Josefa Toribio Mateas

Josefa Toribio Mateas

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 research activities

2022-2026: Philosophy of Social Cognition. MICINN – PID2021-124100NB-I00. PIs: Josefa Toribio and Esa Díaz León.
2022-2026: María de Maeztu. Barcelona Institute of Analytic Philosophy. MICINN – CEX2021-001169-M. PI: Carl Hoefer.
2023-2025: LOGOS (Research Group in Analytic Philosophy). Project: 2021- SGR-00276 AGAUR. Catalan Government. PI: Sven Rosenkranz.
Personnel Grants:
2022-2025: Ilia Patronnikov. PhD Grant. FPI-PRE2019-089063. MICINN.
2022-2024: Daniel Gregory. María Zambrano Post-doc. Ministerio de Universidades.
2024-2027: Lucía González Arias: “Social Cognition”. FPI-PRE2022-104536. MICINN.
Conference Presentations:
Toribio, J. “Seeing Wrongness”. 30th Conference of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology (ESPP 2023). Prague, Czech Republic, 28-31 August 2023.
Invited Presentations
Toribio, J. “Failing to see wrongness”. Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp, Belgium. March 23rd, 2023.
Toribio, J. “Seeing Wrongness”. The 17th International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology (CLMPST). University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 24-29, 2023. Keynote speaker.
Scientific Committees
30th European Society for Philosophy and Psychology Conference (ESPP 2023). Prague, Chez Republic, August 28-31, 2023.
Teaching / Supervising
Lucía González Arias (CCIL 2022-23). TFM: Moral perception: seeing the Good, the bad and the ugly. Defense: 04/07/2023.
MA Cognitive Science and Language (CCiL). Philosophy of Language and Cognition. UB.