Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
Margarita Vega, PhD
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Curriculum Vitae



PhD, University of Valladolid (Spain)

BA, University of Navarra (Spain)

Margarita Vega, PhD

Associate Professor of Philosophy

I hope students at DSPT get both a global view to provide context for philosophical problems and a microscopic lens to dissect particular topics. Our courses offer students the opportunity to acquire wide philosophical competence and exposure to specialized research. The student’s personal work in this regard is an essential component for her specialization. By the end of their program, I expect students to be knowledgeable about how the philosophical tradition relates to contemporary research, comfortable enough to switch languages and create translation devices between often incommensurable philosophical systems, and to feel competent to continue the philosophical discussion with a personal contribution.

I have worked in the theory of metaphor, studying Aristotle (with emphasis on his theory of metaphor and the relation between his biology and his metaphysics); the pragmatic aspects of science, the relation between music and philosophy, and the cross of scientific theories and musical models. My different alma maters have granted methodological influences from the Continental, Analytic Philosophy and the Aristotelian-Thomistic traditions, and my teaching assignments and research project have provided a background in an array of philosophical fields (Philosophy of Science, Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Nature, Aristotelian Logic, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy for Theology), all united by my interest in metaphysics and epistemology. 

Lately I have written on Searle’s Biological Naturalism (BN) and how Aristotle’s understanding of the mind could help with the accusations of property dualism that BN faces. Continuing my interest in aesthetics and my participation in the Berkeley Social Ontology Group around John Searle, I have proposed an ontology for understanding what counts as art. In the same path of setting ontologies straight, I have written a critique of what contemporary philosophy of mind understands to be the ontology of the mental and an alternative platform that sets the basis for an architecture of the mind.

My favorite philosophical topic is the topic of nonintentional content and abilities, which is what lies behind the apparently diverse philosophical interests like metaphor, aesthetics, philosophy of being, and theory of the mind. I am currently studying the history of the notion of personhood and contemporary understandings of it, in particular the version proposed by the Spanish philosopher Leonardo Polo.

I am a member of the Berkeley Social Ontology Group, The American Philosophical Association, and SITEM - Seminario de Estética Musical, España.

Current DSPT course information and syllabi
Course descriptions and information for all GTU member schools

Past courses taught by Marga Vega, PhD:

Metaphysics (PH-2050)
Theory of Knowledge (PH-1065)
Metaphysics Seminar (PH-4002)
Philosophy of Mind (PH-4710)  
Philosophy Writing Seminar (PH-4585)


Aristotle and Metaphor (Aristóteles y la metáfora), 2004

Book Chapters

“Thought, Language and Reality in Metaphora as Praxis”

[“Pensamiento, lenguaje y realidad en la praxis metafórica". Verdad, bien y belleza, Pérez-Ilzarbe, P. y R. Lázaro eds., Cuadernos de Anuario filosófico, 1999, n. 103, pp. 63-72.]

“Time and Creativity in Twentieth Century Classical Music: A Retrospective View from Philosophy”

[“Temporalidad y creatividad en la música contemporánea: una visión retrospectiva desde la Filosofía”, 2001, El tiempo en las músicas del siglo XX, Glares-Sitem, Valladolid, pp. 33-46.]

“Rationality of Metaphor and Musical Meaning”

[“La racionalidad de las metáforas y el significado musical”, Música, lenguaje y significado, Glares-Sitem, Valladolid, pp. 115-126, 2001.]

“Metaphors in the Teaching of Vocal Singing”

[“Metáforas en la enseñanza de la técnica vocal cantada”, Música, lenguaje y significado, Glares-Sitem, Valladolid, 2001, pp. 271-282. (María José Egido Langarita Co-author).]

“National Identity and Subjectivity at the End of the Nineteenth Century Philosophy in Spain”

[“Identidad nacional y subjetividad en el pensamiento español de fin del siglo XIX”. Pensamiento español y música: Siglos XIX y XX, Glares- Sitem, Valladolid, 2003, pp. 69-81.]

“The Autonomy of Art and Postmodernity”

[“Autonomía del arte y Postmodernidad” Arte, música y sacralidad, ed. Susana Moreno Fernández, Glares-Sitem, Valladolid 2006, pp. 149-167.]

Book Editions and Prefaces

Time in the Music of the 20th Century
[El tiempo en las músicas del siglo XX, Glares-Sitem, Valladolid, 2001,

204 pgs. “Introducción”, pp. 9-11]

Music, Language and Meaning

[Música, lenguaje y significado. Glares-Sitem, Valladolid, 2001, 296 pgs. “Introducción”, pp. 11-14]

Human Reason and Scientific Reason: Bridging Gaps between Science and Society

[Razón humana y razón científica: tendiendo puentes entre ciencia y sociedad. Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Valladolid, 230 pgs., 2001.]

Spanish Philosophy and Music: 19th and 20th Centuries
[Pensamiento español y música en torno a un cambio de siglo: XIX y XX.


Glares-Sitem, Valladolid, 175 pgs., 2003.]

“Cognitive Foundations of Philosophy after Modern Philosophy”

[“El soporte cognoscitivo de la filosofía en la posmodernidad" Anuario Filosófico. Vol. XXIX/2, 1996, pp. 1061-1075.]

“Metaphorizing: Between Calculative Reason and Intuitive Reason”

[“La actividad metafórica: entre razón calculante y razón intuitiva”, Espéculo, Revista de estudios literarios, no 10, noviembre 1998- febrero 1999, pp. 1-6.]

“Metaphors of Interaction in Aristotle”

[“Metáforas de interacción en Aristóteles", Espéculo, Revista de estudios literarios. no 11. Universidad Complutense, marzo-junio 1999, pp. 1-9.]

“Aristotle and the Contemporary Theory of Metaphor”

[“Aristóteles y la teoría contemporánea de la metáfora”, Gárgolas. Revista de Filosofía del departamento de Filosofía, Lógica y Filosofía de la

Ciencia, Teoría e Historia de la Educación de la Universidad de Valladolid, pp. 176-187, 2000.]

“Time and Discourse within Postmodern Philosophy”

[“Tiempo y narración en el marco del pensamiento postmetafísico”, Espéculo, Revista de estudios literarios (cuatrimestral, 1139-3637). no 18, Universidad Complutense, julio-octubre 2001, año VII, pp. 1-19.]

[Reprinted: Ensayo y Error. Revista de Educación y Ciencias Sociales, año XI, no 23, 2002, pp. 69-90, ISSN: 980-288-018-3.]

“Universalism and Communicative Action”

["Universalismo y acción comunicativa", Espéculo, Revista de estudios literarios (cuatrimestral, 1139-3637). no 19, Universidad Complutense, noviembre-febrero 2001, año VII, pp. 1-19.]

“Speech Acts and Universal Pragmatics in J. Habermas”

[“Actos de habla y pragmática universal en J. Habermas”, Espéculo, Revista de estudios literarios (cuatrimestral, 1139-3637, pp. 1-8).]

Publications in Progress

“Metaphora in the light of De Interpretatione”, in consideration for Ancient Philosophy.
“The Ontology of Art”, in press Beatrice Kobow ed, Germany
“What Is the Mark of the Mental? Polo’s Retrieval of Aristotle’s Energeia”, in Studia Poliana.

“Habitual Knowledge of God” in consideration for Nova et Vetera. “Can Biological Naturalism be fixed”? submitted.

“Metaphora and Hexis” “The Phronesis of Language” 


  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Ancient Philosophy: Aristotle
  • Ontology of Art and Aesthetics
  • Metaphysics
  • Personhood
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