Département de philosophie

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Postdoctoral researcher

Philosophy of Mind



I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Center For Affective Sciences in Geneva. I completed my PhD jointly at the Institut Jean Nicod in Paris and at the University of Geneva, under the supervision of Jérôme Dokic and Fabrice Teroni. In 2019-2020 I was a Visiting Fellow at the New York University Philosophy department, hosted by Jane Friedman. In 2022-2024 I will be a postdoctoral researcher at City University of New York, hosted by Jesse Prinz, and subsequently at the University of Toronto, hosted by Jennifer Nagel.


I work at the intersection of philosophy of emotion, epistemology, and cognitive science. My dissertation, entitled "The Anxious Inquirer: Emotions and Epistemic Uncertainty"was part of the "Feel bad, Live well!" FNS Project on negative emotions led by Julien Deonna and Fabrice Teroni. In this dissertation, I explore the relation between the epistemic attitude of doubt and the emotion of anxiety, and I propose a model of the affective architecture of doubt inspired in part by research in psychiatry on the persistent and recurring doubt of patients with Obsessive-compulsive disorder. My current project is entitled "How we feel the future: hope, anxiety, and hypothetical thinking" and concerns the emotion-cognition interactions at play in the way we engage with future possibilities and apprehend their value for us. It is financed by a solo "Postdoc Mobility" grant from the Swiss National Funds for Research.



Vazard, J. (2021). From Habits to Compulsions: Losing Control?. Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology28(2), 163-171


Vazard, J. & Deonna, J. (2019). Darker Sides of Guilt, In Cokelet, B. & Maley, C. (eds.), Moral Psychology of Guilt. Rowman and Littlefield.
Vazard, J. (2019). Passions et Psychopathologie, In Origgi, G. (ed.), Dictionnaire des Passions Sociales. Presses Universitaires de France.
Vazard, J. (2018). Epistemic Anxiety, Adaptive Cognition, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Discipline Filosofiche: Philosophical Perspectives on Affective Experience and Psychopathology, 137.
Vazard, J. (2018). « Anxiété », version académique, In Kristanek, M. (ed.), l’Encyclopédie philosophique. URL: http://encyclo-philo.fr/anxiete-a/
Bonard, C. & Vazard, J. (2021). Pas de panique ? Les Ateliers de l’Ethique/The Ethics Forum, 16, 1