Name: Matilde Aliffi
Thesis Title: Epistemic Rationality of Emotions: a new defence
In my research, I investigate the epistemic rationality of emotions. I aim (a) to show that emotions are epistemically rationally assessable, (b) to defend a new account of the epistemic rationality of emotions and (c) to examine the extent to which subjects are epistemically responsible for their emotions. Using empirically informed philosophical methodology, I identify the components of the emotional experience that are relevant for the epistemic rationality of emotions, and I offer an account of the epistemic rationality norms that apply to the emotions. I seek to develop a new avenue of research in epistemology which tends to focus on the rationality of belief and knowledge to the exclusion of emotion. I am particularly interested in the philosophy of emotions, epistemology, rationality and responsibility.
Supervisors and Institution(s)
Professor Lisa Bortolotti, University of Birmingham
Dr Iain Law, University of Birmingham
- Since November 2018, I am research assistant for project PERFECT, a project led by Professor Lisa Bortolotti and funded by the European Research Council on the Pragmatic and Epistemic Role of Factually Erroneous Cognitions and Thoughts (PERFECT). I manage the Imperfect Cognition research blog, co-organise project PERFECT events, and carry on research for project PERFECT.
- Since September 2015, I am PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, with a project on the rationality of emotions funded by the Midlands 3 Cities (AHRC). Submission date expected: March 2019.
- Oct. 2018: M3C funded Visiting researcher at the Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences, Geneva (CH).
- Oct. 2015 - Jun. 2018: Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, University of Birmingham (UK). Modules taught: Problems of Philosophy and Ethics.
- Jan. - Jun. 2018: Postgraduate Mentor, University of Birmingham (UK). I mentored undergraduate students from the College of Arts and Law to develop their research project on happiness as part of the 2018 University of Birmingham Vice Chancellor’s challenge.
- Jan. – July 2016: Teacher at Bordesley Green Girls School and Sixth Form, Birmingham (UK). I designed and delivered 20 lectures on Ethics and Philosophy of Religion. I marked formative work.
- 2014-2015 Master in Cognitive Science and Language, Universitat de Barcelona (ES). Dissertation title: Emotional contagion by music. Why Deny it? Supervisor: Dr David Pineda.
- 2013-2014 Master in Analytic Philosophy, Universitat de Barcelona (ES). Supervisor: Dr. David Pineda
- 2009-2013 Bachelor in Philosophy, Universita degli Studi di Milano (IT). Supervisor: Dr Gianfranco Mormino. GPA: 110/110 cum laude.
- 2008-2011: License of Music Theory and Musical Dictation. Conservatory G. Verdi Examiner: Mr Alberto Odone.
FUNDING and AWARDS
- 2016 – present: AHRC Midlands 3 Cities doctoral scholarship. The scholarship is awarded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. It covers PhD fees and includes a maintenance grant of £14.057 per year.
- 2018: Winning team at the 2018 Postgraduate Enterprise Supper School Pitching Competition
- 2018: AHRC M3C Student Development Fund placement bursary for a one-month placement at the Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences (CH) overall amount £2,422.24
- 2017: Three AHRC M3C Student Development Fund bursaries for conference travel. Overall amount: £ 1104,71.
- 2016: Second prize for the best team developing a research project at the 2016 Summer School of Affective Science Emotions, Fiction and Virtual Worlds.
- 2014: First prize Premio Extraordinario de master 2013-2014 issued by the Universitat de Barcelona, for being the best student completing the master’s degree in Analytic Philosophy.
- 2014-2015: Ministerio de Educacion, Cultura y Deporte (MEC) collaboration grant, collaboration with the Library of Philosophy, Geography and History, Universitat de Barcelona (ES).
- The diachronic penetrability of the emotion triggering system (submitted to Mind)
- Are emotions epistemically rationally assessable? (Submitted to Philosophical Studies)
- Is the content of the emotion identical with the content of the causal evaluation? (Submitted to Erkenntnis)
- Emotions and epistemic responsibility (submitted to American Philosophical Quarterly)
Papers in preparation
- The epistemic benefits of irrational loneliness, co-authored with Valeria Motta
- Emotions and epistemic norms
- Do emotions require a causal evaluation?
- Is melancholy an ambivalent emotion?
- 25/10/2018 Emotions and epistemic responsibility, Thumos research seminars, University of Geneva, CH
- 11/9/2018 Emotions and epistemic responsibility, Conference of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology 2018, University of Rijeka, HR.
- 10/9/2018 Can loneliness be epistemically innocent? Epistemic innocence symposium, Conference of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology 2018, Co-authored presentation, University of Rijeka, HR.
- 4/7/2018 Emotions and epistemic rationality, British Postgraduate Philosophy Association conference 2018, University of Birmingham, UK.
- 12/6/2018 A defence of the epistemic rational assessability of emotions, M3C Seminar Series, University of Nottingham, UK.
- 2/12/2016 Do ambivalent emotions involve a contradiction? Open Minds XII: Student Philosophy Conference, University of Manchester, UK.
- 10/11/2016 What is the relation between the content of the emotion and the content of the appraisal? VIII Conference of the Spanish Society of Analytic Philosophy (SEFA), Pistoia, IT.
- 15/6/2016 Do emotions require evaluations? A reply to the challenge from emotional contagion, III Conference of the European Philosophical Society, University of Athens, GR.
- 14/7/2016 Project presentation: reducing biases against minority groups using virtual reality, International summer school of affective science, Geneva CH. Project presented with Heather Carlson, Giada Dirupo, Katharina Ohmberger, Anouk Tuijnman.
- 30/5/2015 Recalcitrant emotions: is the automatic appraisal mechanism informationally encapsulated? 2015 OZSW Graduate Conference, Nijmegen, NL.
- 20/3/2014 Is Searle successful in deriving an “ought” from an “is”? 11th International Student Conference in Philosophy, Zagreb, HR.
- 7/3/2017 Do ambivalent emotions involve a contradiction? Spring School of Social Cognition, Emotion and Joint Action, Rühr-Universität Bochum, DE.
- 24/5/2016 Do emotions require appraisals? 7th Conference of Experimental Philosophy, University of Reading, UK.
- 24/1/2018 A defence of the epistemic rational assessability of emotions, PRG seminar, University of Birmingham, UK.
- 26/10/2016 Do emotions require appraisals? A reply to the challenge from emotional contagion, PGR seminar, University of Birmingham, UK.
- 26/10/2015 Emotional contagion by music: why deny it? PGR seminar, University of Birmingham, UK.
- 18/3/2015 On the epistemological significance of cognitive penetrability, GRG seminar, Universitat de Barcelona, co-authored with David Alejandro Rey Sanpedro.
- 7/2018 Consulting for Tysley Energy Park, as part of the University of Birmingham Enterprise Summer School. Pitching presentation delivered at Innovation Birmingham, UK.
- 24/4/2018 Emotions and epistemic responsibility, M3C Research Festival, Maple House, Birmingham, UK.
- 25/5/2017 M3C Research Festival 2017, The epistemic rational assessability of emotions, University of Nottingham, UK.
- 24/5/2017 PhD discussant, Feeling Reasons, The role of emotions in reasoning, University of Edinburgh, UK.
- 15/6/2017 Research Poster Conference 2017, The rational assessability of emotions, University of Birmingham, UK.
- 27/5/2016 3 Minute Thesis Competition, University of Birmingham, UK.
- 4/8/2016 Art and Emotion: an interview with Derek Matravers, Imperfect Cognitions
- 1/9/2016 The 7th international summer school of affective sciences, Imperfect Cognitions
- 28/7/2016 Are emotions rational? An interview with Aaron Ben-Ze’ev, Imperfect Cognitions
- 10-11/1/2019 Philosophy in Progress II: Postgraduate conference. University of Nottingham, M3C funded. Co-organised with Marcus Lee, Alice Monypenny, Helen Ryland, Simon Thunder and Joseph Adams.
- 27/11/2018 Mental Health and Wellbeing Postgraduate Workshop. University of Nottingham. M3C funded. Co-organised with Ayesha Taylor-Camara, Hannah Cooper, Lorna Kirby, Annika Bailey, Richard Gianville, Peter Haysom and Gray Emily
- 10-11/1/2018 Philosophy in Progress: Postgraduate conference. University of Nottingham. Funded by M3C and Analysis. Co-organised with Caterina Moruzzi, Caterina Moruzzi, Simon Thunder, Marcus Lee, Thomas Crawley, Joseph Adam, Matilde Aliffi, Michael Roberts, and Kash Sunghuttee.
- 29/5/2016 First Interdisciplinary Graduate Workshop on Fear: Aesthetic, Philosophical and Economic Perspectives, University of Birmingham. Funded by the University of Birmingham. Co-organised with Fabrizio di Maio, Jovia Salifu, Rachel New.
- 26/6/2014 Workshop on Metaphysics. Università Roma Tre. Co-organised with Pietro Angelo Casati, Mattia Cozzi, Matteo Grasso, Mariaflavia Cascelli. Funded by the Società Italiana di Filosofia Analitica.
Topoi, Journal of Philosophy of Emotion.
2012-2015 Editor for RIFAJ (Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Analitica Junior), an Italian peer-reviewed journal of analytic philosophy for graduate students.
I authored the following articles:
- Le ombre dell’anima. Pensare le emozioni negative. Christine Tappolet, Fabrice Teroni e Anita konzelmann Ziv (a cura di). Book review. RIFAJ (2015). 6:1
- GRSelona 2: Gender, Race and Sexuality. Issues in Metaphysics, RIFAJ 5:2 (2014). Co-author: Martina Rosola.
- Scuola Estiva di Logica, conference report RIFAJ 4:2 (2013)
- Graham Priest- Logica, book review, RIFAJ (2013)
- Imperfect Cognitions
- Society for the Philosophy of Emotions
- European Society for Philosophy and Psychology
- University of Birmingham Women* in Philosophy
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES
- 2018 Digital Learning Advisor. University of Birmingham, UK.
- 2016-2018 Freelance Translator. I worked as a freelance translator (Spanish to Italian) for Disney.
- 2012-2013 Freelance Journalist for Stampo Antimafioso, www.stampoantimafioso.it
- 2011-2013 Journalist and Blogger for Ecoinformazioni, www.ecoinformazioni.it
- Imperfect Cognitions Research Network
- Women in Philosophy (University of Birmingham)
- European Society for Philosophy and Psychology
- Society for the Philosophy of Emotions (SPE)
- Reviewer for the SPE journal
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