Zamora, Jesus


Jesus Zamora

Born in Madrid (1963). PhD in Philosophy (1993) and Economics (2001), in both cases from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He is full professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science in the Faculty of Philosophy of the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED, Madrid), since 2008, where he teaches philosophy and history of science. Previously, he was associate professor in the same faculty (since 2002), and teaching fellow at the Department of Economics of Universidad Carlos III (Madrid). He also was high school teacher of philosophy and economics sicne 1988, and has made research and teaching visits to the universities of Helsinki, Aix-en-Provence and Konstanz, as well as the CNR in Rome.

His main field of research is the philosophy of science, analysing the problem of the rationality of scientific knowledge from diverse points of view, e.g., Popper’s idea of ‘verisimilitude’ as ‘approximation to the truth’, or the analysis of the interactions of scientists (amongst themselves, or with other social agents) in game-theoretic terms, where epistemic and practical rationality necessarily interact. He has also worked on questions of philosophy of social science, and currently is one of the members of the steering committee of the European Network of Philosophy of Social Sciences.

He has published many papers in some of the most prestigious philosophy of science journals. His first academic publication was “Truthlikeness without Truth” (Synthese, 1992). Other relevant papers are “Optimal Judgment Aggregation” (Philosophy of Science, 2007), “Science Studies and the Theory of Games” (Perspectives on Science, 2007), “Credibility, Idealization and Model Building” (Erkenntnis, 2009), “The nature of co-authorship” (Synthese, 2014), and “Collective Actors without Collective Minds” (Philosophy of Social Sciences, 2015). He is also co-editor of the book The SAGE Handbook of the Philosophy of Social Sciences (2011).

He is also author of some books about philosophy and economics of science in Spanish, as, for example, La lonja del saber (2003), Ciencia pública – ciencia privada (2005), La caverna de Platón y los cuarenta ladrones (2011), y Sacando consecuencias (2017), besides the mystery novel Regalo de Reyes (2015).

Science and philosophy popularisation is other of his main activities. He has coordinated the MA degree on Scientific Journalism and Communication at UNED since its creation in 2006, as well as the web DivulgaUNED, and also participates in many other courses about science communication, as well as in social networks and blogs, as for example, the web Mapping Ignorance (Cátedra de Cultura Científica – University of the Basque Country), and his own blog A bordo del Otto Neurath, which was the philosophy blog most visited in Spanish.