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The Others in Me: the Impact of Others on Self-Conscious Emotions and Self-Understanding

Descrizione del progetto

Spiegare l’esperienza dell’esistenza

La coscienza di sé e la socialità sono due dimensioni fondamentali nell’esperienza dell’esistenza. La coscienza di sé è legata all’esperienza di sé e la socialità all’esperienza degli altri. Le relazioni tra le due vengono indagate, sulla base della psicologia, attraverso diverse emozioni che le associano, come la gelosia o l’imbarazzo. Tuttavia, da un punto di vista filosofico, è necessario colmare la lacuna presente nel definire il modo in cui gli esseri umani si relazionano con sé stessi e il modo in cui si relazionano con gli altri. Il progetto The Others in Me, finanziato dall’UE, rappresenta una borsa di studio individuale che unisce competenze di filosofia delle emozioni, psicologia morale e ontologia sociale nella ricerca sulle emozioni della coscienza di sé indotte dagli altri (etero-indotte) e l’influenza della socialità sulla comprensione di sé.


"This research action at University College Cork (UCC) aims at shedding light on the intersection of 2 central human capacities: self-consciousness and sociality. The first concerns how humans relate to themselves, the second, how they relate to others. The overarching question that this project investigates, from a philosophical perspective, is how these seemingly distinct capacities are related to each other, given what is known in psychology. To answer it, the project focuses on a class of emotions that epitomize the intersection of these capacities: self-conscious emotions induced by others (""hetero-induced""). These emotions offer key insights into what it means for persons to be social, since in them we feel that others impact who we are. The project is divided in 2 parts, devoted, respectively, to how self-consciousness shapes sociality and how sociality shapes self-consciousness.
This action has the following objectives. PART 1: Primary objective: to clarify what our capacity to experience such emotions reveals about the social nature of persons. Secondary objectives: to clarify the differences of ""depth"" among such emotions, their impact on behaviour and evolutionary relevance. PART 2: Primary objective: to illuminate the kind of self-understanding afforded by hetero-induced self-conscious emotions. Secondary objectives: to establish which dimension of the self is at stake in such emotions, which sort of insights we can gain through them and how relevant and reliable are these insights.
This action combines my expertise in the philosophy of emotion with the expertise of my host environment at UCC in social ontology and moral psychology. The work programme includes dissemination and communication activities such as journal articles and an international workshop linked to a collective volume. The research and training at UCC will enable me to restart and enhance my career by adding a secondary specialization in social ontology, greatly fostering my prospects."


Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 196 590,72
T12 YN60 Cork

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Ireland Southern South-East
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Costo totale
€ 196 590,72