Institute's research fellows

  • Dr Claudia Vanney

    Director

    Claudia Vanney holds PhD degrees in physics (Universidad de Buenos Aires) and in philosophy (Universidad de Navarra). She is full professor of physics, the director of the Philosophy Institute, and member of the governing board of Universidad Austral (Argentina). Her main research interests refer to the interdisciplinary dialogue, including issues in philosophy of science (e.g. models and scientific theories), in philosophy of physics (e.g. interpretations of quantum mechanics) and in science and religion (e.g. randomness in nature and divine action). She was the director of several interdisciplinary research projects, such as Determinism and Indeterminism: From Science to Philosophy in Spanish Speaking Academia. She is one of the editors of the Spanish Interdisciplinary Dictionary in Science, Philosophy and Theology. Prof. Vanney is the author of many publications in physics and in philosophy, includingPrincipios Reales y Conocimiento Matemático (Pamplona: EUNSA, 2008). In 1993, 1994 and 1995 she received the Scientific and Technology Prize from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. She has been visiting scholar at Universidad de Navarra (Spain) and at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom). Prof. Vanney is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of ZygonArborStudia PolianaNaturaleza y Libertad and Quaerentibus.

  • Dr Belén Mesurado

    Sub-Director

    Belen Mesurado has a degree in Psychology (Universidad del Norte Santo Tomás de Aquino), and a PhD in Psychology (Universidad Nacional de San Luis). She is an Independent Research Fellow of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) based at the Philosophy Institute. She works on issues related to Positive Psychology, focusing on the study of family and psycho-emotional factors in promoting prosocial behaviors. She developed studies on optimal experience (flow) linked to the promotion of pro-social activities and academic commitment in childhood and adolescence.

  • Dr Ignacio Silva

    Research Fellow

    Ignacio Silva holds a DPhil in Theology and an MSt in Science and Religion from the University of Oxford (UK). He also has a License degree in Philosophy from the Universidad Católica Argentina. He is the author of “Indeterminismo en la Naturaleza y Mecánica Cuántica: Wener Heisenberg y Tomás de Aquino” (Eunsa 2011), editor of “Latin American Perspectives on Science and Religion” (Pickering&Chatto 2014), and author of numerous journal articles in his field. He was Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College and the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion (University of Oxford), with projects on special divine action, and on science, philosophy and theology in Latin America. He joined the Instituto de Filosofía in 2018, where he continues his research on human and divine providence. Dr Silva is member of the International Society for Science and Religion, and member of the scientific and advisory boards of several international academic journals, such as Scientia et FidesStudium. Filosofía y TeologíaQuaerentibus. Teología y Ciencias, y TheoLogica.

  • Dr Juan Francisco Franck

    Research Director

    Juan F. Franck has a PhD in philosophy (Internationale Akademie für Philosophie, Liechtenstein) and has done post-doctoral research in the US, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. He has published “From the Nature of the Mind to Personal Dignity” (CUA Press 2006) and a number of specialized articles. Between 2005 and 2010 he held a research position at Universidad Católica Argentina, where he focused on the problem of embodiment and on topics of the Theory of Knowledge. He joined the Institute of Philosophy in 2012 and focused on the Philosophy of Neurosciences. In his presentations and writings he tries to integrate different viewpoints (classical, modern, phenomenological, analytic) in order to approach the philosophical problems raised by the neurosciences. He also teaches Modern Philosophy at Universidad del Norte Santo Tomás de Aquino.

  • Dr Olimpia Iris Lombardi

    Research Fellow

    Olimpia Iris Lombardi is an Electronic Engineer from the UBA Faculty of Engineering, Bachelor and Doctor in Philosophy from the UBA. She is a Principal Researcher of CONICET in the area of Philosophy, with an orientation in Philosophy of Science.

    Her specialty is the philosophy of physics and chemistry, areas of very little development in our country. She currently leads a research group dedicated to the philosophy of the particular sciences (physics, chemistry, biology, formal sciences), within the framework of which several CONICET researchers have been trained, as well as numerous thesis students and fellows from both the country and others Latin American countries. The group has an intense research activity (publications and presentations to academic events) and a strong national and international presence.

  • Dr Juan José Sanguineti

    Research Fellow

    Juan José Sanguineti has a PhD in Philosophy (Universidad de Navarra, Spain). He is Professor of Philosophy of Knowledge at the School of Philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome). He has published fifteen books and nearly a hundred scientific articles on theory of knowledge, philosophy of science, philosophy of nature, philosophy of mind and the neurosciences. He was Director of the Scientific Committee of the Project STOQ III (Rome, 2007-2010, University of the Holy Cross, area of Neurosciences). He regularly delivers graduate courses and seminars at different universities in Latin America. He is ordinary member of the Pontifical Roman Academy of Saint Thomas and of the Sociedad Tomista Argentina. He is a member of the scientific committee of the journal Acta Philosophica (University of the Holy Cross).

  • Ivana Anton Mlinar

    Research Fellow

    Ivana Anton Mlinar has a PhD in Philosophy from the National University of Cuyo – UNCuyo (as a grantee from DAAD in the Husserl-Archiv of the Cologne University, Germany). She is a Junior Researcher at the National Council of Scientific and Technological Research (CONICET) and she is Professor of Philosophy of Language at the UNCuyo. She is director of the journals Philosophia and Revista de Fenomenología y Ciencia Cognitiva (with Jethro Masís). She directs the research project “Fenomenología y neurociencias: perspectivas en torno a la empatía” (UNCuyo) [Fenomenology and Neuroscience: Perspectives on Empathy]

  • María José Ferreira Ruiz

    Research Fellow

    María Ferreira Ruiz has a degree and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Buenos Aires, and studied her doctorate with a grant from CONICET. She works in philosophy of biology, mainly, in the theses of parity, the problem of causal selection, and informational ascriptions in biology, but also in natural classes, and dispositional properties. She has published and presented her research both regionally and internationally. Currently, she is completing a postdoctoral stay at the University of Geneva, which will continue at the University of Bielefeld.

  • Sebastián Fortin

    Research Fellow

    Sebastian Fortin has a degree and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Buenos Aires, and a Ph.D. in Epistemology and History of Science from the National University of Tres de Febrero. He is a Researcher at CONICET and Head of Practical Works in the Physics Department of the Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires. He specializes in the philosophy of physics, in particular quantum mechanics. He also works in philosophy of chemistry.

  • Federico Holik

    Research Fellow

    Federico Holik is a Doctor in Physics. He defended his Doctoral Thesis at the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). He did postdoctoral stays at the La Plata Physics Institute (Argentina) and at the Paris Diderot University (France). He is currently a CONICET Researcher at the La Plata Physics Institute.

  • Martín Labarca

    Research Fellow

    Martín Labarca is Doctor in Social and Human Sciences (National University of Quilmes), Bachelor in Chemistry (National University of La Pampa) and Professor of Chemistry (Higher Institute of Teacher Training N ° 45, Buenos Aires). He is an Independent Researcher at CONICET. He was a Visiting Researcher at universities in Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. He specializes in philosophy of chemistry, an area in which he has published papers in internationally known philosophical, scientific, and chemistry education journals. He is a member of the Southern Cone Association for Philosophy and History of Science and the International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry.

  • Marcelo Losada

    Research Fellow

    Marcelo Losada has a degree and a doctorate in Physical Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). He did postdoctoral stays at the University of Buenos Aires and at the Università degli Studi di Cagliari (Italy). He works on the fundamentals of quantum and quantum information, mainly on quantum story formalisms and on the interpretation of quantum mechanics.

  • Juan Camilo Martínez González

    Research Fellow

    Juan Camilo Martínez is a professor of Chemistry (Francisco José de Caldas District University, Bogotá-Colombia) and a Doctor of History and Epistemology of Sciences (National University of Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires-Argentina). He currently serves as secretary of the international society for the philosophy of chemistry and as a postdoctoral fellow with the support of the national council for scientific and technical research (CONICET). His area of work is the philosophy and history of chemistry, in particular covalent bond models, electronegativity scales, and the quantum-mechanical description of molecular structure.

Associate fellows from other faculties at UA

  • Ignacio Aguinalde

    Research Fellow

    Ignacio Aguinalde Sáenz has a degree in Philosophy and in Psychology, both from Universidad Católica Argentina. He is author of an introductory study to and an annotated translation into Spanish of Thomas Aquinas’ commentary on Aristotle’s On generation and corruptionThe principles of nature, and other cosmological opuscula (Eunsa, 2005), and of the book Psychology(EDUCA 2009). He has collaborated with research projects of the University of Navarra. His areas of interest are the philosophy of nature, epistemology and cognitive psychology. He teaches Philosophical Anthropology and Statistics at the Biomedical School of Austral University. At present, he is at the end stage of his doctoral thesis on John Searle’s philosophy of mind.

  • Mariano Asla

    Research Fellow

    Mariano Asla has a degree in Philosophy (Universidad Católica Argentina) and a PhD in Philosophy (Universidad de Navarra). He wrote the book “La gramática moral universal: ¿Una aproximación cognitivista a la ley moral?”[Universal Moral Grammar. A cognitive approach to natural law?] published by EUNSA. He is an Associate Professor of Philosophical Anthropology and Ethics at the School of Biomedical Sciences at the Universidad Austral. He is author of the book “La gramática moral universal” (Universal Moral Grammar. A cognitive approach to natural law?), published by EUNSA. He is also a member of the Board of Ethics in Medicine (CAEEM) of the National Academy of Medicine. His research focus is philosophical naturalism, especially in areas such as cognitive science of morality and religion, and philosophy of pain, as well as the human universals and innatism.

  • Soledad Paladino

    Research Fellow

    She has a degree in Nursing from the Austral University, a degree as Surgical Instrumenter from the Italian Hospital (Buenos Aires) and a PhD in Theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome). She is the author of the book “Theonomous Autonomy and Participated Theonomy. Towards an understanding of just moral autonomy from “Veritatis splendor”.” published in EDUSC. She works as Professor of Ethics and Theology at the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of the Austral University. She is currently developing a research project on the ethical issues of the use of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and health care.

  • Ignacio Garay

    Research Fellow

    He is Professor and Graduate in Philosophy from the Argentine Catholic University and has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Navarra (Spain) with a thesis on “The Ontological Argument in German Rationalism (Leibniz, Wolff, Baumgarten, Crusius and Precritical Kant)” . He currently works as a professor of Anthropology and Ethics at the Austral University and UCA and of Philosophy and Music at the Arrayanes School. He is co-author of the manual “Logic for Benavídez” and has taught Speech and Logic courses at the UCA, the General Sarmiento National University, schools and companies since 2006.

Associate fellows to research projects

  • Florencia Daura

    Associate Research Fellow

  • Santiago Resett

    Associate Research Fellow

    He graduated in Psychology from the Argentine Catholic University, he graduated in Educational Sciences and as Professor in Educational Sciences from the National University of Entre Ríos. He has a PhD in Psychology from the Argentine Catholic University. He is Assistant Researcher of the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET). Professor at the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa, the Universidad Católica Argentina and the Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos. Author of numerous scientific publications, books, book chapters and presentations to national and international scientific conferences. His research area is the socio-emotional development of adolescents and emerging adults, bullying, cyberbullying, grooming, trolling, cyberstalking and the problematic use of new technologies, such as bullying and psychopathy in people deprived of their liberty.

Research assistants

  • María Emilia Oñate

    Posdoctoral Research Fellow

    María Emilia Oñate has a degree and a PhD in Psychology from the Universidad Católica Argentina. Since 2009 she has been a professor of Personality Psychology at the Universidad Católica Argentina and since 2017 she is a professor at the Thesis Workshop at the University of Cuenca del Plata. She is a postdoctoral fellow at the Austral University and the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET). Her research works deal with study variables of Positive Psychology, Personality, Psychology of Religiosity and Spirituality and Cognitive Psychology of Religion and Theory of Mind.

  • María Paulina Guerra

    Research Assistant

  • Carina Daniela Hess

    Research Assistant

    (Español) Licenciada en Psicología por la Universidad Católica Argentina. Becaria Doctoral de CONICET con sede de trabajo en el Instituto de Filosofía de la Universidad Austral.
    En su tesis doctoral trabaja temáticas relacionadas a la Psicología Positiva, como la empatía, la prosocialidad, el control del yo y la resiliencia del yo en adolescentes.
    Docente de la Facultad “Teresa de Ávila” de la Universidad Católica Argentina.
    Investigadora del Centro de Investigación Interdisciplinar en Valores, Integración y Desarrollo Social (CIIVIDS), perteneciente a la Facultad “Teresa de Ávila” de la Universidad Católica Argentina. Allí investiga sobre aspectos vinculados a la Psicología del Desarrollo, la abuelidad y la amistad.

  • Fátima Soledad Schönfeld

    Research Assistant

    (Español) Licenciada en Psicología por la Universidad Católica Argentina. Becaria Doctoral CONICET con sede de trabajo en el Instituto de Filosofía de la Universidad Austral.
    Docente de la Facultad “Teresa de Ávila”, Universidad Católica Argentina.
    Investigadora del Centro de Investigación Interdisciplinar en Valores, Integración y Desarrollo Social (CIIVIDS), de la Facultad “Teresa de Ávila”.
    Estudia temáticas vinculadas a los adolescentes en el ámbito educacional, desde el enfoque de la Psicología Positiva, como las necesidades psicológicas básicas, el capital psicológico y el engagement. También investiga sobre aspectos vinculados a la Psicología del Desarrollo y el fenómeno de la abuelidad.

  • María Candela Tortul

    Research Assistant

    (Español) Licenciada en Psicología por la Universidad Católica Argentina y Becaria Doctoral CONICET con sede de trabajo en el Instituto de Filosofía de la Universidad Austral.
    Se desempeña como docente en la Facultad “Teresa de Ávila”- UCA: Catedra Psicología Social y Comunitaria en la carrera Lic. en Psicología.
    Es Investigadora del Centro de Investigación Interdisciplinar en Valores, Integración y Desarrollo Social (CIIVIDS) de la Facultad “Teresa de Ávila”- UCA
    En su tesis doctoral investiga temáticas vinculadas al ámbito educacional en estudiantes universitarios, desde el enfoque de la Psicología Positiva, entre ellos: Compromiso Académico, Autoeficacia, Grit (perseverancia y pasión por alcanzar metas a largo plazo), Flow y Eustrés. También ha participado en investigaciones acerca del Perdón en adolescentes y jóvenes.

  • Austral-Templeton Scholars

    15 PhD and 10 MA Students

    – Andrea Álvarez Hermida (Venezuela)
    – María José Buteler (Argentina)
    – Miriam Berrios Garaycochea (Perú)
    – María Guadalupe Calleja Cantú (México)
    – Leonardo Caviglia Grigera (Argentina)
    – Hilda Leticia Cervantes Barragán (México)
    – Carlos Esteban Cuervo Mesa (Colombia)
    – María Echevarría (Argentina)
    – Gonzalo Alejandro Flores Castro Lingan (Perú)
    – Manuel Abraham Galicia González (Mexico)
    – Camilo Andrés Garzón Martínez (Colombia)
    – Manuel Alejandro Gutiérrez González (México)
    – Mario Alejandro Haro (Argentina)
    – Juan Pablo Jorge (Argentina)
    – Juan Agustín Larraín Correa (Chile)
    – David Luis Matto Neyra (Perú)
    – María Del Rocío Méndez Del Portal (Perú)
    – Janina Del Rocío Navarro Linares (Perú)
    – Martín Obligado (Argentina)
    – Gustavo Riesgo (Argentina)
    – Juan Pablo Roldán (Argentina)
    – José María Tejedor (Argentina)
    – Elaisa María Varela (Uruguay)
    – Marco José Vásquez Moscoso (Colombia)
    – Catalina María Velasco Suárez (Argentina)