HUM-478 / 3 crédits

Enseignant: Deonna Julien Amos

Langue: Anglais

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We are urged to live emotionally rich and fulfilling lives, but the meaning of this injunction is often mysterious or even suspect. This course addresses, from a philosophical perspective and in a cool and systematic manner, the role emotions play in our epistemic, ethical and aesthetical lives.



Philosophy of mind; emotion ; affect ; value ; valence ; norms ; moral emotions ; moral psychology ; emotion vs. reason ; emotional motivation ; Emotional consciousness ; emotion and decision making ; emotion and wellbeing ; emotion and justice ; artificial emotions ; art appreciation ; shame ; admiration ; envy ; indignation ; hope ; disgust ; amusement ; sadness ; happiness

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Understand the distinctiveness of philosophical questions and problems in the philosophy of emotions and moral psychology more generally.
  • Distinguish between philosophical and empirical argumentative strategies in the relevant field.
  • Distinguish between philosophical and empirical argumentative strategies in the relevant field.
  • Autonomously analyse philosophical texts in the field.
  • Produce arguments and claims orally and in written form in the field.
  • Develop specific examples to illustrate philosophical ideas in the field.
  • Critique the arguments and claims of others (students/teacher) in the field.
  • Structuring a philosophical discussion in the field.
  • Establish a bibliography for a definite question/problem in the field
  • Create and deliver a quality talk to a general audience

Teaching methods

Semester 1 : Lectures (hours 1 and 2) + elaboration of a plan for semester 2 project (Hour 3)

Semester 2 : Group work resulting in project consisting in (a) an essay and (b) a presentation to peers.

Expected student activities

Semester 1 : Reading assignment, lecture attendance and participation (Hour 1 and 2), supervised group work (Hour 3)


Assessment methods

Semester 1 : End of semester examination on the content of the course (60%) and plan of project for Semester 2 (40%).



Office hours No
Assistants No
Forum No
Others Schedule of supervision will be handed out at the beginning of Semester 1. Contact through email.


Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)



General bibliography:

  • TIBERIUS, V. (2014), Moral Psychology. A Contemporary Introduction. New York: Routledge.
  • DEONNA J. & F. TERONI (2012). The Emotions : a philosophical Introduction, Routledge.
  • DEONNA, J., TAPPOLET, Ch. & TERONI, F. (2015) "Emotions: Philosophical Issues About" WIREs Cognitive Science.
  • DEONNA, J. A., RODOGNO, R., & TERONI, F. (2011). In defense of shame: The faces of an emotion. Oxford University Press.
  • PRINZ, J. (2004). Gut Reactions: A Perceptual Theory of Emotion, Oxford UP.
  • ROBERTS, R. (2003). Emotions: An Essay in Aid of Moral Psychology, Cambridge UP.

Moodle ressources :

  • Powerpoint slides (basis for Semester 1 examination)
  • Selection of scholarly articles on specific topics (basis for Semester 2 projects)

Ressources en bibliothèque

Moodle Link

Dans les plans d'études

  • Semestre: Automne
  • Nombre de places: 70
  • Forme de l'examen: Pendant le semestre (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Emotion and value I
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Projet: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines

Semaine de référence