André Barata was born in Faro in 1972. He received his PhD in Contemporary Philosophy at the University of Lisbon. He has been a professor at the Universidade da Beira Interior since 2002, where he currently heads the Faculty of Arts and Letters. He is also President of the Portuguese Society of Philosophy. His academic interests range from social and political philosophy to phenomenological and existential thought. He has essay books, such as “Metáforas da Consciência” (Campo das Letras, 2000), on the thought of Jean-Paul Sartre, “Mente e Consciência” (Phainomenon, 2009), a set of essays on philosophy of mind and phenomenology, “Primeiras Vontades -sobre a liberdade política em tempos árduos” (Documenta, 2012). More recently he has published a trilogy -“E se parássemos desobreviver -Pequeno livro para pensar e agir contra a ditadura do tempo” (Documenta, 2018); “O desligamento do mundo e a questão do humano” (Documenta, 2020) and, just published, “Para viver em qualquer mundo -Nós, os lugares e as coisas”. He regularly signs the column “Pensar devagar” (Thinking Slowly) for the Jornal Económico.