Ana Marta González


Date of Birth 23 October 1969
Place Ourense, Spain
Nomination 30 June 2016
Field Moral Philosophy
Title Associate Professor


Most important awards, prizes and academies
Ana Marta González is Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy, at the University of Navarra, where she teaches ethics courses both at the graduate and the undergraduate level. She is also researcher and Scientific Director of the Institute for Culture and Society, an interdisciplinary research center set up in 2010 in the same University. She is the Director of the Master Program in Research in Social Science, coordinated from this Institute. In 2002 she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct a post-doctoral research at Harvard, on “Nature, Culture and Morality in Kant’s practical philosophy”. In 2003 she became a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy of Thomas Aquinas. In 2004 she became the Academic Director of the “Culture and Lifestyles” branch of the Social Trends Institute, where she has led many international and interdisciplinary experts-meetings on contemporary cultural topics. Since 2006, under the national program of research funded by the Spanish Government, she has been leading several research projects to explore the relationship between moral philosophy and the social sciences: Razón Práctica y Ciencias sociales en la Ilustración escocesa (Ref. HUM2006-07605), Filosofía Moral y Ciencias Sociales (Ref. Micinn, FFI2009-09265), “Acción, emoción e identidad. Elementos para una teoría de las sociedades tardo-modernas”, Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad. (Ref. FFI2012-38737-C03-01), Vínculos, emoción e identidad (FFI2015-67388-P).


Summary of scientific research
Her current research is focused on fundamental ethics and the relationship between moral philosophy and social sciences. After a preliminary work on the relationship between “nature and dignity in Robert Spaemann” (published in 1996) she wrote her dissertation on “Morality, nature and reason in Thomas Aquinas” (published in 1998), for which she was awarded the Extraordinary Prize of Doctorate and a Research Prize awarded by Caja Municipal de Pamplona. Since 1998 she keeps a research line open around practical reason, dignity and natural law. However, from that year onwards, her research has evolved in two additional lines: a) the relationship between morality, nature and culture in Kant’s practical philosophy, which was the topic of her post-doctoral research at Harvard; b) the relationship between moral philosophy and social sciences, with a particular interest on the relationship between agency, emotions and identity.


Main publications
Among her most recent publications: Articles: “The Pending Revolution: Kant as a Moral Revolutionary” (Filosofija Sociologija 2017); “In search of a sociological explanation for the emotional turn” (Sociologia, problemas e praticas, 2017); “ “Semejanzas estructurales entre la tradición de la filosofíamoral y la teoría social de Durkheim” (Pensamiento, (2016); “Emoción, sentimiento y pasion en Kant” (in Trans-Form-Açao, 2015), “La filosofía kantiana como filosofía de la cultura” (in Isegoria, 2014), “Kant on history”, (in Estudos Kantianos, 2014); “Kant’s philosophy of education: between systemic and relational approaches” (Journal of Philosophy of Education, 2011), “Norma moral y cambio social. La aproximación de los filósofos” (in Acta Philosophica, 2011), “Kant and a culture of freedom” (Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie, 2010), “Kant’s contribution to social theory” (Kant Studien 2009). Books: La ética explorada (Eunsa, 2016, 2ed), La articulación ética de la vida social (Comares, 2016); Sociedad civil y normatividad. La teoría social de David Hume (Dykinson, 2013), The Emotions and Cultural Analysis (Ashgate, 2012), Culture as mediation. Kant on nature, culture, and morality (Olms 2011), Contemporary perspectives on natural law (Ashgate, 2008). Book chapters: “Secularización y desplazamiento de lo sagrado” (in Flamarique & Carbonell, La larga sombra de lo religioso. Secularización y resignificaciones, Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2017); ”The Recovery of Action in Social Theory” (in Alznauer & Torralba (eds), Theories of Action and Morality (Hildesheim-Zürich-New York: Georg Olms Verlag, 2016) “Humean Keys for Social Theory: From Natural Circles of Sympathy to the Formation of an Impartial Moral Judgment” (en A. Vigo (ed.): Oikeiosis and the Natural Bases of Morality, Olms 2012). Among the publications resulting from her leadership at the Social Trends Institute: Joseph E. Davis & Ana Marta González, To fix or to heal. Patient Care, Public Health and the Limits of Biomedicine (New York University Press, 2016); Ana Marta González & Craig Iffland, Care professions and globalization. Theoretical and practical perspectives (Palgrave, 2014); Ana Marta González & Laura Bovone (eds), Identities through fashion. A multidisciplinary approach (Berg 2012); Ana Marta González & Florence Oloo & Laurie De Rose (eds), Frontiers of globalization. Kinship and family structures in Africa (Africa World Press, 2011); Ana Marta González & Victor Seidler (eds), Gender Identities in a globalized world (Humanities Press, 2008).


Professional address

Departamento de Filosofía
Universidad de Navarra
Pamplona 31080 (Spain)


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