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 2022, 'Responsibility for implicitly biased behaviour: A habit-based approach', Journal of Social Philosophy, 53: 239–254.  

Selected research activities


2022-2026: María de Maeztu. BIAP. MICINN - CEX2021-001169-M. PI: Carl Hoefer. € 2.000.000.

2022-2026: Philosophy of Social Cognition. MICINN - PID2021-124100NB-I00. € 68.050,40. PIs: Josefa Toribio and Esa Díaz León.

2019-2022: Awareness, self-awareness, and unawareness: exploring the perception-cognition-action continuum. MICINN. PGC2018-095909-B-100. PI

Personnel Grants

  • 2021-2025: Ilia Patronnikov. PhD Grant. FPI PRE2019-089063. MICINN € 95.400.
  • 2022-2024: Daniel Gregory. María Zambrano Post-doc. Ministerio de Universidades. €99.500.

Invited Presentations

  • Toribio, J. “Hábitos nocivos: Sesgos implícitos y responsabilidad”. Universidad de Murcia. March 9th, 2022.
  • Toribio, J. “Accountability, answerability, and blame: Concepts in flux”. Workshop on Alessandra Tanesini’s, The Mismeasure of the Self: A Study in Vice Epistemology (OUP, 2021). Amsterdam, June 23-24, 2022.
  • Toribio, J. “Do we control what we think? Biases and prejudices of the habitual self”. Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de Bellvitge (IDIBELL). Barcelona, September 30th, 2022.
  • Toribio, J. “Los prejuicios y perjuicios del yo habitual”. Red Iberoamericana de Filosofía. November 4th, 2022.

Research Management

  • Organizer of the 29th edition of the SIUCC. Invited speaker: Susanna Siegel. Barcelona, June 1-3, 2022. 

Scientific Committees

  • Essay Prize SWIP-Analytic (Spain).
  • 3rd Joint Conference SPP-ESPP. 
  • X Conference of SEFA. 

Teaching / Supervising

  • Daphne Bernués (CCiL 2021-22). TFM. Finding the agent: Two potential solutions to the disappearing agent problem. Co-directed with Joshua Shepherd. Defense: 06/07/2022.
  • MA Cognitive Science and Language (CCiL). Philosophy of Language and Cognition. UB. 


  • Toribio, J., “¿Controlamos lo que pensamos? Los prejuicios y perjuicios del yo habitual”. Barcelona PENSA, Barcelona, November 16th, 2022.