José Eduardo Porcher

José Eduardo Porcher is mainly interested in ways philosophy can learn from, and contribute to, the study of psychopathology. He was previously a Research Fellow at the Jesuit School of Philosophy and Theology (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) from 2017 to 2019 and at the Federal University of Paraná (Curitiba, Brazil) from 2015 to 2017. He received his BA, MA, and PhD from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil).

Project at RCPR:

His current project aims at offering a response to the challenge of demarcating benign and pathological religious beliefs, relying on results from cognitive science concerning the acquisition and transmission of cultural beliefs, on the one hand, and theories of the folk detection and attribution of mental disorders, on the other. His working hypothesis is that even though some religious beliefs may seem as strange as the most florid clinical delusions, our folk epistemology can readily recognize that they are not the product of mental dysfunction due to the fact that their acquisition and transmission is embedded within a cultural context.