I am a researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH) of the Nova University of Lisbon. I work at the intersection of political and moral philosophy, jurisprudence, and intellectual history. My research interests include intergenerational justice, human rights, democratic theory, sovereignty, legal validity, and early modern philosophy, especially Spinoza.
I got a BA in Law in 2003 from the Nova University of Lisbon. The moment I received it, I made the most obvious choice and went on to study philosophy. I got my PhD in Philosophy in 2009 from the University of Lisbon, with a dissertation on Spinoza’s natural law theory. In the same year, I joined the Nova Institute of Philosophy (IFILNOVA) at FCSH, first as a post-doctoral researcher and, after 2016, as a research fellow. At IFILNOVA, my activities have been funded almost exclusively by grants attributed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, namely for projects (as PI) on natural law theories (2010-2016), on sovereignty in a post-modern world (2016-2020), and on intergenerational justice and the democratic politics of the long term (2021-). Since 2009, I have also worked as a lecturer and have been responsible for courses in my areas of expertise at various institutions (e.g., Nova School of Law, Lusiad University of Lisbon, and FCSH).
This career path (and everything else that is likely to follow) is the side effect of a chronic condition called ‘inquisitiveness’ with which I was diagnosed in my early days.