“Graduation in Architecture, FA-UP (Architecture School – Porto University) 1990. Arch. at Porto. Lecturer FA-UP.
Research interests: architectural drawing; semiotic; computer graphics. Mainly: drawing as method of knowledge, architecture as Art.
Currently: PhD student, FA-UP, since May 2000. Dissertation preliminary title: "Architectural Drawings: Objects and Images of Architecture within the Semiotics of C. S. Peirce. Supervisors: Domingos Tavares, FA-UP, e Vasco Branco, CA-UAveiro.
Director of Computer Graphics Laboratory, FA-UP, 1992-1999. Lecturer of CAAD I & CAAD II, FA-UP, 1992-1999. Lecturer of Project III, FA-UP, 1998-2000. Author of Desenho de Arquitectura Assistido por Computador (Porto, FA-UP Publicações, 1997), "www.arquitectura" in O Futuro da Internet – Estado da arte e tendências de evolução (ed. José Augusto Alves, Pedro Campos e Pedro Quelhas Brito, Edições Centro Atlântico, 1999) "Drawing Bits – Media Technology and Architectural Representation" in The Lisbon Charrette, Remote Collaborative Design (ed. William Mitchell, João Bento e José Pinto Duarte, IST Press, Lisboa, 1999). Sept & Dec 1994: invited to Alberti Euroconference on Precedents in Creative Design, St. Michael, Cambridge University, & Dept. of Architecture, Delft University, Delft. May 1995: Inter-Disciplinary Conference on Understanding Creativity, British Society for Aesthetics, coord. Prof. Andrew Harrison, Centre for Cognitive Issues in the Arts, University of Bristol, Bristol. Member of Peirce-L Telecommunity – Philosophical Forum on Charles Sanders Peirce. Eurographics 2001 Member.”
(Fernando Lisboa, “cv resumido”, in: http://home.kqnet.pt/id010313/index.html, acessed 1-5-2008)

FERNANDO LISBOA, “SHORT OUTLINE BY ESSENTIAL READINGS”“Short Outline followed by Essential Readings

Which are Peirce's key concepts? Hard question since
Peirce's philosophy is so large and complex that each of
us will refract his discourse according to our own
concerns. Anyway, there is the concept of Sign and
Semiosis and Interpretant and Immediate Object and
Dynamic Object , the latter one seeming to re-ference, to re-interpret, the classic notion of Substance. Nevertheless, I and You, I'm sure, we would want to choose this one: INQUIRY, meaning Research, Investigation, Questioning. It is
all about stressing doubt, endless doubt, our fallible
and lonely condition as individuals towards an uneasy world
to live in -- `vae soli'. The harassment of Reality or, as
Peirce puts it, the Outward Clash, does not abandon us
never. Indeed, Reality has the eccentric habit of
reacting or resisting upon our conveniences or
pleasures. How can one deals with the clash, the
affluence of reality? Battling for truth, I suppose. Now:
what is Truth? Like Pilatos facing Jesus, before waching
his hands. Is this truth?, I ask myself against anything
that seems unreal. But then, what is Reality? Peirce
offers us precious insights on these questions by
proposing other kind of questions: first, not what is
Truth, but how can we get it; second, not what is
Reality but how can we surround it and appease it.
Regarding the former: never. Regarding the latter:
never. Since: ``The cognitions which thus reach us by
[...] infinite series of inductions and hypotheses […] are
of two kinds, the true and the untrue, or cognitions
whose objects are real and those whose objects are
unreal. And what do we mean by the real? [...] It is a
conception which we must first have had when we
discovered that there was an unreal, an illusion; that is,
when we first corrected ourselves. Now the distinction
for which alone this fact logically called, was between
an ens relative to private inward determinations, to the
negations belonging to idiosyncrasy, and an ens such as
would stand in the long run. The real, then, is that
which, sooner or later, information and reasoning would
finally result in, and which is therefore independent of
the vagaries of me and you" (On Some Consequences of
Four Incapacities Claimed For Man, 1868, CP 5.311). Peirce was quite outsanding as a scientist, as a mathematician and s a philosopher -- also as someone that endured the bitter taste of living. His discovery that reasoning can be thought of as having three basic modes -- deductive, inductive, and abductive -- is only one of many several proposals he made. Comparing Peirce with Aristotle, Aquina and Kant: equal among equals.”
(Fernando Lisboa, “Short Outline by essential readings”, in: http://home.kqnet.pt/id010313/html/peirce.html)

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