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 is currently composed of seventeen integrated researchers of the Centre for Humanistic Studies and fourteen associate researchers who work in close collaboration with the group, be it in research projects, or as participants in events and publications.
The members of the group carry out research projects, both in individual terms and collectively. Several of these projects have obtained external funding from the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia and the European Science Foundation. 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 organizes three international events every year: the Braga Colloquium in the History of Moral and Political Philosophy" (in January), the Meetings on Ethics and Political Philosophy (in June) and the Summer School in Political Philosophy and Public Policy (in July). Besides, the group also promotes several other more specialized conferences and workshops.
The group further holds monthly meetings, on two consecutive days, to discuss relevant books in 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 may be open to guests.