What emotions can teach us about music: cognitivism, musical expressiveness and affective responses to music
Federico Lauria is a postdoctoral researcher in philosophy at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences and at the Philosophy Department of the University of Geneva. His main interests are in the philosophy of emotions, at the intersection of philosophy of mind and practical philosophy (ethics and aesthetics). He has recently obtained a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Geneva for his dissertation on desire. He is now working on several topics in philosophy of emotions and related areas, particularly desire, self-deception, character traits, musical emotions, hope, epistemic emotions, and the evil of death. He is also a member of the Center of Cognitive Sciences at the University of Neuchâtel.
At Columbia University, he will explore the relations between emotions and music. He will defend a new theory of musical expressiveness and musical emotions with the help of cognitive theories of emotions, in particular the appraisal theory of emotions that has been developed at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences.