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Research topics :

It is widely thought that awareness of oneself exhibits certain semantic and epistemic peculiarities (as compared with awareness of things other than oneself). Our research attempts to describe and explain these peculiarities, by investigating the nature and interconnections among phenomenal consciousness, self-awareness, and self-reference. Our approach is primarily philosophical but attempts to incorporate ongoing developments in cognitive science, neuroscience, and linguistics. Some of the phenomena we have focused on include : mental indexicality and self-reference ; bodily self-awareness ; emotions and self-consciousness ; the alleged self-referential character of phenomenal consciousness ; the relationship between consciousness and self-consciousness ; attitudes de re and de se ; the role of phenomenal consciousness in grounding other mental phenomena ; imagination, fiction, and the first-person perspective ; the role of metacognitive feelings in monitoring and controlling one’s own mind ; the nature of the self ; and the nature of perceptual consciousness.


Permanent members
Uriah Kriegel (DR CNRS, consciousness and intentionality), Head
Jerome Dokic (DE EHESS, metacognition)
Pierre Jacob (DR CNRS, consciousness and action)
Elisabeth Pacherie (DR CNRS, agency an the self)
Jérôme Pelletier (Lecturer, Université Bretagne Occidentale, emotions and self)
Francois Recanati (DR CNRS, mental indexicality)
Frédérique de Vignemont (DR CNRS, bodily self awareness)


Associate members
Alexandre Billon (Lecturer, Université de Lille, the self)

Takuya Niikawa (Constructing a unified theory of consciousness, dir. U. Kriegel)
Hye Young Kim (Phenomenology of intersubjectivity, dir. U. Kriegel)


Visitors 2018-2019
Hsiang-Yun Chen (Institute of European and American Studies, Taiwan)
Jordi Fernandez (University of Adelaide)
Jonathan Schaffer (Rutgers University)
Bénédicte Veillet (University of Michigan-Flint)


Phd students
Géraldine Carranante (Perception and categorization, dir. U. Kriegel)
Aïda Elamrani-Raoult (consciousness and machine-brain interface, dir. U. Kriegel)
Anna Giustina (The nature of introspection, dir. U. Kriegel)
Tricia Magalotti (Emotion and rationality, dir. U. Kriegel)
Juliette Vazard (negative emotions, dir. J. Dokic)

Visiting students

Master studens


- Initial Training Network : "Diaphora", Sven Rozenkrantz. French team : "Self" (PI : Elisabeth Pacherie).
- A Leverhulme International Network ’What’s So Special about First-Person Thought ?’, Stephan Torre. Aberdeen, ConceptLab-Oslo, Institute Jean Nicod, Logos-Barcelona, University of Oxford, University of St. Andrews & Tufts. French team : PI François Recanati.
- Columbia PSL Collaborative Network : Perception (November 2016-August 2017)
- "Intentionality, Consciousness, and Naturalization" : A New Directions in the Study of the Mind project (January 2016-December 2017)

Selected Recent Publications

Billon, A. Forthcoming. "Basic Self-Awareness." European Journal of Philosophy.

Jacob, P. Forthcoming. "Does the claim that phenomenology overflows cognitive access rest on an illusion ?" In M. Frauchiger (ed.), Themes from Putnam. Ontos.

Kriegel, U. Forthcoming. "Brentano’s Dual-Framing Theory of Consciousness." Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.

Pacherie, E. Forthcoming. "Collective phenomenology." In K. Ludwig & M. Jankovic (eds.), The Routledge Handbook on Collective Intentionality. New-York : Routledge.

de Vignemont, F. Forthcoming. “Pain and Touch.” The Monist.

Giustina, A. and U. Kriegel. 2017. "Fact-Introspection, Thing-Introspection, and Inner Awareness." Review of Philosophy and Psychology 8 : 143-164.

Giustina, A. 2017. "Conscious Unity from the Top Down." The Monist 100 : 16-37.

Billon, A. 2016. "Making Sense of Cotard Syndrome." Mind and Language 31 : 356-391.

Dokic, J. 2016. "Aesthetic Experience as a Metacognitive Feeling ? A Dual-Aspect View." Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 116 : 69-88.

Recanati, F. 2016. "Indexical Thought : The Communication Problem."
In S. Torre and M. Garcia-Carpintero (eds.), About Oneself. Oxford : Oxford University Press.

de Vignemont, F. and P. Jacob 2016. "Beyond Empathy for Pain." Philosophy of Science 83 : 434-445.

Billon, A. 2015. “Why are We Certain that We Exist ?” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 91 : 723-759.

Billon, A. and U. Kriegel 2015. “Jaspers’ Dilemma : The Psychopathological Challenge for Subjectivity Theories of Consciousness.” In R. Gennaro (ed.), Disturbed Consciousness. MIT Press.

Kriegel, U. 2015. The Varieties of Consciousness. Oxford University Press.

de Vignemont, F. 2015. “Pain and bodily care : Whose body matters ?” Australasian Journal of Philosophy 93 : 542-560.

Recanati, F. 2014 "First Person Thought." In J. Dutant, D. Fassio and A. Meylan (eds.), Liber Amicorum Pascal Engel, University of Geneva, pp. 506-511.

de Vignemont, F. 2014. “A multimodal conception of bodily experiences.” Mind 123 : 989-1020.



Top : Géraldine Carranante, Enrico Grosso,
François Recanati, Elisabeth Pacherie.
Bottom : Uriah Kriegel, Tricia Magalotti, Daria Vitasovic, Anna Giustina, Andrew Lee, Nathalie Evin.