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Monsanto village, Portugal

Cork, Ireland, where I went to talk about aesthetics and concepts of form, at University College, for an audience of Irish medievalists

I am currently invited assistant professor of philosophy at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto, Portugal. My research interests have focused mainly on the philosophy of music, the ontology of artworks, art and social kinds, the nature of aesthetic value and the relationship between aesthetics and ethics. I have also been a translator of philosophy for 15 years.

Since 2010, I have been an integrated member of the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Porto, in both Reason, Politics and Society (medieval and early modern philosophy) and Mind, Language & Action (modern and contemporary philosophy) research groups.

I completed my PhD in 2016 with a thesis on the philosophy of music, The Art of Tonal Sound: Music as a Social Kind and Natural Kind Activity (see Publications).

I am passionate about folk songs and singing, as the little overly hasty rendition of "Shoals or Herring" to the left may suggest. This is an iconic song by Ewan MacColl, though I think the most powerful, mesmerizing performance of it was delivered by Luke Kelly of the Dubliners.

As I recall in a blog post, I first learned this song from my good friend William Riach, painter and former Glasgow shipbuilding worker, who wrote it on a napkin for me during a lunch in Lisbon, many years ago.


Humboldt University, Berlin


Thessaloniki, with Aristotle


Bristol Museum & Art Gallery


University of Lisbon, conference "What is Music?"


Alma Mater Europaea, Maribor, Slovenia - annual meeting of the European Society for Aesthetics


University of Belgrade, 21st International Congress of Aesthetics


Merry Maidens Stone Circle, Cornwall


Bulgakov Dom, Moscow


Teatro do Campo Alegre, Porto, with Una Popović commenting on Andrei Rubliov


Berlin, Jannowitzbrücke


Belgrade, with Ivo Andrić