Filipe Carreira da Silva


A sociologist by training, his main areas of interest are social and political theory, citizenship studies and intellectual history. In this website you will find information on his books and articles, collaborative research projects, teaching and much more. If you want to know more about his ideas, just click on one of the themes on the left. Filipe Carreira da Silva,  senior research fellow of Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, has a joint appointment with Selwyn College, Cambridge. In 2017, he was awarded the Prémio Científico Universidade de Lisboa/CGD for his scientific research activity. He edits the book series "Theory Workshop: New Frontiers in Social and Political Theory" since 2018. He is Associate Editor for sociology in the journal Análise Social (2021-).

You can follow his op-eds in the daily newspaper Público in here.

Coming Soon


  • The Politics of the Book   (Penn State University Press, 2019)

Recent Updates


  • Theory Workshop: New Frontiers of Social and Political Theory (Brill) Series webpage available in here.


  • Sociology in Portugal. A Short History   (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
  • Teoria Social Contemporanea   (Lisboa: Mundos Sociais, 2014)
  • Os Portugueses e o Estado-Providência   (Lisboa: ICS, 2013)


  • Special Section: “Insights from the Brain”. Edited with M.B. Vieira. Articles by Michael Corballis, Daniel Lord Smail, Mark Turin, Hélène Landemore & Hugo Mercier. Análise Social, Volume XLVIII (4.º), 2012 (n.º 205). Conference poster available in here
  • Symposia “Pragmatism and the Social Sciences: A Century of Influences and Interactions, Vol. 2". Edited with Roberto Frega. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy. 2012 4(1).  Complete issue available in here.


  • Populism and the Politics of Redemption (Thesis Eleven, 2018)
  • Populism as a Logic of Political Action (European Journal of Social Theory, 2018)
  • Waiting for Godot? Welfare Attitudes in Portugal Before and After the Financial Crisis (Political Studies, 2017)
  • On the Pragmatics of Social Theory. The Case of Elias's 'The Process of Civilization' (Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 2016)
  • Following the Book. Toward a Pragmatic Sociology of the Book (Sociology, 2015) Nominated for the 2017 SAGE Prize for Innovation and Excellence
  • Sophie's Choice. Social Attitudes to Welfare State Retrenchment in Bailed-Out Portugal (European Societies, 2015)