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IJN Workshop Emotions, Feelings, & Intuitions

Thursday 19 December 2019

Salle de réunion du DEC, 29 rue d’Ulm, 7500 Paris

Organization : Jérôme Dokic, Slawa Loev & Élisabeth Pacherie


11:00 am - 12:15 pm : Fabrice Teroni, How Do Emotions Relate to Bodily (Dis)Pleasures

Bodily (dis)pleasures and emotions are valenced, i.e. they are positive or negative. What is valence ? How do bodily (dis)pleasures and emotions relate to one another ? In this talk, my aim is to assess the prospects of two popular theses regarding the relation between bodily (dis)pleasures and emotions in light of what we can reasonably think about valence. According to the first thesis, the valence of bodily (dis)pleasures is explanatory prior vis-à-vis the valence of emotions. According to the second, emotions contain bodily (dis)pleasures. I argue that bodily (dis)pleasures are intentional states whose valence is to be understood in terms of evaluative experience, and bring to light the similarities and dissimilarities between their intentional structure and that of emotions. On this backdrop, I offer reasons to conclude that we should adopt neither of the two theses.

12:15pm - 2:00 pm : lunch

2:00 pm - 3:15pm : Bénédicte Veillet, Epistemic feelings and the Knowledge Argument

The Knowledge Argument against materialism relies on our intuitions about what happens to Mary the omniscient neuroscientists when she first sees color, namely that she learns something when that happens. This intuition is hard to dispel, in part because in imagining Mary’s first color sighting we can’t help but imagine that she’ll feel surprised.

There is little acknowledgement in the literature on the Knowledge Argument of the fact that the feeling of surprise is likely to be an epistemic feeling. The goal of this talk is to argue that this is a mistake : there is progress to be made in thinking about the Knowledge Argument if we look at what the literature on epistemic feelings has to say about surprise.


3:15 pm - 3:30 pm : coffee break

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm : John Bengson, Intuition in action