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Jaume Casals, numerary member of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans

[08/07/11]

On 27 June the Plenary of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC) approved the appointment of Jaume Casals to the Philosophy and Social Science Department as numerary member. Jaume Casals is currently chairman of the Study Board and executive deputy chairman of the Fundació Privada Institut d'Educació Contínua of the UPF.

Jaume Casals i Pons (Barcelona, 1958) gained a doctorate in Philosophy from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona,  with a doctoral theses on The Philosophy of Montaigne, with which he won the extraordinary doctorate award for 1984 i, des del 1980, and has devoted himself to teaching in the field of philosophy and mathematical logic.

After practising as a lecturer at the UAB, since 1995 he has taught the History of Ideas, and has been a professor of the same subject in the Humanities Department of the UPF since 2003. He was a member of the Barcelona Professional Philosophy Association (1980-1990) and director of the Institut d'Humanitats de Barcelona, as well as guest lecturer at the Université Paris VII (Denis Diderot) (1996).

At the UPF, he has held the posts of vice chancellor of Postgraduate and Doctorate courses (2001-2005), of vice chancellor of teaching staff (2005-2007) and dean of the Humanities Faculty (2000-2001). He is currently chairman of the Study Board and executive deputy chairman of the Fundació Privada Institut d'Educació Contínua of the UPF.

Apart from co-editing the journal Avenç, he collaborates to and is a member of the editorial board of various scientific international journals devoted to renaissance literature.

He is author of a considerable number of philosophical works consisting of books, articles, chapters of collective works and contributions to works by leading classical, modern and contemporary thinkers.  He has translated and edited works by Montaigne, Montesquieu, Berkeley and Bergson, among others. Some of his most representative works are La Filosofía de Montaigne (1986) , L'experiment d'Aristòtil (1992) , El pou i la paraula. Una història de la saviesa grega (1996) and, most recently, El aprendizaje de la muerte en la historia de las ideas (2010).

His main lines of research are the following : the history of ancient and modern philosophy, the Greek beginnings of contemporary rationality, the conflict between tongue and language and, most recently, the genealogy of contemporary humanism.

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