People

Alex Hortal

Ph.D., Lecturer of Spanish

336.334.5655
a_hortal@uncg.edu


Education

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
    http://www.filosofiayliteratura.org/lindaraja/problemaobjetividadfisica.htm
  • 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
    http://www.rep.org.br/ARTICLES_VIEWS.ASP?COD=1557
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1017/bpp.2019.2
  • 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.