The Social Dimensions of Emotion: New Philosophical Perspectives

Organised by: Laura Silva, UCL (laura.silva.13@ucl.ac.uk)

Emotions are ubiquitously taken to be ‘social phenomena’ yet there are numerous ways of making sense of such a claim. Relatively little attention in the philosophy of emotion literature is paid to the various social dimensions of emotions, their significance and how they interact. The questions that will preoccupy us on the day mainly concern the epistemology and ethics of our affective lives. These questions include:

  • Are we morally responsible for our emotions?

  • Are we accountable for our implicit racial biases?

  • How do emotions contribute to moral epistemology?

  • Can popular views on the epistemology of emotion account for the role of what feminist philosophers have termed ‘outlaw emotions’?
  • What epistemic changes do emotional expressions cause in others?

  • What do emotions express and how?
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Speaker Bios (alphabetical order)

Jonas Blatter

Jonas Blatter is doing a PhD in philosophy of emotion and ethics at the University of Bern (supervised by Andreas Müller, University of Bern, and Fabrice Teroni, University of Geneva). He is currently a member of the Swiss Doctoral School in Affective Sciences at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva. His thesis is on the adequacy conditions of morally criticising a subject for their emotions. http://www.philosophie.unibe.ch/about_us/staff/blatter/index_eng.html

Constant Bonard

Constant Bonard is conducting a joint-PhD in philosophy between the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva (supervised by Julien Deonna) and the Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp (sup. by Bence Nanay). His dissertation is on affective communication – the sharing of affect-relevant information. He is also conducting a cross-cultural study in music psychology between India and Switzerland. https://www.unige.ch/lettres/philo/collaborateurs/corps-intermediaire/assistants/constant-bonard/

Julien Deonna (Keynote)

Julien A. Deonna works in the philosophy of mind, in particular the philosophy of emotions, on moral emotions and moral psychology. His work reflects the ambition of taking seriously the phenomenological, ordinary language and empirical dimensions of the emotions in the various philosophical discussions in which they are central. He is associate professor in philosophy at the University of Geneva and project leader at the Swiss Centre in Affective Sciences. https://www.unige.ch/lettres/philo/index.php?cID=183

Rodrigo Diaz

Rodrigo Díaz is a PhD student at the University of Bern under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Reuter. His dissertation is on folk emotion concepts and their role in the study of emotion. On his work, he uses empirical research methods to inform philosophical questions. http://www.philosophie.unibe.ch/about_us/staff/daz_martn_rodrigo_jess/index_eng.ht ml

Kris Goffin

Kris Goffin is a postdoctoral researcher at Thumos, which is part of the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, at the University of Geneva. He current project is on emotion and implicit bias. His takes an empirically informed approach to questions in philosophy of mind and is interested in figuring out in which way our first personal understanding of the human mind matches a scientific view of human psychology. Beyond philosophy of mind and emotion theory, he has research interests in philosophy of perception and aesthetics. https://www.krisgoffin.com

Laura Luz Silva

Laura Luz Silva is a final year doctoral candidate in Philosophy at University College London (UCL). She works primarily on philosophy of emotion, at the intersections of moral psychology, feminist philosophy and philosophy of mind. Laura’s doctoral thesis focuses on the rationality of anger in particular. Laura’s work is empirically informed in two distinct senses: she strives to take social reality seriously, and engages with experimental work in the brain and behavioral sciences. Wider research interests include questions in ethics and epistemology. www.lauraluzsilva.com

Juliette Vazard

Juliette Vazard is conducting a joint PhD at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, under the supervision of Fabrice Teroni, and at the Institut Jean Nicod under the supervision of Jérôme Dokic. Her current work focuses on the affective nature of doubt and on the epistemic value of anxiety. In particular, she investigates the link between the experience of unreasonable doubt and dysfunctional affective dispositions in psychiatric disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). https://www.unige.ch/lettres/philo/collaborateurs/corps-intermediaire/doctorants/juliette-vazard/

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