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Emotion, Attention and Value

This philosophy project is concerned with the relations between emotion, attention and value. Is attention presupposed by emotional responses? Is attention affected by emotional responses? Can we resolve debates as to the nature of affective phenomena in their relation to salience, relevance and value from the perspective of their connection with attention? The project is divided around three main topics.

1. The first topic is that of the links between affective traits and attention. Are there facts regarding these links that hold across the emotional domain? Does the nature of these links point to a causal or a constitutive model? These issues impact on the understanding of virtues and vices and, more generally, personality traits. Virtuous and vicious subjects are characterized by their patterns of attention. What are the consequences for an account of affective dispositions? Personality traits are often conceived as patterns of reason sensitivity. Is this compatible with the claim that character traits are characterized by specific patterns of attention?

2. The second topic concerns the links between attention theory and emotion theory. What are the consequences of process and adverbial accounts of attention on emotion theory? We are especially interested in ‘cognitive unison’ theories of attention and will investigate their consequences regarding the individuation, phenomenology and intentionality of emotions. Another important aspect of the links between attention and emotion theory regards consciousness. Does affective consciousness depend on attention? How does attention impact on emotional phenomenology?

3. The third topic is that of the impact of the emotion-attention connection on value theory. What are the consequences of the relations of emotions to attention for our understanding of values? Is attention explainable in terms of properties of our access to values, or does it presuppose the existence of specific relations amongst values? Does the endogenous vs. exogenous attention contrast map onto the distinction between subjective and objective values?

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Fabrice Teroni
Professor
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Institution : University of Geneva

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Julien A. Deonna
Professor
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Institution : University of Geneva

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Olivier Massin
Senior Researcher
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Institution : University of Geneva
Thesis topic : Emotion, Feeling and Value

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Constant Bonard
PhD Student
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Institution : University of Geneva
Discipline : Philosophy
Thesis topic : 3 hypotheses: 1 There are different “musical languages” allowing us to communicate through music. 2 As with natural languages, we learn them more easily when young. 3 This critical period determines how much we understand such or such music
Supervisor : J. Deonna

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Richard Dub
Post-doctoral Researcher
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Institution : University of Geneva

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Emma Tieffenbach
Post-doctoral Researcher
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Institution : University of Geneva

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Alain Pé-Curto
PhD
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Institution : University of Geneva

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Michele Davide Ombrato
PhD Student
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Institution : University of Geneva
Discipline : Philosophy
Thesis topic : The primary purpose of my research is to provide an account of the causation of emotional reactions conceived as processes - i.e., phenomena with duration or temporal extension which last or persist by unfolding over time. My main working hypothesis is th
Supervisor : J. Deonna

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Santiago Echeverri
Visiting scholar
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Institution : Rutgers University

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Mary Carman
Post-doctoral Researcher
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Institution : University of Geneva

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