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Sousa, P. (in preparation). Harm and Morality--a cognitive and evolutionary approach.

Edited volumes

Sousa, P. (Guest Editor) (2006). Double Special Issue on Folk Conceptions of Mind, Agency and MoralityJournal of Cognition and Culture, 6, 1-342.

Sousa, P. (Guest Editor) (2003). Special Issue on The Fall of KinshipJournal of Cognition and Culture, 3, 264-369.


Sousa, P., & Manoharan, C. (forthcoming). . In H. Callan Ed., International Encyclopaedia of Anthropology, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Hodge, K. M., & Sousa, P. (forthcoming).  In J. Slone & L. McCorkle (eds), The cognitive science of religion: A methodological introduction to key empirical studies, London: Bloomsbury PLC. 

Hodge, K. M., & Sousa, P. (forthcoming).  In L. Martin et al (eds), A New Synthesis: Cognition, evolution, and history in the study of religion, Leiden and Boston: Brill.  

Kurthy, M., Lawford-Smith, H., & Sousa, P. (2017). Does ought imply can? PLoS ONE, 12(4): e0175206. 

Rose, D., Machery, E., Stich, S. & ... Sousa, P. (2017). Nothing at stake in knowledgeJournal Nous. This article is an output of the project Intellectual Humility and Cultural Diversity in Philosophy. 

Machery, E., Stephen, S., Rose, D. & ... Sousa, P. (2017). The Gettier intuition from South America to AsiaJournal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, 34(3), 517-541. This article is an output of the project Intellectual Humility and Cultural Diversity in Philosophy.

Rose, D., Machery, E., Stich, S. & ... Sousa, P. (2017) Behavioral circumscription and the folk psychology of belief: A study in ethno-mentalizingThought: A Journal of Philosophy, 6(3), 193-203. This article is an output of the project Intellectual Humility and Cultural Diversity in Philosophy.

Berniunas, R., Dranseika, V., & Sousa, P. (2016). Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 19, 275-282.

Sousa, P., & Swiney, L. (2016). Intentionality, morality and the incest taboo in MadagascarFrontiers in Psychology7, 1-9. Critical discussion of Astuti, R., & Bloch, M. (2015)

White, C., Sousa, P., & Prochownik, K. (2016). . Behavioral and Brain Sciences39, 42-43.

Piazza, J., & Sousa, P. (2016). When injustice is at stake, moral judgments are not parochialProceedings of the Royal Society B., 283: 20152037. Reply to Fessler et al. (2015) published with a reply by Fessler et al. (2016).

Sousa, P., Holbrook, C., Swiney, L. (2015). Frontiers in Psychology6, 1-11.

Sousa, P., & Mauro, C. (2015). The evaluative nature of the folk concepts of weakness and strength of willPhilosophical Psychology28(4), 487-509.

Swiney, L., & Sousa, P. (2014). . Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8: 675.

Sousa, P., & Prochownik, K. (2014). . Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 2(1), 42-48.

White, C., Sousa, P., & Berniunas, R. (2014). . Journal of Cognition & Culture14(1), 157-158.

Sousa, P., & Piazza, J. (2014). . Thinking & Reasoning20(1), 99-128.

Piazza, J., & Sousa, P. (2014). Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5(3), 334-342. [] [This article has been featured in Addicting InfoPsyPost, and The Raw Story]

Piazza, J., Sousa, P., & Holbrook, C. (2013). . Cognition128, 261-270.

Swiney, L., & Sousa, P. (2013). . Consciousness and Cognition22, 589-602.

Holbrook, C., & Sousa, P. (2013). . Journal of Cognition and Culture13, 33-56.

Sousa, P., & White, C. (2013). . Religion, Brain & Behavior3, 73-76.

Piazza, J., Russell, P. S., & Sousa, P. (2012). . Cognition and Emotion. (Online first publication, October 25)

Ferreira-Santos, F., Martins, E. C., Sousa, P., & Mauro, C. (2011). . LabReport Series, No. 4, Laboratory of Neuropsychophysiology, University of Porto. [Translation and adaptation of the Disgust Sensitivity Scale to the Portuguese of Portugal and Brazil.]

Sousa, P., & Swiney, L. (2011).  Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. (Online first publication, September 21)

Holbrook, C., Sousa, P., & Hahn-Holbrook, J. (2011). Unconscious vigilance: Worldview defence without adaptations for terror, coalition, or uncertinty managementJournal of Personality and Social Psychology101, 451-466.

Sousa, P., & Holbrook, C. (2010). . Review of Philosophy and Psychology1, 351-370. [Special Issue on Psychology and Experimental Philosophy]

Sousa, P., Holbrook, C. & Piazza, J. (2009). . Cognition113, 80-92. [Published with a reply by Stephen Stich, Dan Fessler and Danniel Kelly]

Sousa, P. (2009). A cognitive approach to moral responsibility--the case of a failed attempt to killJournal of Cognition and Culture9, 171-194.

Sousa, P. (2009). . Mind & Language24, 209-234.

Sousa, P. (2006). . Journal of Cognition and Culture6, 1-25.

Knight, N., Sousa, P., Barrett, J. & S. Atran. (2004). Children's attributions of belief to humans and God: Cross-cultural evidenceCognitive Science28, 117-126. [Reprinted in Religion and Cognition – A Reader, J. Slone (ed.), Equinox: London, 2006.]

Sousa, P. (2003). The fall of kinship--towards an epidemiological explanationJournal of Cognition and Culture3, 264-303. [Published with replies by Alan Barnard, Pascal Boyer, Roy D'Andrade, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Richard Feinberg, Christophe Heintz, Adam Kuper, Martin Ottenheimer, and Harold W. Scheffler].

Sousa, P., Atran, S. & D. Medin. (2002). Essentialism and folkbiology: Evidence from BrazilJournal of Cognition and Culture2, 195-223.

Sousa, P. (2001). Bounding cultureJournal of Cognition and Culture1, 341-351.

Baran, M., & Sousa, P. (2001). On the possibility of different sorts of racial categoriesJournal of  Cognition and Culture1, 271-281.

Atran, S., Medin, D., Lynch, E., Vapnarsky, V., & Sousa, P. (2001). Folkbiology doesn't come from folkpsychology: Evidence from Yukatek Maya in cross-cultural perspectiveJournal of Cognition and Culture1, 3-46.

Sousa, P. (1998). . Revista de Antropologia41, 187-205.

Sousa, P. (1998).  Langues – Cahiers d’études et de recherches francophones1, 135-141.

Sousa, P. (1998). . Method & Theory in the Study of Religion10, 199-206.

Sousa, P. (1996). . Cadernos de Campos05, 63-82.

Sousa, P., & H. Bensusan. (1996). . Ciência e Filosofia05, 125-154.

Bensusan, H., & Sousa, P. (1994). . Discurso, 23, 53-70.

Sousa, P. (1994). . Religião e Sociedade16, 130-169.

Non-academic publications

Sousa, P. (2013). . Minority Focus, 3, pg. 4-6. 

Sousa, P. (2000). Poesia para Todos. N.02. Galo Branco: Rio de Janeiro. [Essay on metaphor and poetry.]

Sousa, P. (1998). . Joanyr de Oliveira (ed.), Sette Letras: Rio de Janeiro. [Participation in anthology of poems. This anthology won the prize "Fernando Pessoa" of the UBE (Brazilian Union of Writers)].

Sousa, P. (1997). . Assis Brasil (ed.), Imago: Rio de Janeiro. [Participation in anthology of poems. This anthology includes the most important poets of the state of Goias during the twentieth century, and is part of a series of anthologies released by Imago publisher intended to represent the most important poets of the twentieth century in each of the Brazilian states.]

Sousa, P. (1997). . Menezes y Morais (ed.), Compukromus: Brasília-DF. [Participation in anthology of poems.]

Sousa, P. (1995). Sousa Quase Sósia. Da Anta Casa: Brasília-DF. [Book of poems.]

Sousa, P. (1994). . Folha de São Paulo, Caderno mais!, Ponto Crítico, 13/02. [Newspaper article on Chesterton's Paradoxes. It is a reply to Marcelo Coelho's article on the topic.]