I work in the philosophy of mind and epistemology. I have been part of the philosophy project within the NCCR since its inception, and will during the next phase co-lead the project entitled “Emotion, Attention and Value”.
My background is in the philosophy of memory, of perception and of affective states. Recently, my main interests have been in the theory of emotions (The Emotions: A Philosophical Introduction, Routledge 2012), in the nature of shame (In Defense of Shame: The Faces of an Emotion, Oxford 2011), and in valence, pain and pleasure.
I am currently investigating the consequences of the original theory defended in The Emotions on a variety of issues, and my areas of research are:
- the nature of emotions and their intentionality
- the distinction between modes and attitudes
- feelings of familiarity
- emotions and the self
- emotions and attention