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

Assimakis Tseronis, 16 October 2017, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Multimodal Argumentation: Building Bridges between Argumentation…

October 16, 2017

Andrés Soria Ruiz, 13th October 2017, 11h

Talk by Andrés Soria Ruiz, Institut Nicod | Fr. 13.10.2017…

October 13, 2017

Andy Clark, 13th October 2017, 16:15.

Andy Clark on Expecting the World: Prediction, Action, and the…

October 13, 2017

Workshop on Legal evidence and argumentation

The workshop aims at exploring the notion of expert-based evidence…

October 11, 2017

RIP Seminar with Rob Clowes, 4th October 2017 at 16h.

Mind & Cognition RIP Seminar on Material Agency and Strong…

October 04, 2017

Marcin Lewiński, 2 October 2017, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Disagreeing, misunderstanding and strawmanning"

October 02, 2017

Sérgio Mascarenhas, Trumping Truth, 16:00 Sala 606 Torre B

Value Seminar Talk by Sérgio Mascarenhas (CEDIS-FDUNL) on "Trumping Truth"

September 29, 2017

Anna Ciaunica, The Touched Self, 16:30 - 18:00

Mind & Cognition Seminar: The Touched Self: Proximal Intersubjectivity and…

September 19, 2017

Values in Argumentation – Values of Argumentation, 28-29 June 2017

International conference

June 28, 2017

Dima Mohammed, 30 May 2017, 10h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "The multiple issues in a public…

May 30, 2017

Marianne Doury, 16 May 2017, 10h

ArgLab Research Colloquium} "The argumentative reference to the rule of…

May 16, 2017

David H. Zarefsky, Monday 8 May 2017, 12h


May 08, 2017

Henrike Jansen, 2 May 2017, 10h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Strategic manoeuvring in the judge’s argumentation…

May 02, 2017

Andrea Ruggeri, 18/20 April 2017, 10h

1st IFILNOVA Conference on Political and Moral Philosophy

April 18, 2017

Argumentation and energy policies: Theoretical considerations, empirical results

ArgLab International Workshop

March 30, 2017

Robert Clowes, 21 March 2017, 10h

ArgLab Research Colloquium

March 21, 2017

Larry S. Temkin, 7 March 2017, 10h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Rethinking the Good—A Small Taste"

March 07, 2017


Faculdade de Direito Universidade Nova de Lisboa