Stella Villarmea

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Career University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Complutense University of Madrid.


Marie S. Curie Fellow, University of Oxford.


Professor (Full) of Philosophy, Universidad de Alcalá.


Associate Professor in Philosophy, Universidad de Alcalá.


Adjunct Professor in Philosophy, Universidad de Alcalá.


Adjunct Professor in Philosophy, Saint Louis University.


Education Doctor of Philosophy, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.


PhD Thesis, ‘Scepticism in Analytic Epistemology’, with Distinction Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

1992-93 Graduate Exchange Student, University of Notre Dame, 1993-4 Graduate Exchange Student, University of California at Santa Barbara.



“A Philosophy of Birth: If you Want to Change the World, Change the Conversation”, Open Research Europe, 3 June 2021.


“Reasoning from the Uterus: Casanova, Women´s Agency, and Philosophy of Birth”, Hypatia, 36/1, 22-41.


“Philosophy of Birth: Unveiling the Stereotype”, The Project Repository Journal (PRj), 8/January, 60-63.


“Barriers to Establishing Shared Decision-Making in Childbirth: Unveiling Epistemic Stereotypes about Women in Labour”, with Brenda Kelly (1/2), Journal of Evaluation of Clinical Practice 26, 515–519.


“Conceptual Change and Emancipatory Practices: An Approach from Wittgenstein’s On Certainty”, Annales UMCS, 1/2013, 7-24.


“Another Turn on the Screw: Scepticism and Propositional Analysis”, Wittgenstein-Studien, Internationales Jahrbuch für Wittgenstein-Forschung, 1/2010, 221-242.

1999 “The Provocation of E. Levinas for Feminism”, The European Journal of Women’s Studies, 6/3, 291-304.




“When a Uterus Enters the Room, Reason Goes Out the Window”, in C. Pickles y J. Herring (eds.), Women’s Birthing Bodies and the Law, Oxford, Hart Publishing, 63-78.


“On Obstetrical Controversies: Refocalization as Conceptual Innovation”, with Ibone Olza and Adela Recio, in Á. J. Perona (ed.): Normativity and Praxis, Milano, Mimesis International Editorial, 157-188.


"Rethinking the Origin: Birth and Human Value", in J. Yan and D. Schrader (eds.): Creating a Global Dialogue on Value Inquiry. Lewiston, NY, Edwin Mellen Press, 311-329.


“So you think you can tell sense from nonsense, real doubts from sceptical games”, in T. Rønnow-Rasmussen et al. (eds.): Homage à Wlodek―Philosophical Papers in Honour of Wlodek Rabinowicz. Lund UP.

2005 "Good, Freedom, and Happiness: A Kantian Approach to Autonomy and Cooperation", in E. de Sotelo (ed.): New Women of Spain: Social Political Studies of Feminist Thought. Münster, Lit Verlag, 244-256.


Areas of specialisation: Epistemology and Feminist Philosophy Fields of research: Philosophy of Birth I work in epistemology, philosophy of feminism, and metaphilosophy. I am interested on the philosophy of birth, i.e., how our notions of childbirth reflect our view of the human being. I have published on Wittgenstein and scepticism, Kant and Levinas, and feminist standpoint. I am interested in the moral and political justification of our beliefs, the relationship between knowledge and emancipatory action, and conceptual innovation.


Course Convenor, Option Tutor, and Dissertation Supervisor, Option course entitled “The Philosophy of Birth”, MSt in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, 2020/21, 2021/22.
Tutor, Special Subject, Feminism and Philosophy, PHIL_BA, 2019/20.