CFUL was founded in 1989 with the following goals: (a) promoting excellence in research by supporting the production of ground breaking, wide spanning philosophical investigation; (b) providing a dedicated environment for the advanced training of graduate students and early career researchers; (c) fostering interdisciplinary cooperation with other humanities and sciences, e.g. cognitive science, environmental studies and jurisprudence; (d) allowing the awards of philosophy to reach beyond academic circles, engaging broader audiences in philosophical enquiry.
Since its foundation, CFUL’s activities have been centred on three main lines of research: (i) research on core issues in the fundamental areas of philosophy; (ii) translation and commentary of the classic works of the western philosophical tradition; (iii) reflection on societal challenges.
These lines of research are now implemented by three research groups: (1) History of Philosophy (HPhil); Language, Mind and Cognition (LanCog); Practical Philosophy (Praxis). In each of these groups, the research is carried out in order to:
– Promote high-standard research in Portugal;
– Edit and publish rigorous translations of classical philosophical works, together with original research on these works;
– Stimulate and support research by CFUL members by the publication of monographic studies, as well as by supporting the submission of papers to peer-reviewed journals, and the presentation of papers in international colloquia, conferences, seminars, courses, workshops or discussion panels;
– Connect Portuguese philosophy researchers with their international peers, by means of partnerships with internationally acknowledged research groups, and via the publication of four philosophy journals (Disputatio, Philosophica, Phainomenon, and philosophy@lisbon);
– Provide young researchers (mainly PhD students and holders of Postdoctoral positions) with the opportunity to start investigation in research teams and projects under the supervision of senior researchers, thus supporting their first steps in research and improving their working conditions.