Hugo Ribeiro Mota

Doctoral Research Fellow - IFIKK
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Postal address Postboks 1020 Blindern 0315 Oslo
Other affiliations Faculty of Humanities (Student)

I am a PhD candidate in Philosophy at UiO / IFIKK under the supervision of Joey Pollock (UiO) and co-supervision of Catarina Novaes (VU Amsterdam). 
My position is related to Joey's research project New Models of Knowledge Communication which is funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
I am also Graduate Representative at the Argumentation Network of the Americas and member of the project Dataphilo: Gender and Race in Graduate Studies in Philosophy in Brazil.

Academic interests

Structural oppression is a widespread and complex phenomenon. I take social epistemology as a starting point to identify its roots in social deep disagreements, which are caused by global hermeneutic domination and structural epistemic injustice. Then, for a broader understanding, I turn to the philosophy of attention to talk about these disagreements in terms of perspectival clashes and discuss how structural oppression is related to salience biases. Final steps involve investigating issues in communication from the argumentation theory point of view, analyzing cases of structural racism in the Americas and Europe drawn from social anthropology and political history, and considering non-argumentative ways to change inherently harmful perspectives in light of recognition theory, standpoint theory and social movement theory.


I have 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). 
left due to a major cut in research funding perpetrated by the previous Brazilian government (2018-2022), which led to my scholarship being cancelled. I looked for opportunities in foreign countries and thankfully was admitted to my current position at the University of Oslo.

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 through an analysis of the twelve key metaphors from the book.

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

Selected publications

Mejia, Daniel; Mota, Hugo; Baumtrog, Michael (2022). Connecting the Americas Through Argumentation. Argumentation & Advocacy. doi:

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

Silva, Marcos, & Cavalcanti, Iana, & Mota, Hugo (2020). Linguagem e Enativismo: uma resposta normativa para a objeção de escopo e o problema difícil do conteúdo [Language and Enactivism: a normative answer to the scope objection and the hard problem of content]. Prometheus ; 33:129–160. doi:

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.

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