Epistemic Emotions

My most recent paper on epistemic emotions:


This paper discusses the virtue epistemology literature on epistemic emotions and challenges the individualist, unworldly account of epistemic emotions. It argues that epistemic emotions can be truth-motivating if embedded in co-inquiry epistemic cultures, namely virtuous epistemic cultures that valorise participatory processes of inquiry as truth-conducive. Co-inquiry epistemic cultures are seen as playing a constitutive role in shaping, developing, and regulating epistemic emotions. Using key references to classical Pragmatism, the paper describes the bridge between epistemic emotions and co-inquiry culture in terms of habits of co-inquiry that act as the scaffolding of epistemic emotions. The result is a context-sensitive and practice-oriented approach to epistemic emotions that conceives of those emotions as being shaped by co-inquiry epistemic cultures.

Some previous activities on epistemic emotions:


IMéRA d’Aix-Marseille en 2018-2019



Tuesday 15th of January 2019

IMéRA, Maison des Astronomes, Marseille


Video_morning session


9:00 Welcome talk by Thibault Gadjos and Laura Candiotto

9:10 Keynote talk: Natalie Depraz (Université de Rouen), Epistemic emotions in cardiophenomenology and first-person experience in cognitive science

10:30 Coffee Break

10:50 Marie-Helene Grosbras (AMU), Epistemic emotions in social cognitive neuroscience

11:40 Laura Candiotto (IMéRA, University of Edinburgh), Epistemic emotions in 4E cognition

12:30 Pierre Livet (AMU), Epistemic emotions in dynamical approaches to knowledge

13:15 Lunch


14:15 Pascal Taranto (AMU), Epistemic emotions in religious experiences. The case of enthusiasm.

15:05 Philipp Wüschner (Free University Berlin), Affective Arrangements. Theoretical Endeavors Beyond Philosophy of Emotion

16:00 Coffee break

16:20 Miriam Teschl and Stephane Lucchini (AMSE), Epistemic Emotions in economics

17:10 Thomas Macias (IMéRA, University of Vermont), That Social Feeling. Multiplex Origins of Trust and Solidarity

18:00 Jeff Silva (IMéRA, Centre Norbert Elias, Film Study Center Harvard University), Feeling Culture: Exploring emotions and implicit knowledge through Immersive Ethnographic filmmaking

The Workshop is organised by Laura Candiotto and it is part of Cognition: interdisciplinary approaches in the Crossing Paths – Exploring Interdisciplinarity Program. The Workshop is kindly founded by IMéRA and the Centre Gilles Gaston Granger of the University of Aix-Marseille.


Epistemic Emotions

Studi di estetica, 1/2017

Curiosity, inquisitiveness, wonder, intellectual courage, grit, and perseverance are some of the emotions and dispositions that we experience in conjunction with epistemic processes such as inquiring, learning, remembering, and understanding. These states, which have been called “epistemic emotions”, seem to have a causal and perhaps conceptual connection with knowledge and various processes related to knowing. In addition, some dispositions, such as love of truth or respect for good arguments, seem to be part of a desirable epistemic character.

The aim of this monographic issue is to investigate the epistemic role of these emotions, affective experiences, and dispositions. This means discussing ongoing approaches to the role of emotions in rational processes and dispositions, as well as drawing connections between affective experiences, rationality, and cognition. This emerging line of investigation is ripe for renewed research because, until recently, few works have been dedicated to the topic, and even the existence of such kind of emotions is still controversial in the contemporary debate.