João Carlos Ribeiro Cardoso Mendes



Instituto de Letras e Ciências Humanas
Universidade do Minho
Campus de Gualtar
4710-057 Braga

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Qualificações Académicas

National Defense Course, 2014-5, National Defense Institute

Senior Management Course for Public Administration, 2014, University of Minho

Ph.D in Philosophy of Science, 2012, University of Santiago de Compostela
Thesis title: Realism and Rationality in Science: A critique of the New Experimentalism (in Portuguese)
Distinction: Apto cum laude

M.A. in Philosophy: Modern and Contemporary, 2003, University of Minho (Braga)
Dissertation title: Herbert Alexander Simon: Project of an Anthroposcience (in Portuguese)
Distinction: Very good by unanimous vote

Post-graduation in Philosophy Pedagogy (2 years), 1991, Portuguese Catholic University (Lisbon)
Distinction: Feliciter

B.A. in Philosophy (4 years), 1989, Portuguese Catholic University (Lisbon)
Distinction: Feliciter

Áreas de Investigação de Interesse

Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Technology

Projectos de Investigação

Thinking through Technoscience: Reflexive Engineers

This project seeks to attain a critical understanding of the Engineering culture through the lens of the Humanities sensibility, especially significant in an academia like ours where it is predominant, and to share it with the rest of society.
It aims at achieving three goals: (a) to organize an anthology of "Classics of the Philosophy of Technology in the Engineering Tradition" (possibly bilingual: original language-Portuguese); (b) to write "A History of the Philosophy of Technology through the lens of the Engineers"; (c) to organize "Talking (about) Engineering", a series of talks given by engineers explaining to non-engineers or lay people how they reason and work.

Lead time: 2014-2020


Selected more recent:

2013a «To engineer is to risk and to err. Aspects of Henry Petroski`s philosophy of engineering» in: van Hattum-Janssen, Natasha et alii, eds. Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education (PAEE`2013) (Closing the Gap between University and Industry, Eindhoven Technical University (TU/e), 8-9 July). Guimarães: University of Minho; ID2.1-8. [in english];

2013b «The dawning of New Experimentalism in Ian Hacking`s Representing and Intervening, part B» (under publication) [in english];

2012 «A way of doing philosophy: Ian Hacking`s Historial Ontology. (Diacrítica – Filosofia e Cultura, 26/2). [in portuguese];

2011a «Practical reasoning and its limits» (Radically think humanity. Essays in honor of Prof. Doutor Acílio da Silva Estanqueiro Rocha, University of Minho: Centre for Humanistic Studies). [in portuguese];

2011b «To be or not luddite in relation to nanotechnology» (The ecological reason. Proceedings of the VIII Portuguese-Galaic International Philosophy Symposium. Santiago de Compostela, June 11-12, 2009, University of Santiago de Compostela.) [in portuguese]

Outros Dados

Member of the Sociedade Portuguesa de Filosofia (Portuguese Society for Philosophy)

Member of the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Wetenschapfilosofie (Dutch Society for Philosophy of Science)

Member of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice.