Josefa Toribio

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 2019, ‘Visual Categorization’, In Brian Glenney and José Filipe Pereira da Silva (Eds.) The Senses and the History of Philosophy. Oxford: Routledge, pp. 292–307.

Selected research activities


  • 2019-2021: Awareness, self-awareness, and unawareness: exploring the perception-cognition-action continuum. MICINN. PGC2018-095909-B-100. €60.500. PI + 1 PhD position.

MA dissertations directed:

  • Beñat Esnaola (CCiL 2018-2019): Does state conceptualism make sense? A contentualist approach to nonconceptualism. Defense: 12/09/2019.

Conference Presentations (Refereed)

  • Toribio, J. “Sesgos y accesibilismo”. V Congreso Iberoamericano de Filosofía. UNAM, Mexico, 17-21 June, 2019.
  • Toribio, J. “Implicit bias and the fragmented mind”. 27th Conference of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology (ESPP 2019). Athens, Greece, 5-8 September, 2019.

Invited Presentations

  • Toribio, J. “Prejuicios y psicología social”. Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science. University of the Basque Country. Donostia / San Sebastián, March 28, 2019.
  • Toribio, J. “Fragmentationalism and implicit biases”. Keynote speaker at the Conference on Bias and Automaticity. Dortmund. October 7-8, 2019. Keynote speaker.
  • Toribio, J. “Implicit Bias: Affects and responsibility”. Keynote speaker at the IX Congress of the Spanish Society for Analytic Philosophy. Valencia, November 21-23, 2019.

Outreach Activities

  • Toribio, J., “Prejuicios: de la psicología social a la reflexión filosófica y viceversa” Sociedad Catalana de Filosofía. Grup De Filosofia Analítica. Instituto de Estudios Catalanes (IEC). March 20th, 2019.