Research Group in Analytic Philosophy

Josefa Toribio

ICREA Research Professor

Universitat de Barcelona 

Josefa Toribio


E-mail: jtoribio AT icrea.cat
Departament de Filosofia
Universitat de Barcelona
Montalegre, 6-8, E-08001 Barcelona

Curriculum Vitae

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I am an ICREA Research Professor at the University of Barcelona. I got my PhD in Philosophy from Complutense University, Madrid, in 1988. I worked as Assistant Professor in the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at Complutense between 1989 and 1991. I was next awarded a postgraduate fellowship by the British Council to work in the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at the University of Sussex (1991-93). I have been, since then, Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis (1993-2000), Lecturer in Philosophy in the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at the University of Sussex (2000-2002), Associate Professor at the University of Indiana, Bloomington (2002-2004), and Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh (2004-2008). I joined ICREA in 2009. Between 2010 and 2016, I was the president of the Spanish Society of Analytic Philosophy (SEFA). I am currently the PI of a grant funded by MINECO on the philosophy of perception.


Research interests: My current research focuses on the complex relations between perceptual experiences, beliefs, and mental actions, and covers three different but related topics: (i) the content of perceptual experiences, in particular the issue of the kind of justification that perceptual experiences provide for beliefs; (ii) the notion of belief and its epistemology; and (iii) the nature and epistemology of mental actions and how they relate to agency.


Selection of Publications

  • Josefa Toribio. 2018

    "Implicit bias: from social structure to representational format"

    (forthcoming) Theoria. An Internation Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
  • Josefa Toribio. 2017

    "At the border between perception and cognition: An interview"

    Niin & Näin, Filosofinen Aikakauslehti, 3, pp. 60–67
  • Josefa Toribio. 2016

    "Visual experience: rich but impenetrable"

    Synthese, DOI 10.1007/s11229-015-0889-8
  • Josefa Toribio. 2015

    "Opacity, know-how states, and their content"

    Disputatio, 7(40): 61–83
  • Josefa Toribio. 2015

    "Social vision: breaking a philosophical impasse?"

    Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 6(4): 611-615

    DOI: 10.1007/s13164-015-0257-0

  • Josefa Toribio. 2014

    "Cognitive Impenetrability and the Content of Early Vision"

    Philosophical Psychology, 27(5): 621–642.
  • Josefa Toribio. 2013

    “Is there an ‘ought’ in belief?”

    Teorema, 32(3), pp. 75-90.

  • Josefa Toribio. 2013

    “Positing a space mirror mechanism: intentional understanding without action?”

    Journal of Consciousness Studies, 20 (5-6), pp. 121-193.

  • Josefa Toribio. 2012

    “Michael Dummett (1925-2011)” 

    Teorema, 31 (1), pp. 163-169. 
  • Josefa Toribio. 2011

    “What we do when we judge”

    dialectica, 65 (3), pp. 345-367. 

  • Josefa Toribio. 2011

    “Compositionality, Iconicity and Perceptual Nonconceptualism” 

    Philosophical Psychology, 24 (2), pp. 177-193.
  • Josefa Toribio. 2010

    “The Animal Concepts Debate: A Metaphilosophical Take”

    Teorema, 29 (2), pp. 11-24.

  • Josefa Toribio. 2009

    “Does seeing red require thinking about red things?” 

    Think, 8 (22), pp. 29-39.

  • Josefa Toribio. 2008

    “State versus Content: The Unfair Trial of Perceptual Nonconceptualism”

    Erkenntnis, 69 (3), pp. 351-361.
  • Josefa Toribio. 2008

    “How Do We Know How?” 

    Philosophical Explorations, 11 (1), pp. 39-52.

  • Josefa Toribio. 2007

    “Nonconceptual Content” 

    Philosophy Compass 2/3, pp. 445–460
  • Josefa Toribio. 2003

    “Free Belief”

    Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 2 (2), pp. 327-336.

  • Josefa Toribio. 2002

    “Perceptual Experience and Its Contents”

    The Journal of Mind and Behavior, 23, (24), pp. 375-392.

  • Josefa Toribio. 2002

    “Mindful Belief” 

    Theoria. A Swedish Journal of Philosophy, 68 (3), pp. 224-249.

  • Josefa Toribio. 2002

    “Modularity, Relativism, and Neural Constructivism”

    Cognitive Science Quarterly, vol. 2 (1), pp. 93-106.

  • Josefa Toribio. 2002

    “Semantic Responsibility” 

    Philosophical Explorations, 1, pp. 39-58.
  • Josefa Toribio. 2001

    “Normativity: The Hard Problem” 

    Kognitywistyka i media w edukacji (Cognitive Science and Media in Education), 1 (1), pp. 67-86. Reprinted in Theoria et Historia Scientiarum, vol. IX, 2003 / 2.

  • Josefa Toribio, A. Clark. 2001

    “Sensorimotor Chauvinism?”  Commentary on O’Reagan, J. Kevin and Noë, Alva, “A Sensorimotor account of vision and Visual Consciousness”

    Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 24 (5), pp. 979-980.

  • Josefa Toribio. 1999

    “Extruding Intentionality from the Metaphysical Flux”

    Journal of Experimental and Theoretical AI, 11, 1999, pp. 501-518.

  • Josefa Toribio. 1999

    “Meaning, Dispositions, and Normativity” 

    Minds and Machines, 9 (3), pp. 399-413.

  • Josefa Toribio. 1999

    “Naturalism and Causal Explanation” 

    Communication and Cognition, 32 (3/4), pp. 243-258.

  • Josefa Toribio. 1998

    “The Implicit Conception of Implicit Conceptions. Reply to Christopher Peacocke”

    Philosophical Issues, 9, pp. 115-120.

  • Josefa Toribio. 1998

    “Meaning and Other Non-Biological Categories” 

    Philosophical Papers, 27 (2), pp. 129-150.

  • Josefa Toribio. 1997

    “Pulp Naturalism” 

    Il Cannocchiale, Rivista di Studi Filosofici, 2 [special issue on Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science], pp. 185-195.

  • Josefa Toribio. 1997

    “Twin Pleas: Probing Content and Compositionality”

    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 57, (4), pp 871-889.

  • Josefa Toribio. 1997

    “Ecological Content ”

    Pragmatics and Cognition, 5 (2), pp. 257-285.

  • Josefa Toribio. 1995

    “Ruritania and Ecology: Reply to Ned Block”

    Philosophical Issues, 6, pp. 188-195.

  • Josefa Toribio, A. Clark. 1994

    “Doing without Representing?” 

    Synthese, 101, pp, 401-431.

  • Josefa Toribio. 1991

    “Why There Still Has to Be a Theory of Consciousness”