The Political Theory Group of the University of Minho was founded in 2008 bringing together faculty members, post-doctoral researchers and doctoral students working in the areas of Ethics and Political Philosophy under a common framework within the Centre for Humanistic Studies (CEHUM), a research unit in that same university. The group currently integrates twelve permanent members of the Centre for Humanistic Studies, seven of which have PhD degrees, and eleven associate members who work in close collaboration with the group, be it in research projects, or as participants in events and publications.
The Group organizes two international events every year: the “Meetings on Ethics and Political Philosophy” (in May) and the “Summer School in Political Theory” (in July). Besides these two, the group also promotes several other more specialized events. In the year of 2013 the following stand out: the international conference “Rhetoric: Between the Theory and Practice of Politics” (in June) and the “IV International Congress on Democracy Today” (in November). Moreover, many members of the Group are involved in the MA in Political Philosophy of the University of Minho that started in the 2013/14 academic year.
The group further holds monthly meetings, on two consecutive days, to discuss relevant books on ethics and political philosophy, ongoing research by its members, and papers presented by invited speakers. These are closed meetings, though a small portion of the sessions are open to guests.