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.

Areas of competence:
Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind.

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.

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.

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.

Visiting Fellowships: Philosophy of Language Institute, New University of Lisbon, 2008.

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.

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Current Position as Researcher:

– 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)
Head: Professors Valter Alnis Bezerra

Previous Position 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)
Head: Professor Pablo Rubén Mariconda

– 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

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 “Populações e tipos: as muitas faces do egoísmo e do altruísmo” (The Many Faces of 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 Recognition 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.

In Press and Preparation

2015 “O demônio de Carnap” (Carnap’s Demon) (in Portuguese); Scientiae Studia (forthcoming)

Submitted “Ontology of Turing Machines Realizations” (Co-authored with A. De Araújo)

In Progress “Modus Lamarck” (Co-authored with D. Vecchi)

In Progress “La distribución de la consciencia en el reino animal en una perspectiva gradualista darwiniana” (The Distribution of Consciousness in Animal Reign according to a Darwinian Gradualist Account) (in Spanish)

In Progress “Darwinian Scrutability: What We Need in Order to Explain Cultural Evolution”

TALKS

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

As invited speaker

2014 “The Constitution of Personal Identity in Animals”; Seminar in Neuroscience and Cognition. Centre of Mathematics, Computation and Cognition; Federal University of ABC, São Paulo, 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 Dialectics 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, 15-16 de novembro: “Il riconoscimento dela realtà sociale”; Terzo Convegno Nazionale di Filosofia Analitica, Turin (Italy).

As speaker

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. 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.

As referee

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

MEMBERSHIPS

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).