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The Value of Emotions for Knowledge

  • Laura Candiotto


  • Collates twelve full-length articles by leading and up-and-coming academics on the exciting topic of philosophy of emotions

  • Focuses on the different roles that emotions play in our life, particularly their role in knowledge

  • Investigates the epistemological value of emotions in reasoning, a prominent research programme in the cognitive sciences


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

  3. Emotional Rationality

  4. Emotion Regulatory Affordances

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Sam Wilkinson, George Deane, Kathryn Nave, Andy Clark
      Pages 101-119
  5. The Epistemic Value of Emotions in Self-Understanding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Owen Earnshaw
      Pages 177-193
  6. The Epistemic Value of Negative Emotions and Suffering

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Michael S. Brady
      Pages 197-214
    3. Pascal Engel
      Pages 215-232
  7. The Epistemic Value of Group Level Emotions and Moods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
    2. Anja Berninger
      Pages 261-279
    3. Anthony Hatzimoysis
      Pages 281-296

About this book


“Philosophical work on emotion has arrived the very heart of our discipline. This superbly curated collection shows how rigorous, inventive and encompassing philosophers of emotion tackle key issues in the theory and ethics of knowing. I’m particularly struck by how smoothly historical and systematic perspectives get interwoven to challenge established ways of construing knowledge. Essential reading for epistemologists, ethicists and emotion scholars alike.”

Jan Slaby, Professor of Philosophy of Mind at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

"Laura Candiotto has done a great service to both philosophers of emotion and epistemologists in putting together this exciting new volume that explores the many ways in which emotions contribute to knowledge. The contributions are highly diverse, written by scholars from different traditions and areas of philosophy, including situated cognition, phenomenology, ethics, and more. All philosophers interested in emotion, cognition, and knowledge will thus find something new and valuable in this highly recommended collection."

— Giovanna Colombetti, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Exeter Unviersity, UK

“There has been an upsurge of interesting work on the emotions in recent years, drawing on a range of disciplines. This volume brings together a number of fascinating snapshots of this work, and in the process advances the debate still further. Essential reading for anyone working on the emotions."

— Duncan Pritchard, Chancellor’s Professor of Philosophy, UC Irvine & Professor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh, UK

This innovative new volume analyses the role of emotions in knowledge acquisition. It focuses on the field of philosophy of emotions at the exciting intersection between epistemology and philosophy of mind and cognitive science to bring us an in-depth analysis of the epistemological value of emotions in reasoning.

With twelve chapters by leading and up-and-coming academics, this edited collection shows that emotions do count for our epistemic enterprise. Against scepticism about the possible positive role emotions play in knowledge, the authors highlight the how and the why of this potential, lucidly exploring the key aspects of the functionality of emotions. This is explored in relation to: specific kinds of knowledge such as self-understanding, group-knowledge and wisdom; specific functions played by certain emotions in these cases, such as disorientation in enquiry and contempt in practical reason; the affective experience of the epistemic subjects and communities.


cognitive science neuroscience rationality epistemic emotions emotional exchange emotion epistemology

Editors and affiliations

  • Laura Candiotto
    • 1
  1. 1.Free University of BerlinBerlinGermany

About the editors

Laura Candiotto is von Humboldt Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of the Free University of Berlin, Germany. Her research on emotions merges her interest in social epistemology and philosophy of mind, social ontology, theories of happiness and well-being, and the history of philosophy. 

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