Luis de Miranda, PhD

Philosopher of Technology, Group Spirit and (Self- and World-) Actualization Processes

Postdoctoral researcher at Örebro University, Philosophical Counsellor, Doctor of Philosophy (University of Edinburgh), Master of Philosophy, author of several monographs and novels, member of the board of SSFP (Swedish Society for Philosophical Practice).

Current or recent work

2018-2019, Postdoctoral researcher at Örebro University in the field of AI-Humanities and History of Ideas (in particular the idea of Anticipation). Initiator and Lead of CREA: Cross-Disciplinary Research on Effectual Anticipation.

2018-ongoing, Philosophical Counsellor at The Philosophical Parlour and Livslinjen Psychotherapy Institute, Stockholm. Active member of the board the SSFP (Svenska Sällskapet för Filosofisk Praxis).

2017-2018, Occasional Guest Lecturer in Philosophy and History of Science and Technology at KTH University, Department of History of Science, Stockholm, Sweden.

February 2018, Invited Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science – Research Group Historical Epistemology of the Final Theory Program.

2017-2018, French Language and Culture Teacher, Jensen International Gymnasium, Stockholm.

2014-2017, Tutor and Lecturer in French Thought, Literature, and Language, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh.

Education and qualifications

November 2017, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh. Fully funded with a Research Scholarship Award. Thesis in History of Ideas and Philosophy: Esprit de Corps: Birth and Evolution of a Polemical Notion (1721-2017; France, UK, USA), external examiner Prof. Richard Whatmore (St Andrews).

2016, Certificate (Honours) in Robotic and AI Ethics, Economics and Laws, School of Advanced Studies, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy.

2015, Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.

2007, Master 2 in Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, Sorbonne University, Paris I. Supervisor Prof. Renaud Barbaras. Dissertation on Deleuze’s concept of life lines, published as a book in French and translated/published in English (Deleuze Studies, Edinburgh University Press).

2003, Master 1 in Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, Sorbonne University, Paris I. Dissertation on Lacan’s concepts of jouissanceand capitalist discourse (with Marx and Heidegger), published as a book in French, currently being translated into Swedish.

1994, HEC graduate in Economics and Business, HEC-Paris (Jouy-en-Josas) “Best business school in Europe” (Financial Times).

Teaching (in English, Swedish, or French)

2018, Process Philosophy Seminar (Whitehead, Deleuze, Heraclitus), Noden Cultural Center, Stockholm

2017-2018, Philosophy of Science, Media, and Technology:Fourth-year lectures, KTH University, Stockholm.

2017-2018, French Language and Culture Teacher(Jensen International Gymnasium, Stockholm).

2014-2017, French Literature, Language, Thought & Culture (University of Edinburgh): second- and fourth-year students; supervision and examination of undergraduate essays, face-to-face or via online marking (Turnitin).

2015, Creative Writing:international students, Oxbridge Academic Programs, Paris.

2013, Creative Thinking and New Media: First- and second year, Ecole Media Art, Chalon-sur-Saône, France.

Recent funded research and prizes

2018-19, Riksbanken Jubileumsfond, Initiation Seminar Grant – CREA: Cross-disciplinary Research on Effectual Anticipation (125 000 kr).

2018-19, Swedish Research Council, conference funding – Anticipation and Anticipatory Systems: Humans Meet Artificial Intelligence (200 000 kr). 

2014-2017, The University of Edinburgh Research Scholarship Award – PhD scholarship (£78,000)

2015-2017, Creation of Reality Research Group (CRAG)– Researcher-Led Initiative Fund from the University of Edinburgh(£1500, 2015), French Institute in the UK Grant (£1000, 2015), DELC Initiative Award (£1500, 2015-2016), LLC Student-Led Initiative Fund (£800, 2014-2016). To create and manage the CRAG interdisciplinary research group and seminar program at the University of Edinburgh.

2017, Anthrobotics International Workshop – Eidyn Philosophy Research Centre Grant (to initiate and organise a workshop; £400)

2016, Anthrobotics Researcher-Led Initiative Fund – University of Edinburgh Institute for Academic Development Grant (to create and manage the Anthrobotics interdisciplinary seminar and cluster on human-machine-AI symbiosis; £2000)

2016, 60 Years of Essentially Contested Concepts Workshop– Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict, University of Edinburgh (to organise an international mini-conference; £300).

2016, 3-Minute Thesis Competition (Awarded First Prize)– School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Edinburgh.

2012, L’Être et le Néon– Nuit Blanche/Paris Cityhall (to organise a multimedia conference on the cultural philosophy of neon signs; £4000).

Professional activities and skills

2018-ongoing, Founder and counsellor at the Philosophical Parlour, in partnership with Livslinjen Institute. Private individual consultations.

2004-ongoing, Administration and management – Member of the board of SSFP (Svenska Sällskapet för Filosofisk Praxis); Publisher, founder and CEO (2013-2014), Haute Culture Books, Sweden; Editorial Director, Co-Founder and Co-Manager (2004-2012), Max Milo Editions, France.

2012-ongoing, Conference organisation– international workshop, ‘Anthrobotics – New Perspectives on Social Automata and Techno-social Cognitive Systems’, University of Edinburgh, 2017; international workshop, ‘60 Years of Essentially Contested Concepts’, University of Edinburgh, 2016; three-day conference, ‘Creation of Reality: Towards an Interdisciplinary and Comprehensive Understanding’, University of Edinburgh, 2015.

2004-ongoing, Consulting Editor. For example for Quarto Books/Ivy Press, 30-Second AI and Robotics, to be published in several languages in 2019.

Ongoing, Professional associations– Member of the board of SSFP (Svenska Sällskapet för Filosofisk Praxis); TRANSOR (Trans-disciplinary Network in Social Robotics).

Ongoing, Academic Reviewer– for several journals, including History of European Ideasand Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology.

1997-2004, Cultural Reporter, Journalist and Book Critic– For example interviews with Saramago (Nobel Prize), Joyce Carol Oates, Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Serres, Jim Harrison, etc.

Recent engagement & esteem

Invited academic speaker, University of Vienna, Lund University, Stockholm University, KTH University, Örebro University, Linköping University, Skövde University (Sweden, 2016-2018); Master Class on Creative Writing, Stockholm University (Sweden, 2014); What is Crealism?, University of Reykjavik (Iceland, 2010); École Normale Supérieure, Paris and Université de Lille (France, 2011-2012).

Invited public speakerPhilosophy as Therapy, Psykoterapimässan (Stockholm, 2018), What is a Public Intellectual?, Noden Cultural Center (Stockholm, 2018); All for One, But Which One?Just Festival (Edinburgh, 2016); A Cultural History of Neon Signs, Explorathon (Edinburgh, 2015); L’être et le néon, Nuit Blanche/Nuit des Savoirs (Paris, 2012).

Media– Several interviews, Radio, TV (totalling 10 hour+): The TimesScotland, The Oxford Philosopher, World Literature Today, Robohub,Futurism, France Culture, Dark Zero,France 2, Digitally Downloaded, Altantico,Typographical Era, Open Democracy, La Tribune, BFM, Pantheon-Sorbonne Magazine; opinion pieces in mainstream newspapers: Le Monde, Libération.

other skills

Languages– French, Portuguese (native) – English (near native) – Swedish, Spanish, (good reading and speaking) – German, Latin, Ancient Greek (basic).

IT– Knowledge of both Mac and Windows operating systems; Microsoft Office; Turnitin, basic website design; iMovie, GarageBand.

Music – Conservatoire Municipal; 6-year theory and 4-year violin practice.

Video– Short-movie writer and director, among others Jesus and Nietzsche: Interview(+41,000 views and 90% of likes on YouTube).

Parenting– Father of a 5-year-old girl.

conference and seminar papers (since 2015)


(August 2018) ‘Universalia Sunt Crealia: A Whiteheadian Approach to Process Aesthetics’, Process Thought Summer School, South Bohemian University, Czech Republic.


(March 2018) ‘Cosmopolitics, Anthrobotics and Esprit de Corps’, University of Linköping, Sweden (Invited speaker).


(February 2018) ‘Cosmic Anthrobots: Conjecturing Our Mode of Collaboration With Robonauts’, Robophilosophy Conference 2018, University of Vienna, Austria.


(January 2018) ‘Cosmic Anthrobots: Conjecturing Our Mode of Collaboration With Robonauts’, Lund University (Invited speaker).


(November 2017)‘The Isolation Syndrome of Automation: Splendours and Miseries of Technological Co-Creation’, Stockholm University, Sweden (Invited speaker).


(November 2017) ‘Fiction, Poetry, and Philosophy Wrapper Around the Creal: On Writing the Novella Who Killed the Poet’, Dare Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Creation, Orpheus Institute, Belgium.


(July 2017) ‘Anthrobots or Worldformers? The agency to come’, Society for French Studies Conference, Durham University, UK.


(May 2017) ‘Anthrobotic Intelligence as a Response to Artificial Intelligence, Nordic Science and Technology Studies Conference, Göteborg University, Sweden.


(March 2017) ‘We, Anthrobot: Learning From Human Forms of Interaction and Esprit de Corps to Develop More Diverse Social Robotics’, Anthrobotics International Workshop, University of Edinburgh, UK.


(December 2016)‘Big Data, Small Concepts: Histosophy as an Approach to Longue Durée History’, 60 Years of Essentially Contested Concepts. With Dr. Emile Chabal.


(Oxtober 2016) ‘We, Anthrobot: Learning From Human Forms of Interaction and Esprit de Corps to Develop More Diverse Social Robotics’, Robophilosophy Conference 2016, University of Aarhus, Danemark.


(November 2015) ‘Esprit de Corps: The Secret of Collective Action’, How to Act Together, University of Belgrade, Serbia.


(November 2015)‘On the Concept of Creal: Ethical Promises of a Non-Teleological Creative Universal’, Dare Conference: Deleuze and Artistic Practice, Orpheus Institute, University of Ghent, Belgium.


(October 2015) ‘Out of Focus: Sartre’s Existentialism Through the Lens of the Videogame Life is Strange’, French Media Research Group Conference, University of Newcastle, UK.


(September 2015) ‘Towards a New Frontier of the Self? A Genealogy of Esprit de Corps’, Society for European Philosophy Conference, University of Dundee, UK.


(July 2015) ‘Digital History as Methodology’, Society for the Study of French History, St Andrews University, UK.


(June 2015) ‘Can Esprit de Corps Recreate our Lives?’, Deleuze Studies International Conference, Konstfack University College, Stockholm, Sweden.


(April 2015) ‘Esprit de Corps: A Prehistory of the Notion of Solidarity’, Graceh Conference, University of Vienna, Austria.


(March 2015) ‘Esprit de Corps: A Universal Anti-Universalist Concept’, Cultural Literacy in Europe, University of Birkbeck.


(January 2015) ‘One for All, All for the Nation: the French Invention of Esprit de Corps in the 18thcentury and Its Propagation into English’, British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Oxford University, UK.

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