Miguel Bruno Duarte

Fellow in Philosophy and Political Science

19Miguel Bruno Duarte is a Portuguese philosopher whose work is focused on economic, political, and religious classical liberalism. Being an independent thinker, he tries to develop and systematize this principle mainly in his writings, the first of which, entitled Noemas de Filosofia Portuguesa (Noemes of Portuguese Philosophy), is about to be published in Brazil. He is also a scholar in the strict sense of the word in the study of Portuguese scholasticism, which is chiefly based on Aristotle’s logical, ethical and metaphysical thought.

Miguel Bruno started studying philosophy under Luís Furtado, a disciple of Álvaro Ribeiro and José Marinho, also Portuguese philosophers in the true sense of the word. It was indeed Álvaro Ribeiro who founded the “Portuguese Philosophy Movement,” based on the traditional routes of the Lusitanian Culture and, especially, on the philosophical tradition stemming from Aristotle’s thought. In spite of holding an academic degree in philosophy and being also a high school teacher, Miguel Bruno maintains a free and independent spirit against the Portuguese establishment, which, since the Communist Revolution in 1974, has been strictly dominated by academic Marxism, whose mentality subverts and undermines, directly or indirectly, politicians, economists, and financiers whose activities have been the main cause for collective and individual serfdom.

Miguel Bruno is also a specialist in communist terrorism, including the historical period of Salazar’s regime. Most of all, he had the privilege of meeting several personalities of those days, such as Henrique Veiga de Macedo, Undersecretary of State for National Education (1949-55) and Ministry of Corporations and Social Welfare (1955-61), Silvino Silvério Marques, Governor of Cape Verde (1958-62) and Governor of Angola  (1962-66/75), and also Kaulza de Arriaga, Undersecretary and Secretary of State for Aeronautics (1955-62) and Chief Commander for the Armed Forces in Mozambique (1970-73).

Finally, one of Miguel Bruno’s current aims is to conceive and systematize the Luso-Brazilian Aristotelian tradition, investigating, above all, how it relates with Western philosophy and particularly with Atlantic thought .

Click here to read his articles for the Inter-American Institute.