Giovanni Damele

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, IFL, FCSH-UNL   |   Go to Website 

Academic Degrees

PhD (Università degli Studi di Torino, 2006).
MA (Università degli Studi di Torino, 2000).


Research Interests

Philosophy of law; philosophy of politics; modern and contemporary history; history of political thought; law and literature; argumentation theory; rhetoric.


Current research projects

Legal argumentation: an eclectic approach (SFRH/BPD/68305/2010) – FCT-funded individual post-doctoral project.

Argumentation, Communication and Context (PTDC/FIL–FIL/10117/2009) – FCT-funded institutional project in ArgLab. 


Latest Publications


Articles in Peer Review Journal

  • Damele, G. (2014). As origens não são (apenas) um mito. O “argumento psicológico”: entre a letra da lei e a vontade do legislador. In “O direito”, IV, 2014, pp. 945-960
  • Damele, G. (2014). Notas sobre o papel da retórica nas teorias da argumentação jurídica. In “Revista Brasileira de Filosofia”, vol. 240, pp. 222-238
  • Damele, G. (2014). Uma resposta dialétic. In “Revista Brasileira de Filosofia”, vol. 240, pp. 244-248
  • Damele, G. (2014). La teoria elsteriana dei dibattiti costituenti alla prova. In “Diritto Pubblico” 1/2014, pp. 137-166
  • Damele, G. (2014). La ruche: une “métaphore vive” du discours politique. In “Philosophy Today”, Vol. 58:4 (Fall 2014), p. 679-695

Book Chapters

  • Macagno, F. & Damele, G. (2015). The Hidden Acts of Definition, in M. Araszkiewicz, K. Pleszka (eds.), Logic in the Theory and Practice of Lawmaking, Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 225-251
  • ​Damele, G. & Pallante, F. (2014). A proteção multinivel dos direitos. Quantidade é sinónimo de qualidade? in A. Marques, P. Barcelos (eds.), Direitos Fundamentais e Soberania na Europa. História e Atualidade, Coloquia, Lisboa, pp. 247-274 -available here
  • Damele, G. (2014). Analogia Legis and Analogia Iuris: An Overview from a Rhetorical Perspective, in H. Jales Ribeiro [ed.], Systematic Approaches to Argument by Analogy, Springer, Dordrecht
  • Damele, G. (2013). Legal Certainty in Europe. The Legal Pluralism and the Argumentative Practices of the European Court of Justice, in G. De Angelis, P. Barcelos (eds.), The Charter of Fundamental Rights: Its Implementation and Political Meaning, Ten Years Later, Peter Lang, Frankfurt, pp. 157-172.
  • Damele, G. (2013). Liturgie processuali a confronto: rito accusatorio e rito inquisitorio come paradigmi spettacolari, in G. Vitiello (ed.), In nome della legge. La giustizia nel cinema italiano, Rubettino, Soveria Mannelli, pp. 35-48.

Conference Proceedings

  • (2015) “The Bearable Ambiguity of the Constitutional Text – Arguing, Bargaining and Persuading in the Italian Constituent Assembly”, 1st European Conference on Argumentation: “Argumentation and Reasoned Action”, Lisbon, Portugal 9-12 June
  • (2015) “Argumentation, negotiation and persuasion in constitution-making processes”, International Conference “Building Consensus. Rhetoric between Democracy and Conflict”, Palermo, April 15-18. With F. Pallante.
  • (2014) Invited speaker. “The a simili  argument as a rhetorical device”, 1st International Workshop for Methodologies for Research on Legal Argumentation (MET-ARG). Kraków, Poland, December 10.
  • (2013) “Analogia legis  and analogia iuris : A comparison from a rhetorical perspective”, International Colloquium “The Role of Analogy in Argumentative Discourse”, Coimbra, May 3-4
  • (2012). “The dialogical force of implicit premises. Presumptions in legal enthymemes”. International Conference on Alternative Methods of Argumentation in Law (Brno 25 October). With F. Magagno.


See full CV here


All Events

Virtualism and the Mind: Rethinking Presence, Representation and the Self

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning Workshop "Virtualism and the Mind"

April 23, 2018

João Leite, 16 April 2018, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "An Online Social Debating System"

April 16, 2018

Klaus Gärtner, 20 Mar, 2018, 14.30h to 15.30h

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning RIP Seminar |"4E Cognition: Radical or…

March 20, 2018

Javier Gonzalez de Prado Salas, 19 March 2018, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Reasoning as a self-doubter"

March 19, 2018

Erich Rast, 16.3., Sala 1.05 ID, 16h

Value Seminar Session with Erich Rast, Sala 1.05 ID 16h

March 16, 2018

Value Seminar Marcin Lewiński, Sala 105 ID 16h

Value Seminar with Marcin Lewiński, Sala 1.05 ID 16h

March 09, 2018

Value Seminar Dima Mohammed, Sala 105 ID 16h

Value Seminar with Dima Mohammed, Sala 1.05 ID 16h

March 02, 2018

Paul Smart, 28 Feb, 2018, 17h to 18h

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning RIP Seminar |"Dream Machines: Predictive Processing,…

February 28, 2018

Maciej Witek, 5 March 2018, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Illocution and accommodation in the functioning…

February 20, 2018

Paula Olmos, 19 February 2018, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Narratives in Scientific Justificatory Practice"

February 19, 2018

Stéphane Dias, 5 February 2018, 17h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Communicative agency - an enterprise in…

February 05, 2018

Discussing Davidson Colloquium, 26 JAN 2018, 10:30 - 18:00

International colloquium | The philosophy of Donald Davidson

January 26, 2018

Andri Christodoulou, 11 Dec 2017, 16h30

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Using argumentation as a tool for…

December 11, 2017

Elisabetta Montanari, 27 Nov 2017, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Learning Consistency Via Argumentation"

November 27, 2017

Dina Mendonça, Fr 27 Nov 17 Sala 606 TB, 16h

Dina Mendonça on the Role of Reflexivity and Meta-Emotions in…

November 24, 2017

The 1st European Conference on Argumentation

International Conference | Argumentation and Reasoned Action

June 09, 2015


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