academic bio

I am not interested in philosophy since I remember. I started with some engineering and then moved to economics. I am interested in philosophy since I discovered it could be a ‘bridge’ discipline between disciplines. Later on, I was introduced to a more interesting idea: Philosophy can be regarded as a ‘fundamental’ discipline. So, I begun with economics and shifted to this journey with the notion that it would be interesting and somehow fundamental. Although I am currently not so sure about the fundamentality of philosophy, I am indeed sill interested in exploring the field.

I was introduced to analytic philosophy in a rather conventional way with explorations to the mystery of the Frege-Russell-Wittgenstein trinity. I then explored some ideas in the hermeneutic tradition and, finally, ended up working on inferentialist-leaning ideas in the Pittsburgh-style philosophy of language. This was in Medellín with Víctor Hugo Chica.

I went to Cali for my MA, and explored the exciting world of contemporary analytic epistemology with a neo-pyrrhonian vein with Mauricio Zuluaga’s seminar. Although I worked on Wilfrid Sellars’ metaphilosophy for my dissertation, an important turning point for me was working in a graduate seminar with Maite Ezcurdia and Ricardo Mena at the Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas (UNAM). Here, I went back, so to speak, to my origins in the philosophy of language and begun working on a project intersecting with epistemology.

Currently my main project is on simplified reasoning. More specifically, I’m interested in asking what are the normative sophistications of varieties of simplified reasoning and whether or not these can be rational. For example, the representativeness heuristic has been deemed irrational both in the specialized research drawing from psychology and more widely in non-specialized circles. Is representativeness a type of simplified reasoning? And if so, can it be rational?

In my last professional experience, I worked with non-philosophers at Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, where I lectured on informal logic to future English teachers. This experience introduced me to the intricacies of communicating ideas of obvious philosophical importance to people outside the field. Also, I am more and more convinced about the importance of communicating philosophical ideas to non-philosophers in such a way that the whole experience of learning can be enriched. At the beginning of 2019, along with an anarchic theater ninja that hosts all kinds of crazy projects, I hosted a public philosophy ‘gym’.