Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Post-doctoral Research Fellowship: MSCA-IF 2017 at the Department of Philosophy Department I

    01/09/2018 12:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Project Office
    Promotion & Advisory Unit

Professor María José García-Encinas, from the Department of Philosophy Department I at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF) in this university. Applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (more information in the participant guide: http://sl.ugr.es/097k).

My main research interests are in Metaphysics: causation, properties, relations, identity, and personal identity. I am a trope theorist, a singularist concerning causation, and I try to maintain a sort of narrative approach to personal identity, in tune with the project above. In this last respect, in a non-mentalist approach to personal identity, this is better defined as action, where every action is an event whose occurrence is someone’s responsibility. Agent responsibility, which defines action, is the kind of responsibility that justifies reward and punishment. This means that action is, always, defeasible and socially sanctioned. On the other hand, I am also working on the role of intuition in Metaphysics, in a more general sense. I defend the possibility of a kind of a priori cognition that serves the purposes of Metaphysics, given that Metaphysics involves the search for modal knowledge. Necessary or, better, modal knowledge is a priori; so metaphysical knowledge is likewise a priori. I maintain that phenomenological intuition is the route to modal knowledge in Metaphysics, insisting that conceivability or knowledge of conceptual truths does not lead towards the modal realm of Metaphysics. See my main papers at:


This is a brief description of the project where I actually belong:

The general goal of this project is to offer an adequate theory of the mental phenomenon known as “inner speech”. This phenomenon can be roughly described as the experience that someone has of being silently speaking, or hearing, to herself. The aim of such a theory would be not only to characterize properly the phenomenon itself but to address several problems in the fields of metacognition and of theories of personal identity. The study of inner speech can be placed within the general context of the relation between language and thought, so that a better understanding of the former would already provide some advance in a traditional philosophical problem. However, our aims are more specific than this, given that we assume that inner speech is involved in cognitive and metacognitive processes, which we want to elucidate. Our view is that metacognition is tightly interconnected to social abilities of mindshaping, and not so much with accessing prepackaged mental states. Consequently, the regulating capabilities of inner speech can be studied in connection with other behaviour and mental regulation mechanisms, not very different from those that regulate social interaction at large. Last, our aim is also to provide a moderate narrative view of personal identity, i.e., a non-trivial explanatory space in-between the extremes of constructionist views that regard the self as virtually a literary form, and episodic views that allow no role whatsoever for narratives in identity building.


Research Area:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor (encinas@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)