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EMOTIONS FIRST. Feeling reason: the role of emotions in reasoning

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-01-01   to  2017-12-31


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1    THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH UK (EDINBURGH) coordinator 183˙454.00


 Project objective

‘Emotions First’: Neuroscientists have recently discovered the primacy of feelings and emotions over reasoning, in our mental life. On the basis of these results, cognitive scientists are developing a semantics of conceptual classification, grounded on feelings and emotions towards the world. My work for the Marie Curie aims to show that the ancient Greek philosophers developed theories of action, where the battle between our desires and feelings towards the world grounded the pattern of rationality that emerged from this battle. On my reading of ancient philosophy – primarily Plato, Aristotle and the Stoics – the process of reasoning arises from a calculus of feelings and emotions (culminating in love), which aim towards the organism’s good. Socrates held that every human has an innate desire for his or her own good; the human organism struggles to find the good, guided by the desires of the soul. Plato and Aristotle saw the human soul as a locus of desires and motivations, whose contest constitutes deliberation for the good. For both philosophers, the soul’s competing motivations and feelings towards the world result in pleasure, if the competition outcome is successful, and in pain, if not. The successful competition is reasoning, the unsuccessful, miscalculation. I aim to investigate the hypothesis that ‘the emotional quest for the good of the organism is constitutive of rationality’ in an international research-hotbed of ‘emotions in reasoning’, at the Philosophy Centre of Edinburgh University, where philosophy meets cognitive science on ‘emotive lateral thinking’ and on the ‘extended knowledge hypothesis’. The training I can receive at this Center will empower me to present in the best theoretical framework the ancients’ intuition that the calculus of feelings can shed light into the origins of rationality. This is my ambition for the Marie Curie Fellowship.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Laura Candiotto
Epistemic emotions: the building blocks of intellectual virtues
published pages: , ISSN: 1825-8646, DOI: 10.7413/18258646002
Studi di Estetica 2019-06-13
2017 Laura Candiotto
The route of goodness. Epistemic emotions, self-realization, and perfection
published pages: , ISSN: 2284-2918, DOI:
Thaumàzein 2019-06-13
2017 Laura Candiotto
On the Epistemic Value of Eros. The Relationship Between Socrates and Alcibiades
published pages: , ISSN: 2082-7539, DOI:
Peitho. Examina Antiqua 2019-06-13
2017 Laura Candiotto
Purification through emotions: The role of shame in Plato’s Sophist 230b4–e5
published pages: 1-10, ISSN: 0013-1857, DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2017.1373338
Educational Philosophy and Theory 2019-06-13
2016 Laura CANDIOTTO
HeideggerÂ’s ontic relatedness: Pros ti and Mitsein
published pages: 313, ISSN: 0104-4443, DOI: 10.7213/aurora.28.043.AO03
Revista de Filosofia Aurora 28/721 2019-06-13
2017 Laura Candiotto
Boosting cooperation. The beneficial function of positive emotions in dialogical inquiry
published pages: , ISSN: 1972-1293, DOI:
Humana.Mente. Journal of Philosophical Studies 2019-06-13
2016 Laura Candiotto; Sara De Vido
The Persuasive Force of Ancient and Contemporary Preambles. From Plato to International Law
published pages: , ISSN: 2280-482X, DOI:
Rivista di Filosofia del diritto/Journal of Legal Studies 2019-06-13
2016 Laura Candiotto
published pages: 1-5, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_311-1
Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory 2019-06-13
2016 Laura Candiotto
Nous e phren: conoscenza intellettuale, razionalità discorsiva e
published pages: , ISSN: 1626-0600, DOI: 10.4000/methodos.4343
Methodos 16 2019-06-13
2017 Laura Candiotto
The reality of relations
published pages: , ISSN: 0017-0372, DOI:
Giornale di Metafisica 2019-06-13
2017 Laura Candiotto
The inner desire for the understanding
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.7413/18258646001
Studi di Estetica 2019-06-13
2016 Laura Candiotto
Extended affectivity as the cognition of the primary intersubjectivity
published pages: , ISSN: 2239-4028, DOI: 10.13128/Phe_Mi-20122
Phenomenology and Mind 2019-06-13
2017 Laura Candiotto
La maturità intellettuale come akmé
published pages: , ISSN: 2035-732X, DOI:
Giornale critico di storia delle idee/Critical Journal of History of Ideas 2019-06-13
2015 Laura Candiotto
Aporetic State and Extended Emotions: the Shameful Recognition of Contradictions in the Socratic Elenchus
published pages: , ISSN: 1825-5167, DOI:
Etica e Politica/Ethics and Politics 2019-06-13
2017 Laura Candiotto
La cooperazione come virtù
published pages: , ISSN: 2039-2206, DOI:
Lessico di Etica Pubblica 2019-06-13
2017 Laura Candiotto
Socratic Dialogue Faces the History
published pages: 157-172, ISSN: 2222-3282, DOI: 10.1163/24683949-12340031
Culture and Dialogue 5/2 2019-06-13
2017 Laura Candiotto
Incantamenti. Il potere della parola orale in Socrate e i rapsodi e l’invenzione della performance filosofica
published pages: , ISSN: 1982-5323, DOI:
Anais de filosofia clasica 2019-06-13

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