Theories of Emotions

(active from 2015)
From ancient times to contemporary philosophy, it was investigated whether the so-called “passions” were irrational forces ascribable to the human body, whether they could be considered as adjoining to reason or whether they could be entirely connected to forms of judgement on what of world affecting us appears as contingent and transitory.

Contemporary philosophy does not fall into stereotype of considering emotions as completely unreliable elements. It rather highlights their cognitive scope: philosophy, sciences of mind and neurosciences strove to explore the emotivity, understood as the cornerstone of human intersubjective life.

A. Hitchcock, Psycho (1960)

This group aims to foster investigations focused on the emotive life. We will consider different and conflicting approaches , by proving the inexhaustible complexity of that issue. We will insist on the links between emotivity and moral life, by asking what follows as result of that link regarding to social and intersubjective life. Moreover, we will consider the relations between scientific and philosophical investigations, thereby adopting an interdisciplinary approach aiming to explore critically the debate on bodily and cognitive aspects of emotions.

Group coordinator: Leonardo Massantini (2018-), Dr. Valeria Bizzari (2015-2017)
Group supervision: Prof. Alessandra Fussi (Università di Pisa)

Professors and researchers who collaborate (or collaborated) with this research group:
Dr. Pia Campeggiani
Dr. Ilaria Gaspari
Prof. Roberta Lanfredini (Università di Firenze)
Dr. Elisa Magrì (University College Dublin)
Prof. Maria Michela Sassi (Università di Pisa)

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