Before beginning the DPhil Fernando studied law in Chile (Universidad Católica) and completed an MPhil degree (Oxford). In his MPhil thesis he examined the legalistic features of John Rawls’ account of the political, with particular attention to the idea of public reason.
The general focus of his DPhil thesis is on legal systems as a temporal phenomenon and on legal validity. Some themes to explore are the concept of 'non-momentary' legal systems, the identity of legal systems, law as tradition, the role of the unwritten elements of law, and the practice of invalidation in different areas of law.
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Practical philosophy in general, and public law.