Josefa Toribio

Universitat de Barcelona


I got my PhD in Philosophy from Complutense University, Madrid, in 1988. I worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at Complutense between 1989 and 1991. I was then awarded a postgraduate fellowship by the British Council to work in the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at the University of Sussex (1991-93). I was Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis (1993-2000), Lecturer in Philosophy in the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at the University of Sussex (2000-2002), Associate Professor at the University of Indiana, Bloomington (2002-2004), and Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh (2004-2008). I joined ICREA in 2009. I am a member of the research group LOGOS (Research Group in Analytic Philosophy) at the UB and also a member of the Barcelona Institute of Analytic Philosophy (BIAP). I have been president of the Spanish Society of Analytic Philosophy (SEFA) between 2010 and 2016.

Research interests

My goal in philosophy has long been the same: to explore the nature of the mind within a naturalistic framework. What is most distinctive of my research is my ongoing effort to respect scientific findings about mental phenomena while insisting on the critical importance of the method of analysis and the theoretical tools provided by analytic philosophy. My current research focuses on the analysis of central topics in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of cognitive science, with a special emphasis on the philosophy of perception and rationally responsive unconscious mental states such as implicit attitudes.

Selected publications

Toribio J 2018, ‘Visual experience: rich but impenetrable‘, Synthese, 195 (8): 3389–3406.

Toribio J 2018, ‘Implicit bias: from social structure to representational format’, Theoria. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 33(1), pp. 41-60.

Selected research activities

Refereed Conference Presentations

-Toribio, J. “Accessibility, implicit biases, and epistemic justification”. 26th Conference of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology (ESPP 2018). Rijeka, Croatia, September 10-13, 2018.
-Toribio, J. “Accessibility, implicit biases, and epistemic justification”. 9th Conference of the Spanish Society for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science. Madrid, November, 13-16, 2018.

Invited Talks

-Toribio, J. “Implicit bias: a challenge for accessibilism?” LOGOS Seminar. January 31st 2018.
-Toribio, J. “Deflating (non)conceptualism: game over”. Workshop on Content and Concepts. University of Barcelona. May 10-11, 2018.
-Toribio, J. “Implicit bias: a challenge for accessibilism?” Workshop “How implicit is implicit bias?”. Centre for Philosophical Psychology. University of Antwerp. May 31st, 2018.
-Toribio, J. “Experience as discrete”. Congrès International Triennal de la Société de Philosophie Analytique, Louvain-la-Neuve. Belgium, July 2-5, 2018. Keynote speaker.

Research Management

-Co-organizer of the First International Workshop on Content and Concepts, funded by “The Complexity of Perception: A multidimensional approach”, MINECO FFI2014-51811-P. Barcelona, May 10-11, 2018.
-Collaborator of the Spanish State Research Agency (“Agencia Estatal de Investigación). Mind, Language and Thought (Philosophy).

MA dissertations directed:

-Ruy Schneider (CCiL 2017-2018): Why do we need nonconceptual content?
-Tamara Juburi (CCiL 2017-2018): Implicit Bias: Applying Leslie’s theory of generics towards a new doxastic approach.