Hugo Ribeiro Mota

Doctoral Research Fellow - IFIKK
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Mobile phone +47 458 47 052
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Visiting address Blindernveien 31 Georg Morgenstiernes hus 0313 Oslo
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). My position is related to her research project  New Models of Knowledge Communication which is funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
Our first workshop 'Testimony and Communication' will be held online in 9-10 August 2022.
I am also Graduate Representative at the Argumentation Network of the Americas.
Our second scholarly event 'Argumentation and Identity' will be held online in 25-27 July 2022.

Academic interests

The main aim of my research is to investigate deep disagreements over social issues and assess to what extent they can be rationally resolved.
I first present a classification of deep disagreements, arguing that each category poses specific challenges. Social deep disagreements fall under the political category, thus involving structural oppression, group identity and social demarcation. For this reason, their resolution necessarily demands a perspectival shift, which in turn needs forms of communication that go beyond argumentation.
Hence I introduce the perspective-taking making method. Its goal is to accommodate structural oppression cases where only one of the parties recognizes and is interested in resolving the deep disagreement. It allows the oppressed to make, guide, or teach the oppressors to take their perspectives.
In developing this method of deep disagreement resolution, my project explores the relationships between deep disagreements, structural oppression, epistemic injustice, argumentation, attention, imagination, and perspective change.


I am 25 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). 
left due to a major cut in research funding perpetrated by the current 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.

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

Selected publications

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.

Published Sep. 20, 2021 1:50 PM - Last modified Sep. 12, 2022 12:05 PM