Research Group "Democratic Studies"

CNPQ / Brazil

Warm Institution: Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul

Coordinator: Marta Rios Alves Nunes da Costa

Email: nunesdacosta77@gmail.com


Repercussion of the working group

The purpose of this Research Group is to dedicate itself exclusively to the theme of democracy and its unfolding. We intend to develop projects that articulate the perspectives of political theory with political philosophy, ethics, political science, sociology, law and psychology, with a double concern:

1.Articulation between democratic theories and practices;

2. Comparison between different models and instantiations, with special attention to the Brazilian context. Within the theoretical perspective we explore: theories of democracy; conceptualizations of representation, participation and democratic political deliberation; democracy and its 'Others'; the dangers of democracy; democracy and justice; relationship between freedom, equality and fraternity; the traditions of liberalism and republicanism in their historical evolution, the relationship between violence, power and the constitution of democratic subjectivity, among others. From a practical perspective, we explore: social movements, political participation and activism, participatory and deliberative mechanisms, etc.

Research lines

1. Critics of Capitalism

The aim of this line of research is to explore the relationship between democracy and capitalism, from a critical perspective. Some of the authors studied are  Marx, Weber, Lukacs, Simmel, Polanyi, Habermas, Harvey, Boltansky, Hardt and Negri, Jameson , among others.

2. Democracy and the question of gender

The purpose of this research line is to explore the relationship between democratic ideals and the question of gender. It seeks to identify the conditions that lead to the perpetuation of injustices and a logic of male domination that is necessarily male and masculinized. Our aim is to deconstruct the discourses that are said to be 'democratic' but which contribute to the strengthening of the status quo of injustice, inequality and discrimination.

Activities in progress:

1. Extension project titled "Women in Philosophy". (2016-2019)

3. Democratic Justice

The aim of this research line is to identify the ways in which the conceptualization of the relation between freedom, equality and fraternity ('hard core' of democracy) affects and transforms the concept and practices of justice. Considering that our irreducible starting point is, like Rawls, the democratic perspective, we want to analyze part of the criticism of Rawls, especially the criticisms directed by second and third generation authors of the Frankfurt school.

4. Democratic Theories and Practices

The aim of this line of research is to look at the articulation between theory and practices of democracy, from specific national contexts and comparison between them. Special attention is given to the invention of participatory and deliberative mechanisms and to the way in which the three democratic dimensions of representation, participation and deliberation relate and manifest themselves.

Activities in progress:

1. Extension project entitled "Rodas Democráticas" (2017-2019)

5. Democracy and Civil Disobedience

The purpose of this line is to understand how the history of philosophy and political theory can help us to understand the dynamics of contemporary democracies, marked by a generalized context of a crisis of representation, lack of participation and diffusion of political actors in a transnational order that often forces us to question the limits and conditions of possibility of the democratic project.

Activities in progress:

1. Research project titled "Right to rebellion? Limits and expectations of contemporary democracies "

2. Reading group.



Alessandro Ferrara

He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of California System (1984). He is currently Full Professor of Political Philosophy at Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata. Has experience in Philosophy, with emphasis in Political Philosophy.

Since 2007 she has been a member of the

Seminars on religion and politics held at Bilgi University in Istanbul under the auspices of

Reposition of the Association - Dialogues of Civilizations.


CV Lattes: http://lattes.cnpq.br/6202863763111097

Alessandro Pinzani

Associate Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy of CFH at UFSC (Florianópolis) and 1D researcher at CNPq. Master in philosophy from the University of Florence (Italy), PhD (2004) in philosophy at the University of Tübingen (Germany). He is the director of the Kantian Research Center (CIK) and a member of the editorial board of several scientific journals. He is the director of the Kantian Research Center (CIK) and a member of the editorial board of several scientific journals.


CV Lattes: http://lattes.cnpq.br/5498671040366171

Amaro Fleck

Professor of philosophy at the Federal University of Lavras, Minas Gerais. He holds a degree, a master's degree and a doctorate from the Federal University of Santa Catarina. Research critical theory of society, especially the social theory of Karl Marx and Theodor Adorno.

CV Lattes: http://lattes.cnpq.br/3711507246901721

Carla Milani Damião

Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, Federal University of Goiás (FAFIL-UFG). Member of the faculty of the Postgraduate Programs "Visual Arts and Culture" of the Faculty of Arts of UFG and collaborator in the Post-Graduate Program "Languages and Representations" of the UESC. She is the coordinator of the Kinosophia Study Group on Film Philosophy and is currently developing a research on Critical Theory, Gender and Aesthetics.

CV Lattes: http://lattes.cnpq.br/2366404598683251

Emiliano Acosta

Professor of Philosophy at Vrije Universiteit Brussele guest professor at UGent. Member of the Young Academy of Belgium (Flanders), coordinator of the Latin American Society of Fichte (ALEF) and the network of political philosophy "Re-Thinking Europe". Director of Fichte Online and editor of Estud Magazine (i) the ones about Fichte. Areas of concentration: political philosophy and modern philosophy. He develops a research project on the mechanisms of exclusion in cosmopolitan discourses in German Enlightenment discourse and contemporary political philosophy.

CV Lattes: http://lattes.cnpq.br/1201125654893045

Helena Esser dos Reis

Associate Professor at the Federal University of Goiás Faculty and Postgraduate Program in Nucleus Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Post-Graduation Program in Human Rights. PhD (2002) in Philosophy by USP. Develops projects in the area of interlacing civil, social and political rights; interdisciplinarity; Regulation policies of transnational corporations for violation of human rights in Latin America.

CV Lattes: http://lattes.cnpq.br/1045681574037243

Jorge Álvarez Yágüez

PhD in philosophy from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, professor of philosophy at the same university, he collaborates in several research projects with several universities. Some recent books are Michel Foucault, Truth, Power and Subjectivity, Madrid, 1995. Individual, liberty and community.Liberalism and republicanism, La Coruña, 2001, Politics and republic.Aristotle and Machiavelli, Madrid, 2011; El Foucault, Madrid, 2013. He has collaborated in numerous collective books, and edited others, including three books by Foucault; collaborates with several magazines (isegoria, keys, Res Publica, politicacomum, Debats, RIFP, dorsal).


CV Lattes: http://lattes.cnpq.br/7927238475557522

Lawrence Hamilton

Professor of Political Studies at the Witwatersrand (South Africa), and Counselor at the British Academy of Political Theory Research and member of the South African Academy of Sciences. Editor of Theoria Journal - The Journal of Social and Political Theory. He has won several awards for scientific research and has several publications in the areas of concentration on the history of political thought, international political economy, South African political economy politics.  (verhttp://media.withtank.com/712d85204a/cvmay16.pdf

CV Lattes: http://lattes.cnpq.br/4584055771789284

Marta Rios Alves Nunes da Costa

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul. Master in Philosophy (2001) and PhD in Political Science / Political Philosophy (2006) by New School for Social Research. Her areas of expertise are Ethics, Political Theory and Philosophy, Democracy Theories, Modern Philosophy and Contemporary Philosophy. Leader of the research group "Democratic Studies Group; (CNPQ) where he coordinates several extension and research projects.

CV Lattes: http://lattes.cnpq.br/0061251667497011

Ricardo Pereira de Melo

He holds a degree in Economics from the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (2003) and a Master's degree in Philosophy from the State University of Western Paraná (2008) and a PhD in Philosophy from the State University of Campinas (2015). He is currently Associate Professor II at the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul. He has experience in Philosophy, with emphasis on Political Philosophy.

CV Lattes: http://http://lattes.cnpq.br/6736867060595910

Susana de Castro

She holds a degree in Philosophy from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1993), a Master's degree in Philosophy from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1995) and a PhD in Philosophy - Ludwig Maximilian Universität München (2003). She is currently an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department and in the Graduate Program in Philosophy (PPGF) at UFRJ. He has experience in Philosophy, working mainly with the following subjects: ancient metaphysics (esp. Aristotle), philosophy of education, Greek tragedies, neopragmatism, gender studies.

CV Lattes: http://buscatextual.cnpq.br/buscatextual/visualizacv.do?id=K4784415Z0

Thiago Marrara de Matos

He is a professor, graduate and postgraduate, in the areas of administrative, urban, environmental law with the Department of Public Law of the New Law Faculty of USP (FDRP). He holds a doctorate in administrative law from FD (USP), a doctorate in public law from the Ludwig Maximilians Universität (LMU) in Munich, Germany, as well as a master's and bachelor's degree in law from FD (USP). He is the managing editor of the Digital Journal of Administrative Law (RDDA) of USP, coordinator of the Administrative Law Research Group (GDA), organizer of the Administrative Law Research Seminar (SPDA), as well as researcher and member of the Center's deliberative council of Studies on Law and Inequalities (DSBB). As a researcher and consultant, he has worked in the area of ​​administrative law, administrative process and urban law. Visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb (Germany), at the Center de Recherches Administratives, University of Aix-Marseille (France), Faculty of Law, Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain).

CV Lattes: http://lattes.cnpq.br/5001783167154079

Verlaine Freitas

Associate Professor at UFMG and researcher at CNPq. Master's degree (1996) and PhD (2001) in Philosophy by the Federal University of Minas Gerais; has a postdoctoral degree from the University of Windsor, Canada (2011). He is author of the book "Adorno and the contemporary art", besides organizer of other works on aesthetics. Translated texts by German and English-speaking authors. He works mainly on themes: aesthetics, psychoanalysis and mass culture, addressing the works of Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud and Theodor Adorno. He is the author of the blog Refrações (verlainefreitas.blogspot.com). .

CV Lattes: http://lattes.cnpq.br/8054342158614782


Janyne Sattler

Professor at Post Graduate Course on Philosophy, Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC). Ph.D. in Philosophy (Quebec University, Montréal). Researcher at NEFIPO and Institute of Gender Studies (IEG- UFSC). Vice-chair of Research Group on Philosophy and Gender (ANPOF). Colaborator of Post Graduate Course of Philosophy at Federal University of Santa Maria as well as Federal University of Fronteira Sul, Chapecó. Areas of expertise: ethics and aesthetics in Wittgenstein; stoic ethics and virtue ethics; cosmopolitanism; literature and philosophy; gender studies and feminisms.


Fernando Aparecido Nogueira Cunha

Has a degree in History and specialization in Cultural History.
He is currently an academic at the Philosophy course at UFMS.
Research the following topics: Disobedience, History of Philosophy, Ethics and politics.
Acting on the Line of Civil Disobedience and Gender Issues.

Henrique de Faria Guimarães

Henrique holds a bachelor's degree in Law from the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul and currently holds a degree in Philosophy from the same university.


Menssios Leoni Araújo Eloy

Acting on the Line of Civil Disobedience.

Rafael Guedes Jacques.

Lawyer and academic of philosophy of the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul.
Born in Bonito / MS, he graduated in Law from the University for the Development of the State and the Region of Pantanal - Uniderp and chose to study Philosophy in the year 2018, because the dissatisfaction with seeing that individuals in the contemporary world have no interest in substantiating logically his actions made him face such behavior as antithesis of his own positioning in the face of life's dilemmas. He seeks accommodation coherently from his philosophical beliefs and, to this end, considers the GED, under the coordination of Profa. Marta, a very valuable ally

Talita Thomazini Carvalho

Acting on the Line of Civil Disobedience.