Research Group in Analytic Philosophy

Gemma Celestino

Ph.D. in Philosophy (University of British Columbia), M.Sc. in Linguistics (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), DEA in Cognitive Science and Language (Universitat de Barcelona)
Gemma Celestino


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Departament de Lògica, Història i Filosofia de la Ciència

Universitat de Barcelona

Carrer Montalegre, 6. Despatx 4012.

Barcelona 08001

(0034) 93 403 75 14

I am both a philosopher and a linguist. I work as a researcher at the LOGOS research group and an instructor at the Logic, History and Philosophy of Science Department of the Universitat de Barcelona.

I did my PhD at the Philosophy Department of the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) under the supervision of Dom Lopes, Jeff Pelletier and Ori Simchen. My doctoral dissertation was entitled "Reference Through Demonstration: Singular Terms, Propositional Attitude and Fiction". The examiners in the defense were Ken Craig (Psychology, UBC), Genoveva Martí (Philosophy, Western Ontario University), Adam Morton (Philosophy, UBC), Jeff Pelletier (Philosophy and Linguistics, U. Alberta), Hotze Rullmann (Linguistics, UBC) and Ori Simchen (Philosophy, UBC).

I recently finished a research master in Linguistics at the Department of Translation and Language Sciences of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra: Master in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. For my master's thesis I carried out an experiment in phonetics in which I studied several phonetic traits that mark those prosodic breaks we make in our oral speech to structure it into intonational units that, among other things, further determine meaning. My supervisor was Juan María Garrido (GLiCom, UPF).

I obtained "Llicenciatura" ( BA) in Philosophy and "DEA" (≈ Research Master) in Cognitive Science and Language (under the supervision of Manuel García-Carpintero ) at the Universitat de Barcelona, and moved to Canada after winning a "la Caixa" fellowship to pursue graduate studies there.

As a graduate student I visited the University of Stirling, the Universidad de Buenos Aires, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Oxford, and attended several international summer schools in Analytic Philosophy and Linguistics in Università degli studi di Parma, Université Paris-Sorbonne, NYU Florence and Universität Hamburg.

I taught in the University of British Columbia, Oxford's Magdalen College School, Oxford's College of International Education, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Universitat de Barcelona, both as Teaching Assistant and Instructor. The courses I taught are Introduction to Logic, Introduction to Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Biomedical Ethics, Philosophy of Literature, Philosophy of Art, Spanish, Linguistics II and Philosophy of Language. I enjoy teaching and so I also took several courses and workshops on how to teach in the Universitat de Barcelona, the University of British Columbia, the University of Oxford, and International House. I also have the CELTA from Cambridge University.

I specialize in Philosophy of Language and Metaphysics, but my main philosophical interests also include interests in Formal Semantics, Aesthetics / Philosophy of Art, Linguistics in general (especially Phonetics and Phonology), Political Philosophy, Ethics and Epistemology.