Département de philosophie

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Institut Jean Nicod, ENS / Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, UNIGE

Holder of a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Foreign Scholars for the academic year 2017-2018.

juliette.vazard(at)etu.unige.ch / juliette.vazard(at)gmail.com
Swiss Center for Affective Sciences
Campus Biotech
Chemin des Mines 9, 1202 Genève
Institut Jean Nicod
Département d'Etudes Cognitives
Ecole Normale Supérieure
29, rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris


Fields of interest:

  • Philosophy of emotions
  • Philosophy of action
  • Epistemology
  • Cognitive science
  • Psychopathology

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.

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 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")