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New trends in philosophy of emotion: the case of situated affectivity a.y. 2020/21


The course will be devoted to a presentation and discussion of the recent development of “situated affectivity” in the domain of the philosophy of emotion, connected to the view of situated cognition and to the traditional debate on emotions. Recently, the philosophical analysis of affectivity and emotions has regained a momentum, with many philosophers engaged in the study of this complex and fascinating realm (cf. Scarantino 2016). Not only has the nature of affective states come under scrutiny, but also the interaction between our affective life and the environment we inhabit. Griffiths and Scarantino (2009) propose a situated theory of emotions and affectivity, according to which emotions should be viewed as complex events constituted by a dynamical unfolding, developed in deep interaction with the physical and the social environment. Among others, Colombetti and Roberts (2015) offered a general theory of “extended affectivity” and Colombetti (2017) has also developed an extended view of enactive affectivity. Further related discussion on “extended emotions” can be found in Carter et al. (2016), Krueger (2014), Krueger and Szanto (2016), and Slaby (2014). Colombetti and Krueger (2015) connect the situated view of emotions with the scaffolded view of the mind (Sterenly 2010), individuating in the notion of “affective scaffolding” the material basis of our situated or scaffolded affective processes. The general idea is that we regulate, organize, and maintain our affective life by manipulating everyday artifacts and spaces, and thus construe our “affective niches”. The course will explore the putative philosophical significance of such proposals. 



May 10th, 14.30 – 17.30
May 12th, 14,30 – 17,30
May 14th, 11 – 13; 14-16
May 20th, 2021, 10 – 13
May 21st, 2021, 10.30 – 12.30; 14,30 – 16,30 NEW May 26th, 2021, 10 - 12
May 24th, 2021, 10 – 13


Suggested readings: 

  • Carter, A.J., Gordon, E., Palermos, O. (2016). Extended emotion. Philosophical Psychology, 29 (2), 198-217.
  • Colombetti, G. (2017). Enacted affectivity, extended. Topoi, 36 (3), 445-455.
  • Colombetti, G., Krueger, J. (2015). Scaffoldings of the affective mind. Philos. Psychology, 28, 1157-1176.
  • Colombetti, G., Roberts, T. (2015). Extending the extended mind: the case for extended affectivity. Philosophical Studies, 172, 1243-1263.
  • Deonna, J.A., Teroni, F. (2012). The emotions: a philosophical introduction. Oxon and New York: Routledge.  
  • Griffiths, P., Scarantino, A. (2009). Emotions in the wild: The situated perspective on emotion. In P. Robbins, M. Aydede (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Situated Cognition (pp. 437-453). Cambridge UP.
  • Krueger, J. (2014). Varieties of extended emotions. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 1-23.
  • Krueger, J., Szanto, T. (2016). Extended emotions. Philosophy Compass, 11, 863-878.
  • Piredda, G. (2020). What is an affective artifact? A further development in situated affectivity. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 19(3), 549-567.
  • Scarantino, A. (2016). The philosophy of emotions and its impact on affective science. In L.F. Barrett, M. Lewis, J.M. Haviland-Jones (Eds.), Handbook of emotions, 4th edition (pp. 3-65). NY: Guilford Publications. 
  • Scarantino, A., De Sousa, R. (2018). Emotion. In E.N. Zalta (Ed.), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2018 Edition). 
  • Slaby, I. (2014). Emotions and the extended mind. In C. von Scheve, M. Salmela (Eds.), Collective emotions. Perspectives from Psychology, Philosophy and Sociology (pp. 32-46). Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Credits: 2

Giulia Piredda

Ricercatrice junior in Filosofia e teoria dei linguaggi


Tipologia corso : Tipo c

Periodo: Semestre II

Anno accademico: 2020-2021

Luogo : on line

Durata : 10 hours