Alvaro Balsas


General Information

Academic Category: 

Assistant Professor / Researcher


Curriculum DeGóis


Biographical note and Research Interests 

Álvaro Balsas is an Assistant Professor at the Portuguese Catholic University (UCP), where he earned is PhD in Philosophy of Science (2010). He took is Licence’s and Master’s degrees in Physics at the University of Coimbra (1987) and University of Aveiro (1991), where he also taught several courses in Physics. He published 22 articles in specialized journals and 2 in conference proceedings. He is author of 3 books and 2 chapters of books, being also editor and co-editor of 16 books. He has 46 technical production items. He acts in the scientific area of Philosophy of Science. In his professional activities he interacted with 41 collaborators in co-authorship of scientific works. He is Adjunct Editor of Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia ( and a research member of CEFH at the UCP. His areas of research are the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (namely, interpretation of the theory, EPR, CHSH inequality, Tsirelson inequality, Bell´s Theorem, and Local Realism), Condensed Matter Physics, Philosophy of Nature (namely, causal processes and complex systems), Philosophy of Science, and Science and Religion.

Relevant Publications

Balsas, Álvaro (2019).  “El Infinito desde la Física”, Pensamiento, Revista de Investigación e Información Filosófica, vol. 75, 283, pp. 5-28, Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Madrid. DOI: 10.14422/pen.v75.i283.y2019.001
Paz, María; Videira, Antonio A. P; Balsas, Álvaro. eds. (2018). Pierre Duhem e Ernst Mach: Ciência e Filosofia – Pierre Duhem and Ernst Mach: Science and Philosophy. Braga, Portugal: Axioma – Publicações da Faculdade de Filosofia. DOI: 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_1_0000
Balsas, A. (2017). Divine Action and the Laws of Nature: an Approach Based on the Concept of Causality Consonant with Contemporary Science (Vol. 3). Braga: Axioma – Publicações da Faculdade de Filosofia. DOI: 10.17990/Axistudies/2017_03
Batista, Ricardo B. & Balsas, Álvaro (2016). “Uma Proposta Tomista para o Debate Actual entre Monismos e Pluralismos na Metafísica da Fundação”, Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 72, 2-3: 725 – 770. DOI: 10.17990/RPF/2016_72_2_0725
Balsas, Álvaro M. R. (2013). “Truth by fiat: the Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics”, Revista Brasileira de História da Ciência 6, 2: 248 – 266.

Balsas, A., Coutinho, J., Torres, V. J. B., Briddon, P. R., & Barroso, M. (2004). “Calculation of deep states in SiGe alloys: Interstitial carbon-oxygen complexes”. Physical Review B, 70(8), 085201. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.70.085201