Professor Modesto Gómez-Alonso
Senior Lecturer of Philosophy at the Catholic University of Salamanca (Spain)
Modesto Gómez-Alonso is Senior Lecturer of Philosophy at the Catholic University of Salamanca (Spain). He is currently visiting Eidyn until October 2017. He has published the book Frágiles certidumbres. Wittgenstein y Sobre la certeza. Duda y lenguaje (Groundless Certitudes. Wittgenstein's On Certainty. Language and Scepticism) (Salamanca, 2006), as well as numerous articles. His research is focused mainly on two fields: Contemporary Epistemology and Early Modern Thought. He is deeply interested in Ernest Sosa's virtue epistemology and Descartes’ philosophy. Other fields of interest are Wittgenstein and Radical Scepticism.
Dr Jesús Navarro
Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Seville (Spain)
Jesús Navarro is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Seville (Spain) and he is currently visiting Eidyn until January 2016. Dr Navarro began working on the history of early modern philosophy (in particular Montaigne's skepticism and his notion of subjectivity), and is now interested in issues related to analytic epistemology, action theory and the philosophy of language. He has also written on metaphilosophy and the analytic/continental divide. He has been Research Fellow at the University of Chicago, Post-doctoral Fellow at UC-Berkeley and Visiting Scholar at Duke University. In 2009-10 he was Academic Visitor at Wolfson College, Oxford.
Dr Patrick Schotanus
Born in the Netherlands, Patrick Schotanus has worked internationally in finance and investment management for over twenty-five years, including assignments in Edinburgh, London, New York, and Singapore. He was the global strategist of Kames Capital and assistant manager, together with the CIO, of its multi-asset flagship Mixed Fund (£8bn). Before that he held senior investment research positions with F. van Lanschot Bank in the Netherlands. He started his career at Barclays Bank as a member of its European Management Development Program. Currently Patrick is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Edinburgh where he is developing his Market Mind Hypothesis (MMH) in collaboration with cognitive and other scientists. For that purpose, both Edinburgh’s Eidyn Centre and the COGS Centre at the University of Sussex have agreed to cooperate in establishing and supporting the MMH Research Platform. The premise of MMH is the market as an extended mind-body with the specific proposition that it manifests collective consciousness. In other words, MMH formalises what investors casually refer to as “the market’s mind”. Patrick’s technical papers have been published in various peer-review journals and he regularly presents his work at conferences and seminars. In his spare time, and sponsored by Kames Capital, Patrick completed a PhD in complex psychology at the University of Essex (2016). In addition, he has a Master of Business Administration (MBA, 1990) from the University of Groningen and a Master of Financial Engineering (MFE, 2002) from the University of California at Berkeley. His professional investment qualifications include the RBA (Dutch equivalent to CFA), CEFA and CMT designations. He lives with his family in Edinburgh, UK.