Omar García Zabaleta

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Position Predoctoral Research Student, funded by UPV/EHU
Phone +34 943015494
Address Department of Philosophy of Values and Social Anthropology, Facultad de Filosofía y Ciencias de la Educación, EHU/UPV, Avenida de Tolosa 70, 20018 Donostia – San Sebastián


Research interests

  • Philosophy of Psychiatry
  • Bioethics
  • Nietzschean Philosophy


  • 2017: Doctor in Philosophy, Science and Values (UNAM – UPV/EHU)
  • 2011: Master in Philosophy, Science and Values (UNAM – UPV/EHU)
  • 2010: B.A. in Humanities: Communication (University of Deusto)



Journal Articles

García Zabaleta, Omar (2019). La construcción del DSM: Genealogía de un producto
sociopolítico. Theoria: Revista de la Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia. (Forthcoming).

García Zabaleta, Omar (2018). “Los problemas y limitaciones del DSM-5”. Dilemata Revista Internacional de Éticas Aplicadas, 27: 367-391.

García Zabaleta, Omar (2012). “Una invitación a la reflexión”. Dilemata Revista Internacional de Éticas Aplicadas, 8: 53-56.

García Zabaleta, Omar y Casado, da Rocha Antonio (2012). “La ética médica ante los límites de la autonomía del paciente: El debate sobre las ‘Confesiones de un médico’“. Revista Internacional de Humanidades Médicas, 1, 2: 29-42.

García Zabaleta, Omar (2012). “Comentarios sobre libros: ‘Confesiones de un médico: un ensayo filosófico’”. Revista Notas Paliativas, 13, 1: 22-23.

 Book Chapters

García Zabaleta, Omar (2014). “Los límites de la autonomía en diálogo con A. Tauber”. Autonomía con otros: Ensayos de bioética. Ed.: Casado da Rocha, Antonio. Madrid: Plaza y Valdés.


“El DSM-5 y sus problemas: la vulnerabilidad del paciente psiquiátrico”, I Taller de Derecho, Ética, Salud y Medio Ambiente: Vulnerabilidades, Globernance, San Sebastián, 5 de mayo de 2017.

“El concepto de autonomía y el DSM-5”, III Jornadas Doctoriales del Grupo 9 de Universidades (G-9), organizadas por la Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Almagro (Ciudad Real), 5-7 de noviembre de 2014.

“The concept of autonomy and the DSM-5”, 2nd International Workshop “Bioethics”, University of Salamanca, 8-9 September 2014.

“La concepción nietzscheana de la naturaleza humana: su utilidad para la bioética actual”, X. International Ontology Congress, San Sebastián, 1-4 de Octubre de 2011.

Recent Posts

IAS-Research Seminar by Iñigo Arandia. “Epistemic entanglement in the macroscopic world”

Date and time: April 9th, Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.

Location: Carlos Santamaría Building, Room B14.

Speaker: Iñigo Arandia (UPV/EHU)

Title: “Epistemic entanglement in the macroscopic world”


Scientific non-reductionism emphasizes that the whole is more than the sum of the parts. Beyond metaphor, such holistic idea can be made concrete (namely, mathematically formulated and empirically testable) via the notion of entanglement, which is a foundational concept and an established phenomenon in quantum mechanics related to Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle (a fundamental limit to the precision of simultaneously measuring two complementary variables, like the position and momentum of an electron, which is not a consequence of experimental limitations). Here we present a classical analog of entanglement, where uncertainty relations arise from experimental commitments, like the selection of variables and/or subsystems, or ignorance about the context. Inspired by a theoretical work offering a definition of entanglement in a model of macroscopic brownian particles (Allahverdyan et al., 2005), we propose a general sufficient condition for epistemic entanglement that is valid for any underlying dynamics and any pair of macroscopic stochastic observables. Our bound reflects a trade-off between inter-vs-intra particle correlations, and only requires estimating dispersions. This makes it empirically accessible and also somewhat intuitive. We explored the origin of epistemic entanglement by taking advantage of analytical results available in brownian models and simulations of stochastic systems. Then, we applied our sufficient condition to behavioral data of fly courtship, and found entanglement between position and coarse-grained velocity. This result implies the existence of macroscopic correlations that cannot be effectively explained in causal terms, thus limiting the common cause principle. Our work also challenges the idea of pure objectivity, as our choice of measurement variables induced epistemic correlations that cannot be adjudicated to the observed system but that, through coarse-graining, belong to the observer.

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