Mathilde Cappelli


I have been since September 2022 a PhD student at the University of Geneva. My dissertation is devoted to the nature of sexual desire and its distinctive affective and imaginative dimensions. I am working on it in the context of Professors Julien Deonna, Bence Nanay, and Fabrice Teroni’s “Emotion and Mental Imagery” SNF funded research project.

I worked from September 2021 to September 2022 as an overhead assistant at the Philosophy Department of the University of Geneva, and I have been since then a member of the Thumos research group on emotions, values and norms.

My other research interests are, in the main, philosophy of mind and philosophy of fiction, and in particular fiction-directed emotions.



CAPPELLI Mathilde, « Pourquoi il est bon de vivre certaines émotions dites négatives », Revue de métaphysique et de morale, 2022/2 (N° 114), p. 189-207.



"The epistemic value of sexual fantasy", Analytic Philosophy of Mind: Société de Philosophie Analytique (SoPhA) Early-Career Researchers Conference, The Centre for Philosophy of Memory, University of Grenoble Alpes (June 2023).

"The epistemic value of sexual fantasy", CUSO workshop (October 2022).

"The epistemic value of sexual fantasy", Thumos research group on emotions values and norms, University of Geneva (September 2022).

"Living fiction: the hedonic value of ‘negative emotions’", Conference of the International Society of Research on Emotion (ISRE), University of Southern California (July 2022).

Comment in the context of a workshop around Sara Protasi's The Philosophy of Envy, University of Geneva (June 2022).

"Living fiction: the hedonic value of ‘negative emotions’", Thumos Graduate Day, University of Geneva (March 2022).

"Living fiction: the hedonic value of ‘negative emotions’", Graduate Reading Group of LOGOS, University of Barcelona (February 2022).

Comment on David Papineau’s talk "Why sports matter (but not games)", L'esprit du jeu, Aix-Marseille University (September 2021).

"How to understand the prudential value of so-called negative emotions", International Conference for Students of Analytic Philosophy, University of Geneva (May 2021).

Comment on Gianni Paganini's talk « Anéantissement et recréation du monde chez Hobbes et Gassendi », Research Seminar in Modern Philosophy, Aix-Marseille University (February 2020).