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Margarida Hermida

Dr Margarida Hermida

Research Assistant

  • Jacobsen fellow


I am the current Jacobsen fellow. My postdoctoral research project is on ‘The Physics of Life’ and I aim to study how the philosophy of biophysics can shed light on the relationship between physics and biology, and on the nature of life in the universe. I have a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Bristol, supervised by Samir Okasha, for which I was awarded a scholarship by the British Society for the Philosophy of Science (BSPS). My thesis on ‘The Life and Death of Animals’ developed a new metaphysical view of the nature of organisms and how they persist over time. I also have a PhD in Biology from the University of Porto (Portugal), and previously worked as a marine biologist.

Research interests and PhD supvervision

  • Philosophy of Biology
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Metaphysics


  • Philosophy of Biology
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Bioethics
  • Philosophy of Medicine

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Selected publications

Hermida, M. (2023). Thought experiments, sentience, and animalism. Synthese, 202: 148.

Hermida, M. (2022). Cats are not necessarily animals. Erkenntnis (forthcoming).

Hermida, M. (2022). Natural selection of independently originated life clades. Philosophy of Science, 89(3): 454-470.

Hermida, M. (2016). Life on Earth is an individual. Theory in Biosciences, 35(1): 37-44.