Giovanni Damele

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, IFL, FCSH-UNL
giovanni.damele@fcsh.unl.pt   |   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

Klaus Gärtner, 10 April, 2018, 15.00h to 16.00h

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning RIP Seminar | The Epistemology of…

April 05, 2019

Frank Zenker, 12 March 2019, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Why replication is your problem, too"

March 12, 2019

Steven Gouveia, 13 Feb, 15:00 to 16:00

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning RIP Seminar | "Predictive Processing and…

February 13, 2019

Erich H. Rast, 5 Feb 2019, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Multidimensional ‘better than’"

February 05, 2019

Manuel Garcia Carpintero's talk - 14 December, 2PM - Auditorio Aud. 001, Edif Torre A, Piso -1

Singular Reference in Fictional Discourse?

December 14, 2018

Javier Gonzalez de Prado Salas, 12 Dec, 15:30 to 16:30

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning RIP Seminar | "Regulation, selection and…

December 12, 2018

Chrysi Rapanta, 4 Dec 2018, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Bewilderment as a predictor of different…

December 04, 2018

The Mechanistic Approach in Biology and Cognition (Inter-University workshop), 9h-19h, 20th Nov

An Inter-University Workshop held on the 20th of November organised…

November 20, 2018

Marcin Lewiński. 6 Nov 2018, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Speech act pluralism in polylogues"

November 06, 2018

Felipe Oliveira, 26 October 2018, 11h, Room I&D 006

Reason-giving as an expressive speech act

October 26, 2018

Value Seminar Talk by Rosalice Pinto, 16:00, Sala B1 1.15

Talk by Rosalice Pinto (CEDIS) at 16 o'clock, Sala B1…

October 26, 2018

Erich Rast, 28 September 2018, 11h, Sala 0.06ID

Value Seminar Talk by Erich Rast (IFILNOVA): Reasons for the…

September 28, 2018

Book Launch: Schizophrenia and Common Sense: explaining the relation between madness and social values with Thomas Fuchs

Schizophrenia and Common Sense: explaining the relation between madness and…

June 25, 2018

Workshop: Misunderstanding, disagreement, manipulation

The idea of the workshop is to explore the blurred…

June 22, 2018

Katharina Stevens, 18 June 2018, 14h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Argument-Design through Role-Taking"

June 18, 2018

Workshop: Communication and metaphors for health. An educational challenge

The workshop discusses the importance of communication and metaphors in…

June 01, 2018

Inês Hipólito, 30th May 11:00 - 12:00

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning RIP Seminar |"Perception as Cognition: Beyond…

May 30, 2018

Dima Mohammed, 28 May 2018, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Proposals for the examination of networked…

May 28, 2018

Jakob Krebs, 16 May, 15h to 16h

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning RIP Seminar |"Pictorial Models, Imagination, and…

May 16, 2018

Mehmet Ali Üzelgün, 14 May 2018, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Level, focus, and force of argumentative…

May 14, 2018

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

The 1st European Conference on Argumentation

International Conference | Argumentation and Reasoned Action

June 09, 2015


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