Alex Hortal

Ph.D., Senior Lecturer of Spanish


Ph.D., Philosophy, Universidad Nacional UNED, Spain
M.A., B.A., Philosophy, Complutense University of Madrid

Personal Statement

My research focuses on the history and philosophy of economics as a scientific discipline, and the philosophical analysis of public policies based on bounded rationality, specifically those using nudge theory. I also analyze the ethical consequences of the different approaches to public policies and their founded or unfounded epistemological background.
As a teacher, my goal is to motivate students to see the connections between language, literature, and culture from a critical perspective, and to consider their education, not only as a tool for future employment opportunities, but as part of their construction as citizens in a global society with lives that will face ethical dilemmas and political choices that affect them and everyone else around them. I see education as an activity in which everyone in the classroom participates, in a constructive dialogue, in the unveiling of knowledge.

Selected Publications

  • The Problem of Objectivity in the Physics of the 20th Century. Lindaraja, Madrid, 2005. ISSN: 1698 – 2169
  • Empiricism in Herbert Simon: Administrative Behavior within the evolution of the Models of Bounded and Procedural Rationality. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, vol. 37, nº 4 (149), pp. 719-733, 2017
  • Nudging and Educating: Bounded Axiological Rationality in Behavioral Insights. Forthcoming (2019). Behavioral Public Policy. Cambridge University Press; Print ISSN: 2398-063X, Online ISSN: 2398-0648.
  • An Ontological Approach to Herbert Simon’s Ecological Rationality: Origin and Criticism of Nudge Theory, Forthcoming.

Conference Presentations

  •  2019 – “Libertarian paternalism, education, and public policies: Gender Equality” Invited by the Complutense University of Madrid, Sociology and Psychology departments. October 2019.
  • 2019 – “Gender Violence, Nudges, and Austerity Policies.” Invited by the Complutense University of Madrid, Sociology and Psychology departments. March 4th, 2019.
  • 2019 – Presentation of a session at the Prague Conference on Behavioral Sciences “Nudges in voting, Gender Violence and GMOs: A Claim to Consider Expressive Rationality in Public Policies”
  • 2019 – Keynote speaker at the Prague Conference on Behavioral Sciences. “Beyond nudges: Behavioral insights and a value-related education”. At the Presentation of the Allais Memorial Prize to Dr. Gerd Gigerenzer, Director of the Max Planck Center for Human Cognition (Berlin)
  • 2019 – “Philosophical Approaches to Bounded Rationality. From Herbert Simon to Nudges.” at the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Society Conference (New Orleans). March 28th, 2019.
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