Dr. Marga Vega, PhD
BA in Philosophy, University of Navarra (Spain); PhD, University of Valladolid (Spain).
During her doctoral work in Spain, Prof. Vega collaborated with the Music Department of the University of Valladolid in the creation of the research group SITEM (Interdisciplinary Seminar for Music and Philosophy) that has organized four conferences and published four volumes in the series "Music and Philosophy". She also visited the CLSI of Stanford University in 1999 and UC Berkeley, first as a Postdoctoral Fellow (2001-2003) and then as a Lecturer teaching Philosophy of Mind and The Nature of the Mind (2003-2005). During that time she also assisted Prof. Alan Code teaching Ancient Philosophy and Prof. Paul Skokowski for the Philosophy of Science, and worked with Prof. John Searle in the Philosophy of Language, the Philosophy of Mind and Social Philosophy. She was Assistant Professor at the University of Valladolid where she taught Theory of Knowledge and Music and Cognition until she joined DSPT.
She is currently part of the Social Ontology group at UC Berkeley.
Prof. Vega's main interests are in cognition and the intersection of cognition with other fields like language (metaphor), aesthetics and metaphysics. Other philosophical interests include Aristotle and philosophical anthropology. She has studied the Contemporary Theory of Metaphor and explored its connection with the first theory of metaphor, Aristotle's. She also has proposed a theory of art based on J. Searle's Social Philosophy. Her philosophical style tries to bridge the Analytic and Continental traditions, and, diachronically, the history of Philosophy, especially Ancient, with Contemporary problems.