Doc. Laura Candiotto, PhD


Location: 05 007, Center for Ethics

Research interests

Philosophy of Emotion (especially on Love, Shame, and Wonder); Social Epistemology; 4ECognition (Embodied, Embedded, Enactive, Extended Cognition); Ancient Philosophy (in particular Plato);  Feminist Social Epistemology and Ethics; Dialogue and Participatory Sense-Making; Virtue and Vice Epistemology; The Ethics of Knowledge and the Value of Truth; Self-Transformation and Self-Betterment; Aporetic States and Revision-Responsibility; Ethics of AI; Affective Robotics; Environmental Ethics; Metaphysics of Relations.

Laura Candiotto is a philosopher of emotion who works at the intersection of social epistemology and ethics. Her research is focused around the epistemic role of emotions, especially in social environments and practices. She understands philosophy as a transformative practice with ameliorative aims, both at the personal and at the social level. This resonates in her research methodology. She employs different tools from different schools of thought and philosophical traditions for exploring real-world challenges. In doing so, she philosophically engages in dialogues with relevant literature from other disciplines as well, mostly cognitive science, affective science, psychology, artificial intelligence and machine learning, organization and workplace studies, sociology, and educational theory and practice.


Education and Degrees (Academic)
1.    Docent (≈Associate Professor) in Theoretical Philosophy. Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research (2018).
2.    PhD in Theoretical Philosophy. Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in collaboration with Sorbonne University Paris I (2011).

3. Post-graduate degree in Philosophy for Children and Community. University of Padua (2006)
4. Master of Arts. Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (2005).


Teaching Experience 

Laura Candiotto have experienced teaching Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, History of Philosophy, Ethics, and Philosophy of Education.

List (selection):

- Existentialist Theories of Emotion

- Epistemology of Emotion

- Philosophical Issues of Contemporary Management

- Greats: Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant

- Philosophy of Well-Being

- Philosophy of Education

- Plato’s philosophy

- Hermeneutics and Philosophy of Dialogue


Previous Affiliations

Laura Candiotto is also a Fellow of the 4th Intercontinental Academy on “Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence” by UBIAS (University Based Institutes of Advanced Studies). Previously she was Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Fellow at the Free University of Berlin (2019-2021); Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Eidyn Research Centre (2016-2018); visiting scholar at the IMèRA Institute for Advance Study of the Aix-Marseille University (2018-2019), the Mind & Life Institute (2017and 2021), and the Pontifical University of Curitiba, Brazil (2016); Post-doctoral Fellow at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (2013-2015).



Laura Candiotto’s research led to the publication of more than 70 papers in leading journals and volumes (in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese), 13 edited volumes and journal special issues (in English and Italian), 3 monographs (in Italian). For the full list:


List of the ten most important publications in English

1. (2021), “Mimesis and Recollection”. In Platonic Mimesis Revisited, eds. J. Pfefferkorn and A. Spinelli, Baden-Baden, Academia 2021 (International Plato Studies vol. 40).

2. (2021) (with R. Dreon), “Affective Scaffoldings as Habits. A Pragmatist Approach”. Frontiers in Psychology.

3. (2021) (with H. De Jaegher), “Love in-between”, The Journal of Ethics.

4. (2021) "Care of the Self and Politics. Michel Foucault: Heir of a Forgotten Plato?", Platonism: Ficino to Foucault, V. Rees, A. Corrias, F. M. Crasta, L. Follesa, G. Giglioni (eds.), pp. 297-313. Leiden: Brill.

5. (2020) (online first: 2019). “The Divine Feeling: The Epistemic Function of Erotic Desire in Plato’s Theory of Recollection”. Philosophia, 48: 445–462. Indexed in SCOPUS and WoS.

6. (2020) ed. with O. Renaut. Emotions in Plato, eds. L. Candiotto, O. Renaut, pp. 1-14. Leiden: Brill (Brill’s Plato Studies Series vol. 4). In this book, Candiotto authored two chapters “Why Plato comes first” (with O. Renaut, pp. 1-14) and “Epistemic wonder and the beginning of the enquiry: Plato’s Theaetetus 155d2-4 and its wider significance” (with V. Politis, pp. 17-38).

7. (2019), ed. The Value of Emotions for Knowledge, London: Palgrave Macmillan. In this book Candiotto authored two chapters “From Philosophy of Emotion to Epistemology: Some Questions About the Epistemic Relevance of Emotions” (pp. 3-24) and “Emotions in-between. The affective dimension of participatory sense-making” (pp. 235-260).

8. (2019). “Plato’s dialogically extended cognition. Cognitive transformation as elenctic catharsis”, in The Routledge Handbook of Classics and Cognitive Theory, eds. P. Meineck, W. M. Short and J. Devereux, pp. 202-215. London and New York: Routledge.

9. (2018). “Purification through emotions. The role of shame in Plato's Sophist 230b4-e5”, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 50, Issue 6-7: pp. 576-585. Also republished in Bildung and paideia. Philosophical models of education, eds. J. Dillon, M. L. Zovko, London: Routledge: 2021.

10. (2015). “Aporetic State and Extended Emotions: the Shameful Recognition of Contradictions in the Socratic Elenchus”, Etica e Politica/Ethics & Politics, XVII, 2015(2), special issue on “The Legacy of Bernard Williams's Shame and Necessity”, ed. A. Fussi, pp. 233-248.



Laura Candiotto delivered more than 60 talks at international conferences and workshops. Among them:

- November 2021, “The aporetic dimension of recollection”, XIII Symposium Platonicum Pragense on Plato’s Phaedrus, 3-5 November 2021.

- September 2021, “Interrogating Wonder”, Royal College of Art, London, 21 September 2021.

- July 2021, (with M. Calcagno) “Epistemic and Practical Ignorance. A Virtue-Theoretic Approach”, EGOS Colloquium 2021, Sub-theme 34: Ignorance at Work: How Organizations Strive Not to Know, Free University of Amsterdam, 7-10 July 2021.

- June 2021, (with G. Piredda) “The Affectively Extended Self”, EPSSE, 10 June 2021.

- May 2021, “The role of ἔρως in recollecting the Forms. Phaedrus 249b-253c”, Erōs and Philia in Plato and Aristotle, Trinity College Dublin, Trinity Plato Centre, 8–9 May 2021 (invited speaker, online workshop)

- March 2021, “Emotions and Co-inquiry”, The role of emotions in epistemic practices and communities, Free University of Berlin, 4th March 2021.

- June 2020, “Emotions and Extended Cognition”, Panel “Emotional Artificial Intelligence”, International Interdisciplinary Conference “Artificial Intelligence in the New Communicative Reality”, Ural Federal University, Russia, 19th June 2020.

- February 2020, “Love in Between” (presented with H. De Jaegher), Workshop on the Philosophy of Love, Tilburg University, The Netherlands, 13rd-15th February 2020.

- January 2019, “Epistemic Emotions”, IUSS Pavia, Center for Neurocognition, Epistemology and theoretical Syntax, 07th Jan 2019.

- September 2018, “Extended Agency and Autonomy. The case of assistive technology”, OpenSelf. Investigating the Boundaries of the Self: Bodily, Social, and Technological, Technical University of Berlin, 5th - 7th September 2018.

- October 2016, “Emotions First. Epistemic emotions in Platos’ dialogically extended cognition”, Classics and Cognitive Theory, New York University, 27th - 28th October 2016.

- September 2016, “Socratic Dialogue at the border. Emotions for building the trust for humanity”, Lines in the Sand. Borders, Conflicts, Transitions, International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture, University of Glasgow, 9th - 11th September 2016.

- August-September 2016, “Positive Affectivity in Distributed Cognition”, Collective Intentionality X, Delft University of Technology, 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology, and the University of Groningen on behalf of the International Social Ontology Society (ISOS), 30th August - 2nd September 2016.

- August 2016, “Extended Affectivity as the cognition of primary intersubjectivity”. the 24th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, University of St. Andrews, 10th - 13th August 2016.

- June 2016, “Alcibiades, the pupil of Socrates”, the Celtic Conference in Classics, University College Dublin, 22nd - 25th June 2016.

- June 2016, “Remembering through Love”, EPSSE 2016, University of Athens, 13th - 15th June 2016.

- July 2015, “Aporetic state and the shamefull recognition of contradictions in the Socratic Dialogue”. EPSSE 2015, University of Edinburgh, 15th-17th July.

- October 2014, “The reality of relations. A philosophical interpretation of Rovelli's Relational Quantum Mechanics”. XI International Ontology Conference “Old Questions in Physis, Contemporary Approaches”, Under the Honorary Presidency of Bas Van Fraassen, University of San Sebastian.

- October 2012, “The children's prayer. Saving the phenomena”, X International Ontology Conference “Physis. From particles to human nature”, Under the Honorary Presidency of Daniel Dennet, University of San Sebastian.


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