João José R. L. de Almeida
   Associate Professor

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                    PhD in Philosophy (State University of Campinas, 2004)
                    Visiting Scholar (MIT, 2010-2011)
                    Visiting Professor at the Graduation Program in Education - Faculty of Education/State University of Campinas
                    Member of the PHALA Group (Education, Language & Social Practices)

Research Projects:

Translating by the physiognomy of the text
Decolonizing Wittgenstein

Recent Publications:

- Articles (English):

- Articles (Portuguese):

- Books:


Observações Sobre o Ramo Dourado de Frazer (Ludwig Wittgenstein) - Tradução bilíngue e notas comentadas. Deriva Editores, Porto, 2011.

Remarks on Frazer's Golden Bough (Ludwig Wittgenstein) - Bilingual translation into Portuguese and commented notes. Deriva Editores, Porto, 2011.

     "Remarks on Frazer's Golden Bough" is a Portuguese en face translation of portions of MS 110, TS 211, and MS 143, respectively, all of them duly indicated in the text. They belong to a collection of Wittgenstein's commentaries on the work of the evolutionist anthropologist James Frazer, written in 1931 and 1936. It was on the process of reflecting on Frazer's thoughts that Wittgenstein had a glimpse on the method of surveyable presentation that characterized his investigations since then. Wittgenstein begun to consider the practice of following rules as part of conventions and customs based on the natural history of mankind. This method was incorporated into the clarifying and self-critical purpose of his philosophical activity.


A Singularidade das Investigações Filosóficas de Wittgenstein  


The Singularity of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations. Physiognomy of the Text. Editora da Unicamp, 2015. (In Portuguese).



         The purpose of this book is to trace a physiognomy of the most important work written by Wittgenstein in the later phase of his philosophical activities. The point of being physiognomic, so to say, is to apply in a Wittgensteinian way the same method the author inherited from Goethe and Spengler, and worked out inspired by Darwin, Freud, Frazer and Weininger, to his own work. For that matter, it presents a portrait of Philosophical Investigations not only as an unfinished book with organic connections with the totality of the Nachlass, but it also takes into account a number of questions regarding writing style, the philosophical significance of expression in contradistinction to description, and why the author's philosophy is so difficult to understand, considering the coexistence in the secondary literature of many incompatible Wittgensteins. 

        This book is intended to serve as a philosophical description in preparation for a new Portuguese en face translation of the Philosophical Investigations, to be published by the same publishing house probably in 2017, but it can also be profitable to anyone who wants a more comprehensive study of such fabulous work composed by a brilliant and polemical philosopher.


Philosophical Investigations: presentation, bilingual translation (Portuguese/German), and commented notes.



Synoptic presentation of Wittgenstein's Nachlass (1929-1951)




Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics: presentation, bilingual translation (Portuguese/German), and commented notes.





Remarks on Frazer's Golden Bough: presentation, bilingual translation (Portuguese/German), and commented notes.





Wittgenstein and the Vienna Circle: presentation, bilingual translation (Portuguese/German), and commented notes.




- Book Chapters (English)

  • Can We Translate the Character of a Text?
    In: Paulo Oliveira; Alois Pichler; Arley Moreno. (Orgs.)
    Wittgenstein in/on Translation. Campinas: Coleção CLE, 2019, pp. 125-152.

- Book Chapters (Portuguese)

  • Um Certo Modo de Falar Sobre a Prova de Gödel.
    In: Antonio Miguel; Carlos Vianna; Júlio Corrêa. (Orgs.).
    Uma Historiografia Terapêutica de Acasos. 1a.ed.Uberlândia:
    Navegando Publicações, 2020, pp. 425-443.
  • Na Arte é Difícil Dizer Algo Tão Bom Quanto: Nada Dizer.
    In: Cassiano Terra Rodrigues. (Org.). Arley Morenum Liber Amicorum.
    Homenagem a Arley Ramos Moreno in Memoriam
    . São Paulo:
    Editora Filoczar, 2020, pp. 232-243.
  • A Lógica do Sonho.
    In: Monzani, Luiz; Soria, Ana Carolina. (Orgs.). Freud: Filosofia e Psicanálise.
    1a.ed.São Carlos: Edufscar, 2019, pp. 181-192.
  • Psiquiatria e Imagem de Ciência.
    In: Adrian Spremberg; Luis Fernando de Araújo. (Orgs.). Introdução à Filosofia da Psiquiatria.
    Pelotas, RS: Editora UFPel, 2018, pp. 76-94.
  • A Psicanálise como Corrente Psicológica.
    In: Saulo de Freitas Araujo; Fatima Caropreso; Gustavo Arja Castañon;
    Richard Simanke. (Orgs.) Fundamentos Filosóficos da Psicologia
    . Juiz de Fora: Editora UFJF, 2014, pp. 58-75.
  • Em Toda Grande Arte Há um Animal Selvagem: Domesticado.
    In: Richard Simanke; Fatima Caropreso; Francisco Bocca. (Orgs.)
    O Movimento de um Pensamento: Ensaios em Homenagem a Luiz
    Roberto Monzani
    . Curitiba: Editora CRV, 2011, pp. 123-132.
  • Wittgenstein, Freud e Lacã: Por um Uso Completo da Linguagem.
    In: Simanke, Richard ; Menendez, Ada ; Caropreso, Fatima; Barbelli,
    Isabel; Bochi, Josiane (Orgs.). Filosofia da Psicanálise: Autores,
    Diálogos, Problemas
    . São Carlos: Editora da UFSCar, 2010, p. 237-260.
  • O método entre o livro e o álbum (IF § 122).
    In: Moreno, Arley (org.) Como ler o álbum? Campinas: Unicamp -
    Coleção CLE, 2009, p. 205-228.
  • Algumas considerações filosóficas sobre delírio e alucinação no DSM-IV.
    In: Aires, Suely; Ribeiro, Caroline (Orgs.). Ensaios de Filosofia e
    Campinas: Mercado de Letras, 2008, p. 251-268.
  • Oito Encontros Sem Juntura.
    In: Boito Jr., Armando. (Org.). Marxismo e Ciências Humanas. São Paulo:
    Editora Xamã - CEMARX-IFCH, 2003, p. 189-199.
  • Um Gesto de Desacato.
    In: LEITE, Nina (Org.). Corpolinguagem: Gestos e Afetos.
    Campinas: Mercado das Letras, 2003, p. 39-45.

Felix Bennett: The Philosophers' Magazine, 2006 (Issue 33).
        Familienähnlichkeit - Physiognomie
Cambridge Wittgenstein's Archives
        LE, p. 38: "I want to produce the same sort of effect which Galton produced..."





   But many long-standing misconceptions in phylosophy are helped to survive by an unwillingness to look carefully
   and undogmatically at examples, sometimes protected by a self-righteous image of oneself and one's friends as the
   only people who do look carefully and undogmatically at examples (some disciples of the later Wittgenstein come to

   WILLIAMSON, Thimothy. The philosophy of philosophy, p. 8.


- Former Editor from Revista Digital AdVerbum: Philosophy of Psychoanalysis, Philosophy of Psychiatry, Philosophy of Psychology.

    Cathcart, T & Klein, D. Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar...Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes. New York: Abrams Image, 2007, p. 136.