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"Maria Clara Dias is one of the few authors of the present day who really does justice to the title of philosopher. Her texts are marked by clarity and argumentative rigor, combined with an intense personal and affective commitment to the themes she addresses. Moved by a strong sense of indignation, she strives to break the barrier of indifference and to tackle with passion the major moral dilemmas of our time. More than an author that instigates us to rethink our lives, she is the paradigm of a life lived according to an ideal".

Ernst Tugendhat

Maria Clara Dias holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Freie Universität Berlin (1993), a Master's degree in Philosophy from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (1989) and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (1986).


She has held visiting positions at the University of Oxford (2006/2007), at the University of Connecticut (2003) and, more recently, at Tulane University (2015).

She currently works as professor of philosophy at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), where she is a member of the university's Graduate Program in Philosophy (PPGF), and of the university's Interinstitutional and Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Bioethics, Applied Ethics and Collective Health (PPGBIOS).

She coordinates the Center for Applied Ethics (NEA) and the Center for Social Inclusion (NIS), both linked to the UFRJ. She is also a research fellow of the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and of the Research Support Foundation of the State of Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ).

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