98767 - Philosophy of Emotions (1) (LM)

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Philosophical Sciences (cod. 8773)

Learning outcomes

This course examines central issues in current emotion research through the work of philosophers, psychologists, and cognitive and affective scientists. It is expected that students will become familiar with debates and theories about emotion and affectivity and will develop an ability to analyse and critically assess them.

Course contents

This course provides a philosophical introduction to the most influential theories of emotion of the past sixty years in philosophy and psychology. Taking a multidisciplinary and empirically informed perspective, the approach integrates philosophical analysis with the discussion of cutting-edge research in psychology and cognitive science, contextualizing current debates in the history of ideas from Darwin to pragmatism.


Moors, A. (2022), Demystifying Emotions: A Typology of Theories in Psychology and Philosophy, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Solomon, R.C. ed. (2003)2, What is an emotion? Classic and contemporary readings, New York, Oxford University Press: Part II: The Meeting of Philosophy and Psychology, pp. 55–157.


It is required that non-attending students also read

Campeggiani, P. (2023), Theories of Emotion: Expressing, Feeling, Acting, London, Bloomsbury.

Teaching methods

This course is designed to be delivered over a period of 5 weeks with three two-hour classes per week.

Assessment methods

Attending students are required to attend no less than 12 classes. Grades will be distributed as follows: active participation during classes (20%), final viva voce examination (80%).

Non-attending students will be evaluated on the basis of a viva voce examination.

The viva voce examination will commence with a ten-minute presentation by the student on a topic of their choice from within the course prescription. It will also include questions by the instructor on any other part of the prescription.


Students with disabilities and Specific Learning Difficulties (SLD)

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Teaching tools

Further readings will be provided via Virtuale.

Office hours

See the website of Pia Campeggiani