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Pilar Lopez-Cantero

Research interests

Emotions, love and friendship, ethics, political philosophy.

PhD thesis

‘Reasons for loving and reasons of love’

I am developing a view on romantic love which brings together the theories of narrative identity and romantic identification, as a basis for investigating the possibility of a rational assessment of loving relationships. Besides from a foundational research on theories of emotions and romantic love, my work includes insight from philosophy of mind (theories of self) and philosophy of action (shared agency). Aside from the main project, I also write on other topics that can be informed by the research on the nature love, such as bioethics or cosmopolitanism.



Caring for Strangers: Can Partiality Support Cosmopolitanism? [forthcoming]. Diacritica: Filosofia e Cultura, 30 (2). Braga: Centro de Estudos Humanisticos da Universidade do Minho.

Conferences and presentations

  • “The break-up check: testing theories of love in relationship terminations”. Annual conference of the European Philosophical Society for the Study of Emotions. University of Athens, June 2016.
  • “Can’t dope me love: why neuroenhancement should not be used to avoid divorces”. Worldly Matters: 6th International Graduate Conference. Central University Budapest, April 2016.
  • "Caring for Strangers: Can Partiality Support Cosmopolitanism?" VI Meetings on Ethics and Political Philosophy. University of Minho (Braga), June 2015.

Other information

My research is generously supported with an internal award by the School of Social Sciences at The University of Manchester.
Before embarking on my PhD I did the MSc in Philosophy (Specialization in Ethics) at the University of Edinburgh, finishing in 2014.
Previously, I had a career as a journalist in several countries, with a special interest on human rights.