Margarita Vega

Dr. Margarita Vega

Address2301 Vine Street
Berkeley, CA 94708

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Ph.D., University of Valladolid,

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Office phone: (510) 883-2077

Prof. Vega’s primary research interests are in Epistemology, the relation between mind and language, and Metaphysics. She has explored the Contemporary Theory of Metaphor and studied its connection with the first theory of metaphor, Aristotle’s. Other philosophical interests include Aristotle, Philosophical Anthropology, and applications of Epistemology in Aesthetics and the Theory of Art. Her research tries to bridge the Analytic and Continental traditions, and, diachronically, the history of Philosophy, especially Ancient and Medieval, with Contemporary problems.

Prof. Vega obtained her Ph.D at the University of Valladolid, Spain. During that time she visited Stanford University and collaborated with the Music Department of the University of Valladolid in the creation of a research group SITEM (Interdisciplinary Seminar for Music and Philosophy) that organized four conferences and the series “Music and Philosophy” that has published four volumes so far. Prof. Vega also collaborated with the Philosophy Department in an International Conference on Science, Rationality and Society. She visited Stanford in 1999 and UC-Berkeley as a Postdoctoral Fellow from 2001 to 2003 and as a Lecturer from 2003 to 2005, where she worked with Prof. John Searle. She also assisted Prof. Alan Code in Ancient Philosophy and Prof. Paul Skokowski in Philosophy of Science. She was an Assistant Professor at the University of Valladolid until she joined DSPT.

She is currently part of the Social Ontology group at UCB.

Select Publications:


  • Aristotle and Metaphor (In Spanish: Aristóteles y la Metáfora), Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid, 2004.

Book Chapters

  • Time and Creativity in 20th Century Classical Music: A Retrospective View from Philosophy.
  • The Autonomy of Art and Postmodernity.


  • The Cognitive Foundations of Philosophy after Modern Philosophy.
  • Metaphors of Interaction in Aristotle.
  • Metaphorizing: Between Calculative Reason and Intuitive Reason.
  • Aristotle and the Contemporary Theory of Metaphor.
  • Time and Discourse in Postmetaphysical Thought.
  • Universalism and Communicative Action.
  • Speech Acts and Universal Pragmatics in Habermas.

Upcoming publications

  • Metaphor in the Light of De Interpretatione.
  • The Ontology of the Mental: Consciousness and the Integration of Time.
  • The Status Function of Art (presented at the 2008 Aquinas Lecture).

Areas of Interest


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