Département de philosophie

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Doctoral student

Philosophy of Mind

Co-directed by Jérôme Dokic (Institut Jean Nicod, ENS) & Fabrice Teroni (Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, UNIGE)



PhD thesis project:  Negative emotions, Epistemic reasoning, and Psychopathology

My work is focused around understanding specific negative emotions, and the way they impact (dysfunctional) epistemic reasoning and decision-making in psychopathology. 

I am currently working on defining anxiety as an affective reaction underlying potential threat, doubt, inquiry, and epistemic behaviors. I am interested in the relationship between anxiety and epistemic closure, with regard to compulsive behaviors like checking.  

I am also interested in reflexive emotions and particularly guilt, in relation with agency, responsibility, and the experience of control.


Master’s thesis: Compulsion in Philosophy and Psychopathology                                                

King’s College London

An analysis of the different reasons for action involved in compulsions, as they appear in OCD, addiction, and impulse control disorders.



Master in Science (MSc) in Philosophy of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK (obtained in 2013 with "Distinction")

BA in Philosophy at Paris-Sorbonne IV (obtained in 2010 with "first-class honors")



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/