Diogo Pires Aurélio

Diogo Pires Aurélio is a researcher of the Institute for Philosophy of Language at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, at which he is also Professor of Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Law.

Since 1982, he has been teaching in the areas of Philosophy, Politics and Communication, at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities / Universidade Nova de Lisboa, as well as lecturing at the Catholic University of Portugal (since 1998) and some other universities and academic centers, both in Portugal and abroad. He was a Visiting Professor at the universities of Santiago de Compostela (1989) São Paulo (USP, 1999, 2001) and Rio de Janeiro (Federal, 2010). As a researcher, he headed the research project Global Justice and International Terrorism (PTDC/FIL/68987/2006 - FCT: 2007-2010), funded by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, and is a member of the research teams of the ongoing projects Post-national sovereignty: The European Union path towards a political identity (PTDC/FIL-ETI/108287/2008) and Scepticism and Conservatism (PTDC/FIL-FIL/112953/2009).

Diogo Pires Aurélio authored 11 books ( published in Portugal, some of them also in Brazil), co-authored one and edited 15. His recent publications include Terrorism: politics, religion and literature (co-ed., Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011); Sovereign Justice: Global Justice in a Word of Nations (co-ed., Berlin /New York, Walter de Gruyter, 2011); Um fio de nada. Ensaio sobre a tolerância (São Paulo, Martins Fontes, 2010); Representação política (Lisboa, Livros Horizonte, 2009); Razão e Violência (Lisboa, Prefácio, 2007). As a translator of classics of Political Philosophy (Spinoza:TTP and TP; Machiavelli, The Prince), he was awarded the Prize for Scientific and Technical Translation into Portuguese Language by FCT and União Latina, 2009, and a Honorable Mention in the same Prize, the same year.

Besides his academic activities, Diogo Pires Aurélio was a journalist (1974- 1986), Director of Information at the Portuguese Broadcasting Radio Network (RDP:1979-1980), founder and director of Prelo, a cultural magazine (INCM:1983-1990), member of the board of the Portuguese Mint and National Print Office (INCM:1989-1995), president of the Portuguese National Commission for UNESCO (1998-2002) and Director of the Portuguese National Library (2002-2005). Since 2006, he has been a consultant to the President of the Portuguese Republic.

He earned a BA in Philosophy from the University of Lisbon, and a PhD in Modern Philosophy from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, with a dissertation on Spinoza’s Political Thought, supervised by Prof. Fernando Gil.