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Directrice de Recherche, CNRS


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Gloria Origgi’s research project draws on social epistemology, philosophy of social science and the study of social cognition and emotions in order to better understand how people create, store and use social information to make sense of themselves and of the social world. She has also worked on situated social cognition, especially on Internet-mediated epistemic practices and on gendered cognition.

She is member of the PeriTia European project on policy and trust in science. She and her Epistemic Norms team are working on the social bases of trust in science and the role of values and emotions in coming to trust experts.

In the last 5 years her research has focused on the mechanisms of trust that underlie epistemic practices such as choosing a doctor, evaluating the accuracy of an information and deferring to experts. The complex bundle of reasons, affective reactions, emotional attachments and dependences that make people trust others and acquire new beliefs are at the core of her research on the epistemology of trust. She has focused on the role of reputation as a source of epistemic warrant. Reputation is social information created by each social interaction we have. In her research, she explains how reputation can be a motivation for action (to "gain" or modify our social image) and how it can be a "rational" justification to acquire a belief. The epistemology of reputation, that is, the way in which people use social information to confer epistemic authority, is still at the core of her research and is articulated in various research strands, from the role of gender biases in granting credibility and the role of social networks and other web based interactions on the way in which we filter social information.

Her research is now focused on the resurgence of passions in contemporary politics and international conflicts, the role of symbolic struggle in the public debate and in social mobilisation. (Origgi, 2019)



  • Expertise et démocratie (EHESS)
  • La théorie politique des passions sociales (SciencesPo)


  • Origgi, G. (2019) Passions Sociales, PUF, Paris
  • Origgi, G. (2021) « Le tournant émotionnel et l’épreuve de l’humiliation » in P. Rosanvallon, N. Delalande (dir) Les épreuves de la vie, Seuil, Paris.
  • Origgi, G. (2022) Ground Zero. The triangle of Humiliation, ERB (in press)
  • Morisseau, T. Origgi, G. Branch-Smith, T. : "Stakes of Knowing the Truth. A Motivational Perspective on the Popularity of a Controversial Scientific Theory" Frontiers in Psychology, 9 September 2021,