Research residency at the IMéRA CENTER FOR ADVANCED STUDIES of Aix-Marseille University: https://imera.univ-amu.fr/fr/residents/promotion/2018-2019 , under the program: Sciences and Humanities.
Epistemic Cooperation. The function of positive emotions
The project focuses on three prime areas: (1) Coordination in distributed cognition (2) Affective abilities (3) Cooperation as affective arrangement. In (1) I will address coordination from the distributed model about group cognition. This model deals with systems that feature information-intensive tasks which cannot be processed by a single individual. It differs from the most common summative account about groups, for which a group is the sum of its components, conferring to coordination a primacy in driving cognition. In (2) I will examine the role of emotions among the different functions that contribute to coordination and then to cooperation. Specifically, I will test out the hypothesis for which a specific kind of emotions – namely, positive emotions – are beneficial for the creation of group knowledge, fine-graining their functionality in the establishment of cooperative bonds as extended expertise. The analysis of case studies will frame the inquiry into the horizon of the affective arrangements in (3). The function of cooperation as affective arrangement that drives group cognition will be disclosed in its strengths and shortcomings, evaluating its social and political dimension.
Multidisciplinary Research Team at the Aix-Marseille University: Pierre Livet and Thibault Gajdos (IMéRA), Miriam Teschl and Olivier Chanel (GREQUAM-AMSE), Pascal Taranto and Giuseppe Di Liberti (CEPERC)
International Workshop “Epistemic Emotions: Interdisciplinary Approaches”
The aim of this workshop is to compare the conceptual frameworks of different disciplines in the understanding of epistemic emotions. The field of emotion studies is very pluridisciplinary and distinct accounts on emotions are provided by different disciplines. Especially about the function played by emotions in the processes of knowledge-building, such as revision of beliefs, decision making, or collective inquiry, it seems that there is not a shared agreement. Comparing the conceptual frameworks of different disciplines will help us not only to understand the reasons that lie down to the distinct accounts, but also to start a generative dialogue for getting closer to an interdisciplinary conceptualization of the function of emotions in knowledge.