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About Amos Nascimento

Prof. Nascimento studied music, social sciences, and philosophy in Argentina, Brazil, the United States, and Germany. He completed his doctorate in Germany, studying with K.-O. Apel, J. Habermas, M. Lutz-Bachmann, and A. Honneth at the University of Frankfurt. He has taught at the Goethe Universität in Frankfurt (Germany), Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba (Brazil), and the University of Washington, Tacoma (USA) and given lectures in various countries in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. His work focuses on critical theory/discourse ethics and its applications to morality and politics (especially human rights and cosmopolitanism) as well as to cultural and environmental issues (ethics and aesthetics). He also works on cultural and philosophical issues related to Europe (especially Germany) and Latin America (especially Brazil).
Areas of Specialization: Philosophy, especially Critical Theory, Discourse Theory and Discourse Ethics (focusing on the works of Juergen Habermas and Karl-Otto Apel).
Applications: Human Rights and Cosmopolitanism, German Philosophy (Kant, Habermas), Latin American Philosophy (Dussel), Applied Ethics, and Environmental Philosophy.
Recently taught classes include "Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Rights" (TPHIL200), "History of Philosophy" (TPHIL358), and "Environmental Ethics (TPHIL456).
Prof. Nascimento has published monographs on "Im Zwielicht der Aufklaerung" (2009) and "Building Cosmopolitan Communities" (2013) and edited various books: "Grenzen der Moderne" (1997), "A Matter of Discourse" (1998), "Brasil: Perspectivas Internacionais" (2001), a special issue on "Kant and cosmopolitanism" for the journal "Impulso" (2004) and "Human Rights, Human Dignity, and Cosmopolitan Ideals" (with Matthias Lutz-Bachmann, forthcoming). He has also published various articles on the subject of his research.
Nascimento is a member of the Board of Directors of the Tacoma World Affairs Council and member of several national and international organizations in the areas of philosophy, environmental studies, and education.


Present Associate Professor, University of Washington Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

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