doc. Laura Candiotto, PhD


Location: 05 007, Center for Ethics

Research interests

Philosophy of Emotion (Love, Shame, and Wonder); Enaction and Embodiment; Situated Affectivity; Ancient Philosophy (Plato); Social Epistemology; 4E Cognition; Pragmatism; Dialogical Inquiry and Participatory Sense-Making; Philosophy as a Way of Life (Hadot); French Philosophy (Irigaray, Deleuze, Camus); Philosophy of Well-Being and Contemplative Science; Virtue and Vice Epistemology; The Ethics of Knowledge; Aporetic States; Revision-Responsibility and Grounded Normativity; Ethics of AI; Affective Robotics; Extended Self; Environmental Ethics; Metaphysics of Relations.

Laura Candiotto is a philosopher of emotion who works at the intersection of situated affectivity, social epistemology and the ethics of knowledge. Her research is focused on the epistemic role of emotions, especially as embedded in embodied social interactions and epistemic cultures. She understands philosophy as a transformative practice with ameliorative aims, both at the personal and at the social level. This resonates with her research methodology. She employs different tools from different schools of thought and philosophical traditions for exploring real-world challenges.

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).


Laura Candiotto will be Visiting Professor in Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilio (UNIMORE) during the second semester (March-May 2023).

Teaching Experience

Laura Candiotto is currently teaching Ancient Ethics and Philosophy of Emotions. She have experienced teaching Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, History of Philosophy, Ethics, and Philosophy of Education.

List (selection):

- Existentialist Theories of Emotion

- Extended Mind and 4E Cognition

- Epistemology of Emotion

- Virtue Epistemology

- Philosophical Issues of Contemporary Management

- Greats: Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant

- Philosophy of Well-Being

- Philosophy of Education

- Ethics of AI

- 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). She is also the chair of the Mind and Life Europe ESRI Planning Committee.

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); Research Fellow at the IMèRA Institute for Advance Study of the Aix-Marseille University (2018-2019). She was a visiting scholar at 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 100 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:


Publications in English (selection)

(2022). "What I cannot do without you. Towards a truly embedded and embodied account of the socially extended mind". Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.

(2022). “The space in-between”. Constructivist Foundations, 17(3): 214-219.

(2022). “Loving the Earth by loving a place”. Constructivist Foundations, 17(3): 179-189.

(2022) “Epistemic Emotions and Co-Inquiry: A Situated Approach”. Topoi

(2021). “Why do We Need to Explore the Social Dimension of the Ethics of Knowledge?”. Humana.Mente. Journal of Philosophical Studies, 14 (39), III-X.

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

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

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

(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.

(2020) (online first: 2019). “Epistemic Emotions and the Value of Truth”. Acta Analytica. 35(4): 563-577.  

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

(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).

(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).

(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.

(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.

(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 70 talks at international conferences and workshops. Among them:

- August 2022, “Can we have cultural robotics without emotions?”, Robophilosophy Conference, University of Helsinky.

- August 2022, “Desire in-between and all aroung”, Learning with Others: Living Connections and Transmission, Mind & Life Europe, Pisa.

- July 2022, “The affective dimension of trust”, The present and future of AI research”, University of Konstanz, Institute of Advanced Studies.

- July 2022, “Longing for connection (online?): the feeling of extension". Approaching collective action transdisciplinarily: Collective intentionality, enactive cognitive science, and practice theory”, University of Darmstadt, Social Ontology Society.

- June 2022, “Affective Habits in Aesthetic Experience”, Humboldt-Kolleg “Aesthetic Habits“, University of Torino, Free University of Berlin, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

- June 2022, “The dialectics between suffering and enjoyment”, EPSSE pre-workshop on “co-emotions”, University of Graz.

- December 2021, "Extended Loneliness", Lecture Series "Philosophy and Psychopathology of Embodiment in Social Contexts", University of Heidelberg, Germany.

- November 2021, “Affective Habits“, Lecture Series “Recent Debates in Situated Cognition and Affectivity”, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.

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

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

- 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, The Netherlands.

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

- 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), Ireland.

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

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

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

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

- 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, Germany.

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

- 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, UK.

- 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, The Netherlands.

- 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, UK.

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

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

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

- 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, Spain.

- 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, Spain.


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