Hi! I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center For Affective Science in Geneva, Switzerland. I completed my PhD jointly at the Institut Jean Nicod in Paris and at the University of Geneva, under the supervision of Jérôme Dokic and Fabrice Teroni. In 2019-2020 I was a Visiting Fellow at the New York University Philosophy department, hosted by Jane Friedman. In 2022-2024 I will be a postdoctoral researcher at City University of New York, hosted by Jesse Prinz, and subsequently at the University of Toronto, hosted by Jennifer Nagel.
I work at the intersection of philosophy of emotion, epistemology, and cognitive science. My dissertation, entitled "The Anxious Inquirer: Emotions and Epistemic Uncertainty", concerns the relation between the epistemic attitude of doubt and the emotion of anxiety. In this dissertation, I propose a model of the affective architecture of doubt inspired in part by research in psychiatry on the persistent and recurring doubt of patients with Obsessive-compulsive disorder.
My current project is entitled "How we feel the future: hope, anxiety, and hypothetical thinking" and concerns the emotion-cognition interactions at play in our apprehension of future possibilities and their value for us. It is financed by a solo "Postdoc Mobility" grant from the Swiss National Funds for Research.
Joint PhD in Philosophy and Cognitive Science - Institut Jean Nicod and University of Geneva. Dissertation awarded with highest honors.
MASTER OF SCIENCE (MSC)
Philosophy of Mental Disorder, King’s College London, UK. Awarded with Distinction
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (BSC), CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Paris-Sorbonne VIII, Paris, FR
BACHELOR OF ARTS (BA), PHILOSOPHY
Paris-Sorbonne IV, Paris, FR
Vazard, J. (forthcoming). Feeling the Unknown: Emotions of Uncertainty and their Valence. Erkenntnis
Vazard, J. (forthcoming). The Doxastic Profile of the Compulsive Re-checker. Philosophical Explorations
Vazard, J., Kurth, C. (forthcoming). Introduction to the Topical Collection, “Worry and Wellbeing: Understanding the Nature, Value, and Challenges of Anxiety”. Synthese
Vazard, J. (forthcoming). Book review for "Psychopathology and Philosophy of Mind", edited by Valentina Cardella and Amelia Gangemi. Philosophical Psychology
Vazard, J. (forthcoming). Everyday Anxious Doubt. Synthese
Vazard, J. (2019). Passions et Psychopathologie, In Origgi, G. (ed.), Dictionnaire des Passions Sociales. Presses Universitaires de France.
Vazard, J. & Deonna, J. (2019). Darker Sides of Guilt, In Cokelet, B. & Maley, C. (eds.), Moral Psychology of Guilt. Rowman and Littlefield.
Vazard, J. (2018). Epistemic Anxiety, Adaptive Cognition, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Discipline Filosofiche: Philosophical Perspectives on Affective Experience and Psychopathology, 137.
WORRY AND WELL-BEING
Synthese Topical Collection on "Anxiety: its Nature, Value, and Challenges", co-edited with Charlie Kurth.