Institut Jean Nicod

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Directrice de Recherche, CNRS

Social epistemology, philosophy of social science, philosophy of cognitive science and web studies


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Gloria Origgi’s research project draws on social epistemology, philosophy of social science and the study of social cognition 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.

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.

In the next 5 years she will focus on a project on Status and Knowledge, in order to understand the influence of status relations in epistemology. She will also explore the status relations within a project on South Epistemologies whose aim is to broaden the philosophical "canon" to other traditions of thought. She will also work on alternative motivations for action that are not reducible to interest, as for example, symbolic rewards such as reputation and esteem, and social passions. She will analyse the resurgence of passions in contemporary politics and international conflicts, the role of symbolic struggle in the public debate and in social mobilisation. In her research Origgi will explore contemporary knowledge on social passions as motives for action and try to articulate the causes and effects of passions with contemporary theories of social action.