Research Group
in Analytic Philosophy

Ilia Patronnikov

University of Barcelona



Universitat de Barcelona
Departament de Filosofia
C/ Montalegre, 6-8, 4th floor. Office 4090
08001 – Barcelona

Before joining LOGOS research group as a PhD student, I studied in several places and did research in different, somewhat unrelated areas, of philosophy.


I did my BA in philosophy at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, from where I graduated in 2013. There, I was mainly interested in the history of ancient Greek philosophy. More precisely, I looked at several Plato's dialogues, primarily the Parmenides and the Sophist, and examined what implications they have for his theory of ideas, or forms. I concluded that the arguments moved in the two dialogues have wide implications for the theory and made Plato revise many of his earlier assumptions about ideas.


After that, my philosophical interests shifted towards philosophy of mind, and as a result I ended doing my Master's degree at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain at the Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin. At the Mind and Brain, I became increasingly attracted to empirically informed philosophy of mind. My research was mainly focused on the topic of concepts. In my thesis, defended in 2020, I looked at a particular theory of concepts, concept empiricism, and argued that the theory has problems with explaining a systematicity of thought, which is taken by many to be a pervasive property of cognition. My contention was that the reason why concept empiricism has those problems has to do with its view that concepts are highly context-dependent mental representations. If so, the view has to be given up if systematicity is to be explained.


At the moment, I am working on the topic of implicit biases as part of the project Awareness, self-awareness and unawareness: Exploring the perception-cognition-action continuum, headed by Josefa Toribio; my work is supervised by Josefa Toribio and Manolo Martinez, and is supported by an FPI contract. Implicit biases are an interesting subject for philosophical investigation because, despite large amounts of empirical data showing the effects of implicit biases, there is little consensus on their nature – what kind of mental states they are and how they differ from other, more familiar, states like beliefs – as well as on whether one has some kind of access to one's implicit biases. These are among the questions I am currently working on.


Of course I do, and enjoy, other things apart from philosophy. Among them are reading non-philosophical literature, jogging, watching movies and spending time with nice people.