8-10.

2010 “Cultural Evolution and Adaptation”; Logos Seminar. University of Barcelona, September 27.

2008 “Social Reality and Evolution”; Logos Seminar. University of Barcelona, January 9.

2006 “A Fallacy in the Concept of Collective Intentionality”; GRG Logos Seminar. University of Barcelona, May 3.

EXPERIENCE AS EDITOR AND REFEREE
As editor

Scientiae Studia Revista Latino-Americana de Filosofia e História da Ciência. University of São Paulo. Member of Editorial Comitee since 2013.
Edited numbers:
– Vol. 12, N. 1 (2014) (with Mariconda, P. and Caponi, G.)
– Vol. 12, N. 2 (2014) (with Mariconda, P.)
– Vol. 13, N. 3 (2015) (with Mariconda, P. and Caponi, G.)
– Vol. 15, N. 2 (2017) (with Caponi, G.)

As referee

Principia International Journal of Epistemology. Santa Catarina Federal University, Since 2015.

Scientiae Studia Revista Latino-Americana de Filosofia e História da Ciência. University of São Paulo. Since 2012.

APhEx Portale Italiano di Filosofia Analitica. Since 2013.

Rivista di Estetica. University of Turin. Since 2010.

FAPESP Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, Since 2015.

MEMBERSHIPS

International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology
Cultural Evolution Society

Ibero-American Association of Philosophy of Biology

Interdisciplinary Nucleus in Applied Neurosciences; Federal University of ABC.

Institute of Advanced Studies; University of São Paulo.

Scientiae Studia, Philosophical Association; University of São Paulo.

LOGOS, Research group; University of Barcelona.

LABONT, Laboratory of Ontology; University of Turin.

LANGUAGES

Italian, Spanish, English, Portuguese (speak, read and write), French and Catalan (read).