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Name: Matilde Aliffi

PhD: Philosophy

Thesis Title: Epistemic Rationality of Emotions: a new defence


Thesis Description

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


Research Interests:

  • Philosophy of emotions, rationality, epistemology, emotional contagion, emotions and music, responsibility.

Conference presentations

  • 24/5/2018 Emotions and epistemic responsibility, M3C Research Festival 2018, Maple House, Birmingham, UK
  • 12/12/2016 Do ambivalent emotions involve a contradiction? Open minds conference, University of Manchester, UK
  • 10-12/11/2016 What is the relation between the content of the emotion and the content of the appraisal?, VII Conference of the Spanish Society of Analytic Philosophy in Oviedo, ES
  • 7/9/2016 Is the automatic appraosal mechanism informationally encapsulated? XII Conference of the Italian Society of Analytic Philosophy (SIFA), Pistoia IT
  • 15/6/2016 Do emotions require evaluations? A reply to the challenge from emotional contagion, III Conference of the European Philosophical Society for the Study of Emotions, University of Athens, GR
  • 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

Department presentations

  • 13/6/2018 A defence of the epistemic rational assessability of emotions, M3C Visiting Seminars Series, University of Nottingham, UK
  • 24/1/2018 A defence of the epistemic rational assessability of emotions, PGR seminar, University of Birmingham, UK
  • 26/10/2016 What is the relation between the content of the emotion and the content of the appraisal?, PGR seminar, University of Birmingham UK
  • 18/5/2016 Do emotions require appraisals? A reply to the challenge from emotional contagion, PGR seminar, University of Birmingham, UK
  • 28/10/2015 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, presentation with David Alejandro Rey Sanpedro, ES

Poster presentations

  • 7/3/2017 Do Ambivalent emotions involve a contradiction? Spring School of Social Cognition, Emotion and Jouint Action, Rühr-Universität Bochum, DE
  • 24/4/2016: Do emotions require appraisals? 7th Conference of Experimental Philosophy, University of Reading, UK
  • 25/5/2017 M3C Research Festival 2017, The epistemic rational assessability of emotions, University of Birmingham, UK

Project presentation

  • 7-14/7/2017 Presentation of the group project: Reducing biases against minority groups using virtual reality, with Heather Carlson, Giada Dirupo, Katharina Ohrnberger, Anouk Tuijnman at the International summer school in Affective Sciences 2016, Geneva, CH

Public engagement activities

Conference organised

  • 10-11/1/2018 Philosophy in progress: postgraduate conference, universtiy of Nottingham, M3C CDF activity, University of Nottingham, UK
  • 29/6/2016 First Interdisciplinary Graduate Workshop on Fear: Aesthetic, Philosophical and Economic Perspectives, University of Birmingham, UK
  • 26/6/2014 Workshop on Metaphysics, Università Roma 3, IT

Reading group organised

  • Philosophy of Emotions reading group, University of Birmingham, UK


Postgraduate Teaching Assistant

  • 2017-2018 Ethics, University of Birmingham, UK
  • 2015-2018 Problems of Philosophy, University of Birmingham, UK

Teaching at Bordesley Green Girls School and Sixt Form

  • 2015-2016 Ethics and Philosophy of Religion, Bordeseley Green Girls School and Sixth Form, Birmingham, UK

Postgraduate Mentor

  • 2018 VC's challenge. Theme: happiness, University of Birmingham, UK


  • 2016 Second Prize for the best team developing a research project at the 2016 Summer School of Affective Science Emotions, Fiction and Virtual Worlds in Geneva
  • 2014 First Prize Premio Extraordinario de Máster 2013-2014 issued by the Universitat de Barcelona, for being the student of the master in Analytic Philosophy with the best grades
  • 2002 Fist Prize at the Luigi Gennari regional writing competition of Lombardia. 



  • Imperfect Cognitions Research Network
  • Women in Philosophy (University of Birmingham)
  • Society for the Philosophy of Emotions (SPE)
  • Reviewer for the SPE journal








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