Conference: Owning our emotions – emotion, authenticity and the self

owning our emotionsSenate House, London, 21-22 September 2016. Registration closes on 8th September 2016.
How do emotions relate to the self? On one possible view, emotions stand outside the self: they reflect biological drives or cultural demands independent of our own interests or values; when we act out of emotion, we are driven to act by psychological forces external to ourselves. But on another view, our emotional dispositions help to constitute who we are; words and deeds that come ‘from the heart’ are judged to have a special kind of worth, due to their authenticity. Can these two views be reconciled? And if not, which view comes closer to the truth?
The aim of this conference is address these questions, drawing on a range of philosophical traditions.
The conference is sponsored by the Mind Association and by the Institute of Philosophy. Speakers include Professor Kristján Kristjánsson, Professor Denis McManus, Professor Monika Betzler, Dr Jonathan Webber, Professor Fabrice Teroni, Dr Carolyn Price.
The conference will take place at To register please visit the conference website here and follow the links. Please address any inquires to

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