Hugo Ribeiro Mota

Doctoral Research Fellow - IFIKK
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I am a PhD candidate in Philosophy at UiO / IFIKK under the supervision of Joey Pollock (UiO). My position is related to her research project  New Models of Knowledge Communication which is funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

Academic interests

My research is on social epistemology, focused on deep disagreements and relations of oppression. One of my thesis is that we can describe some types of relations of oppression as deep disagreements in order to elucidate its structure, which in turn would also lead to outcomes where the oppressed would, through their expression of apt anger, make the oppressors see the harm they directly or indirectly provoke and potentially change.

Besides the more metaphysical question on the nature of such disagreements, my proposal aims to discuss alternative methods of communication that go beyond argumentation, as I argue that in some cases of deep disagreement it seems unlikely that argumentation methods would suffice.

I am also interested in philosophy of logic, philosophy of science, ethics (in regards to philosophy of technology and climate emergency) and naturalized phenomenology (and its possible contributions to nursing practice and research).


I am 24 years old, with a BA and MA in Philosophy from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE, Brazil). Previously I was enrolled in the PhD program in Philosophy at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio, Brazil).

Throughout my Master's degree I was a CAPES scholar. My dissertation dealt with Ludwig Wittgenstein's On Certainty , specifically investigating the viability of there being some type of foundationalism in this work. I argued for an anti-foundationalist reading.

Tags: Philosophy, Epistemology, Philosophy of language, Disagreement, Wittgenstein

Selected publications


Mota HR. (2021). To what extent is Wittgenstein a foundationalist? . Recife. Dissertation [Masters in Philosophy] - Federal University of Pernambuco.

Edited volumes

Leporace CP, Bannell RI, Rodrigues E, Santos E, Mota HR, Cavalcanti IV, Santos A, Barbosa DF, Ferreira MHM. (2019). A Mente Humana para Além do Cérebro - Perspectivas a partir dos 4Es da Cognição  [The Human Mind Beyond the Brain - Perspectives from the 4Es of Cognition]. Coimbra: Coimbra University Press.

Journal Publications

Mota HR. (2021). Em que medida Wittgenstein seria fundacionista? [To what extent is Wittgenstein a foundationalist?]. Voluntas, 12 (2), e02;

Mota HR, Gomes BMR, Zahavi D, Martiny KMM. (2021). Phenomenology of our study studies: New perspectives  [ Translation of Zahavi D, Martiny KMM. (2019). Phenomenology in Nursing Studies: New Perspectives. Int J Nurs Stud ; 93: 155–162 .]. Veritas ; 66 (1): e39223.

Silva M, Cavalcanti IV, Mota HR. (2020). Linguagem e Enativismo: a normative answer to the object of the scope and problem of the conteúdo  [ Language and Enactivism: a normative answer to the scope objection and the hard problem of content ]. Prometeus, Filosofia em revista ; 33: 129–160.

Mota HR. (2020). Paradoxo do Desacordo Profundo: an abistagem relativista epistêmica  [Deep Disagreement Paradox: an epistemic relativist approach]. Review of the Seminar of Alumni of PPGLM / UFRJ; 11 (1): 11–28.

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