Veritas (ISSN Print 0042-3955; Online 1984-6746; Qualis A2) is the first journal of PUCRS (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul), created in 1955, initially, Revista da Universidade, it became, as time went by, Revista do Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas. Currently, it's the first journal of our Philosophy Graduate Program, grade 6 at CAPES evaluation, indexed in the main national and international systems, platforms and databases. The periodical is quadrimestral and receives collaborations (articles, translations or reviews) in the field of philosophy, according to the theme of the respective number or varia.


The Globethics library contains articles of Veritas as of vol. 50(2005) to current.

Recent Submissions

  • Festivity and politics in Rousseau

    de Araújo e Viana Leite, Rafael (Editora da PUCRS - ediPUCRS, 2023-05-05)
    The aim of this paper is to present the connection between aesthetics and politics in Rousseau’s thought. For the present paper, we will analyze firstly the French Enlightenment’s notion of spectacle and secondly the public festivals as it appears in the Letter to M. D’Alembert in order to show aesthetic elements as well as ethical-political in the festivity theory in Rousseau’s philosophy.
  • Nietzsche and Prinz: A compatibilist hypothesis of cognitive and non-cognitive approaches in the philosophy of emotions

    Viesenteiner, Jorge Luiz; F. Apolinário, Vinícius (Editora da PUCRS - ediPUCRS, 2023-04-12)
    The purpose of the text is not only to explain the contribution of Nietzsche’s philosophy to the current debate around the philosophy of emotions, through a theoretical approach to Jesse Prinz’s emotionism – especially the approach of emotions understood as feeling –, but above all to defend the thesis of the compatibility of the cognitive and non-cognitive approach to emotions. Thus, if on the one hand, emotions are accompanied by somatic signals, on the other hand, emotions also represent concerns (Prinz) or evaluations (Nietzsche) about something in the world. The compatibilist thesis helps in solving two serious objections to sentimentalism: the determination of the content of emotions and the individualization of emotional experiences. Maybe this thesis is best understood, furthermore, through the dispositional hypothesis.
  • A comparative analysis of two of Nietzsche’s perspectives about the socratic-platonic concept of good

    Pedroza Vieira, Ricardo (Editora da PUCRS - ediPUCRS, 2023-04-12)
    This essay compares mainly two texts of Nietzsche’s which bare apparently contradictory views about the socratic-platonic concept of Good, namely the posthumous note of NF 1888 14 [146], and the aphorism found in Human, All Too Human, 102. We investigate why Nietzsche makes two such apparently disconnected statements and what it signals about his way of thinking and the concept of perspectivism.
  • Political Order as a Task: Carl Schmitt and German Ordoliberalism

    Lima, Deyvison; Arruda, José Maria (Editora da PUCRS - ediPUCRS, 2023-02-23)
    The article analyzes the work of Carl Schmitt and its influence on German ordoliberalism. This reading key enable us to understand the causes of the crisis of modern institutions and the authoritarian liberalism, including as a source of neoliberal governmentality. The research hypothesis indicates that Schmittian work allows privileged access to the understanding of authoritarian trends as the expression of the exhaustion of modern politics, the rejection of the democracy and the relations between liberalism and political theology. After all, if the economy presupposes an order, this would be a political decision or form, not an economic product. In the first part, it presents the concept of the political as an attempt to achieve Ordnungspolitik in opposition to the absence of a political form; therefore, of authority. In the second part, it evaluates the proposal of the Total State as the result of the transformations of liberalism and the intensification of the political in the age of technique. The conclusion interprets the orderly impulse of ordoliberalism in an attempt to provide an institutional framework to produce and warranty competition through a strong State and illuminates some ambiguities in the relationship between market and State until its neoliberal drift.
  • Beyond Epistemic Paranoia: Graham Harman and Object-Oriented Social Theory (T. S. O. O.)

    Pinho, Thiago (Editora da PUCRS - ediPUCRS, 2023-02-23)
    Object-Oriented Ontology (OOO) is a contemporary philosophical approach widespread in the academic universe, with several heated debates around the globe, but still quite shy when the subject is the field of Social Theory. The purpose of this essay is to understand this point of intersection, often even tension, taking as a starting point Graham Harman’s ideas and their epistemic-ontological implications. As a result, there exists in our investigative horizon a new theoretical atmosphere, a new way of diving into the field of human and social sciences, what will be called here Object-Oriented Social Theory (O. O. S. T.). What are the implications of an O. O. S. T.? What are its advantages over other existing traditions? This and other questions will be answered throughout these pages, at least as a brief appetizer.
  • What Can the Epistemology of History Teach Us about the Knowledge of Faith? An Analysis of the “Interlude” of Philosophical Fragments

    Pich, Roberto Hofmeister (Editora da PUCRS - ediPUCRS, 2023-01-20)
    Through the voice of “John Step-by-Step,” Sören Kierkegaard, in Phi- losophical Fragments, offers a remarkable analysis of how faith presents itself as a means for the apprehension of what cannot be apprehended without paradox – specifically, the absolute truth immersed in history. Even if it does not constitute a systematic outline, it is possible to affirm that there is an “epistemology of faith” in Philosophical Fragments, and this happens in two aspects: i) as a reflection that explains faith as a kind of power of the spirit that produces beliefs and life attitu- des regarding an objective field that has a well-defined metaphysical structure; and ii) as a reflection that explains the processes of what happens with the spirit – with reason, will, and everything else that touches the “organ” of faith – when faith is in place. Through i) and ii), faith is also determined a negativo with regard to knowledge. In order to support this thesis, in the present study we make an exercise in reading and analyzing the “Interlude” of Philosophical Fragments. As a result, we obtain an outline of the philosophical bases of the epistemology of Christian faith as an epistemology of belief in historical truths.
  • Notes on Sartre’s existential psychoanalysis: Does Mallarmé loves a dream?

    Silva, Luciano Donizetti da (Editora da PUCRS - ediPUCRS, 2022-11-21)
    The purpose of this article is to do a reflection about the book Mallarmé – la lucidité et sa face d’ombre, a work in which Sartre discusses the relevance and scope of the existential psychoanalysis. The introduction and the first note, founded in EN, aim to show the situated role of freedom; the second note uses this reading key apply to the existence of the poet Mallarmé; the third note shows the consequences, for all poetry, if the poet’s ‘original choice’ (a situated man) is not considered. Finally, it is about showing the dreamlike character of Mallarmé’s existential project, expressed in his poetry.
  • Normativity as a lifestyle

    Bocca, Francisco Verardi (Editora da PUCRS - ediPUCRS, 2022-11-21)
    This article refers to the concept of “biological normativity” by Georges Canguilhem, historian and epistemologist of the life sciences, based on a critical comparison with scientists and crucial themes from the history of contemporary natural sciences. Scientists such as Erwin Schrödinger and François Jacob, among others, and topics such as order, disorder, entropy, negentropy, catalysis, among others. Such comparison, in addition to clarifying and situating the notion of normativity, supported a reflection on the origin, regime, and destiny of life, in a word, its vitality. As a result, it was possible to consider it from an aesthetic perspective. A result that encouraged the application of the aesthetic point of view to human doing and its social consequences, more than that, it encouraged an expectation, just outlined, of political action in the condition of deviation and singularity, that is, as the exercise of a normative lifestyle in society.
  • On fake news: An exercise in the epistemology of testimony

    Fett, João; Bonhemberger, Marcelo (Editora da PUCRS - ediPUCRS, 2022-11-18)
    The main goal of this paper is to propose a useful conceptual framework for thinking about fake news in testimonial exchanges in complex epistemic environments. The paper shows that, in a social environment strongly marked by diffuse social interactions, in which fake news emerges or can potentially emerge, new epistemic requirements, whether internalistic or externalistic, for acquiring rational belief and knowledge arise. This is also an integrative literature review, which intends to sum up the state of the art in this debate. The paper begins by exploring the phenomenon and the notion of fake news. Then, it examines the impact that the elements arising from the new informational environments have on the epistemology of testimony. It concludes the inquiry with general lessons for the epistemology of testimony, in particular, brought to light by the conceptual framework outlined.
  • Dependency and dynamism in pluralism phenomenological-hermeneutic ontological

    Reis, Róbson Ramos dos (Editora da PUCRS - ediPUCRS, 2022-11-18)
    In this paper, the problem of the unity of determinations belonging to different ways of being in the same entity is addressed. Adopting the ontological pluralism formulated by Heidegger, the unity of the ways of being of organic life and historical existence is considered. Becoming conspicuous in the experience of illness, this unit is explained based on the distinction between composition and constitution. The link between the componential and constitutive determinations is conceived as a relation of ontological dependence, more specifically, of existential dependence. It is shown that the unity of life and existence is intrinsically dynamic: the unified ways of being imply dynamic determinations and the relation of ontological dependence between them is of a processual nature.
  • Hegel and Rawls: A possible dialogue

    Weber, Thadeu (Editora da PUCRS - ediPUCRS, 2022-11-18)
    Considering that Hegel can be placed on the foundations of communitarianism and that Rawls is the legitimate representative of political liberalism, the text intends to show the possibility of a dialogue between them, pointing out common aspects, especially with regard to the theme of international relations. The discussion about the priority of the just in relation to the communitarian conceptions of the good is the central nucleus of the controversy. The aim is to find elements in these authors for the formulation and justification of principles of justice, both for national societies and for the Society of Peoples. This involves an analysis and explanation of the concept of people of the two authors. It also requires a comparative study of the content of the principles of justice and their application to political and social institutions. As the interest falls on Peoples’ Law, a study on the right to war and the conduct of war in the aforementioned authors is necessary. This is intended to indicate that the search for principles of justice that should guide this conduct (Rawls), as well as political and social institutions (Hegel), have History as a common source.
  • Unseen beauty: The persistence of the medieval in contemporary aesthetics

    Guerreiro, Vitor (Editora da PUCRS - ediPUCRS, 2022-10-27)
    The experience of beauty is no less mysterious for the aesthetician today than it was in the Middle Ages. Here I focus on the notion of ‘unseen beauty’ and how certain aspects of medieval philosophizing about the nature of beauty can still be of use for the contemporary aesthetician. I draw a comparison between some concepts that pervade the whole of the Medieval period – that there is a transcendent source of visible beauty, and that visible beauties function as images of the invisible beauty – with a modern conception of aesthetic experience, as it is expressed in authors like Clive Bell.
  • Philosophy and Christian Theology

    Mandeli, Alison Vander; Magalhães, Marcelo Marconato (Editora da PUCRS - ediPUCRS, 2022-10-27)
  • Hermeneutics and psychoanalysis: A common opening called interpretation

    Rohden, Luiz; Reis, Mauricio Martins (Editora da PUCRS - ediPUCRS, 2022-10-27)
      The articulation between psychoanalysis and hermeneutics is not uncommon in the thought of recent years, especially from the second half of the twentieth century onwards. It so happens, however, that this articulation is very rarely postulated as constitutive or intrinsic, if we take into account the presuppositions of Freudian psychoanalysis compared to Hans-Georg Gadamer’s philosophy of philosophical hermeneutics. This article aims to pave this common clearing between them, based on the specific interpretation of the clinic of the unconscious and Gadamerian understanding.
  • Augustine of Hippo: Congruence, the Dynamics of Beauty

    Silva, Paula Oliveira e (Editora da PUCRS - ediPUCRS, 2022-10-11)
    This paper focuses on Augustine’s conception of beauty stemming from the dynamic relationship between three core elements: congruence, desire and happiness This analysis highlights two stages in the development of the Augustinian theory of beauty. The first stage is characterized by Augustine’s commitment to an intellectualist conception of beauty and happiness. The second one shows how Augustine, faced with the problem of the vision of God in patria, integrates corporeality into the enjoyment that the blessed will have of beauty and the supreme good. The conclusion highlights the value given to the human body in the enjoyment of happiness in Augustine’s last doctrine of beauty as well as the idea of congruence that underlies it.
  • The apophatic visuality: Aesthetic experience of icons

    Popovic, Una (Editora da PUCRS - ediPUCRS, 2022-10-11)
    This paper is about the specific character of the aesthetic experience of icons. I am arguing for the idea that the aesthetic experience of icons is a necessary condition of their role and function in Christian worship, and, moreover, that this particular aesthetic experience is of an apophatic kind. My arguments will be developed on the background of the Byzantine iconoclastic debate and the apophatic theology of Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite. Also, they should present the very debate from the perspective of aesthetics, often overlooked in favour of more theological or ontological issues related to it. 
  • A constituent body in Sartrian thought? Sketches on the relationship between body and consciousness in the theory of emotions

    Souza, Thana Mara de (Editora da PUCRS - ediPUCRS, 2022-09-16)
    The aim of this article is to understand what an emotional conduct is for Jean-Paul Sartre, based on the Sketch for a Theory of Emotions. Therefore, it will be necessary to describe the differences between the pragmatic and magical ways of being-in-the-world, since that emotion is constituted as a belief in the magical aspect. This notion of belief, insofar as it is located in the body, requires, in turn, a discussion about the role of the body and its relationship with consciousness. We will see that, although with oscillations and without developing it, Sartre opens the perspective of thinking about the consciousness-body relationship as a synthetic totality, which will remain fundamental in his philosophy. 
  • Hegel and the social freedom: An approach from Honneth

    Lima, Francisco Jozivan Guedes de (Editora da PUCRS - ediPUCRS, 2022-09-16)
    In this article I intend to present Honneth’s approach to social freedom in Hegel from the point of view of ethical life. The research focuses on Hegel’s Philosophy of Right and Honneth’s Freedom’s Right as two main pillars of analysis. At first, I outline some elements of social freedom as a third type of freedom thought of as an alternative to negative and reflective models; in a second moment, I propose methodological contributions to social freedom from the normative reconstruction in opposition to the “Kantian versions of justice”; in a third moment, I present a proposal of “normative-conceptual components” of Hegel’s social freedom from the Honnethian approach. In my analysis there are three fundamental components: the ontological assumption of co-subjectivity; the fabric of social processes of mutual recognition; the institutional component of ethical life. The central thesis this reconstruction is that the individual only experiences his complete and full freedom in social relations within just institutions. Without this, freedom suffers from a deficit of ethical life.
  • Thinking of multiculturalism: A meeting between Taylor and Kymlicka

    Camati, Odair (Editora da PUCRS - ediPUCRS, 2022-09-16)
    The aim of this work is to approximate Charles Taylor’s theory and Will Kymlicka’s theory with respect to multiculturalism, especially when liberal and democratic societies are in question. We intend to reflect about the dichotomy between liberals and communitarians by showing how, in many aspects, the theoretical strands in question can be approximated. This will allow us to offer more consistent answers to the multicultural problems that can be summarized in the difficult conciliation between recognition of cultural particularities and the development of normative elements capable of evaluating the most diverse cultural practices. Then we ask: how to balance the recognition of the practices and values most fundamental to a culture with universally valid principles? The article proposes to present a possible solution for thinking about this problem through three theoretical approaches: a) a greater appreciation of the context of choice; b) besides the defense of a soft liberalism; and, finally, c) a new understanding of state neutrality. 
  • (Un)making us and (re)making us: The current transversality of Michel Foucault’s thinking

    Oliveira, Luiz Fernando de (Editora da PUCRS - ediPUCRS, 2022-09-14)
    This text is a review of the book Foucault: pensador transversátil, written by Laerthe de Moraes Abreu Junior. The work gathers essays about several themes and concepts that are present in Foucault’s thinking, since the most known ones, like humanism, ethics, violence, subjection, and power, until those that scholars use to study with less frequency, which is the case of his writings about arts, cinema, literature, and music. The treatment given to these themes reveals how behind their pulverization and the apparent disconnection between them there is a work characterized by the versatility and transversality of a thinker dedicated to comprehending how human beings have become what they are.

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