Philosophy and Affective Science




I work at the intersection of philosophy of emotion, epistemology, and cognitive science. My main project concerns the epistemic value of negative affective states, and particularly anxiety. I am currently a 4th year PhD student, working jointly at the Institut Jean Nicod in Paris and at the University of Geneva (Swiss Center for Affective Science). My advisors are Jérôme Dokic and Fabrice Teroni. In 2019-2020 I spent a year as a Visiting Fellow at New York University. 

Before starting my PhD, I held different positions in London (UK) and Boston (US). I was a Lecturer of French at Boston University (2015-2016), I conceived and organized conferences for professionals in London (2014-2015), and I was a bilingual editor for a media company in London (2013-2014). I completed a Master In Science in Philosophy of Psychiatry at King's College London (2012-2013), and a Master of Arts in History of Philosophy at Paris-Sorbonne IV (2010-2011).



Bonard, C. & Vazard, J. (2021). Pas de panique ? Les Ateliers de l’Ethique/The Ethics Forum, 16, 1.

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.

Vazard, J. (2018). « Anxiété », version académique, In Kristanek, M. (ed.), l’Encyclopédie philosophique. URL:



Groupe de Recherche en Epistémologie, Collège de France – Paris, December 2020

Questioning one’s Mind: Epistemic Anxiety and the Virtue of Epistemic Cautiousness

Philosophy of Psychology Seminar, New York University – New York, February 2020

Am I wrong about this? Epistemic anxiety as an interrogative attitude

Western Michigan University Philosophy seminar – Kalamazoo, November 2019

Anxiety and Irrational Questioning

European Society for Philosophy & Psychology Annual Conference – Athens, September 2019

Feeling epistemic gaps: feeling confused and the benefits of deep inquiry

European Philosophical Society for the Study of Emotion (EPSSE) Annual Conference – Pisa, June 2019

Possible Threats and Open Questions: Active doubt as Interrogative attitude

Swiss Center for Affective Science, Workshop “Cultivating negative emotions” – Geneva, June 2019

What we do when we doubt: Open Questions and Epistemic Anxiety

University of Neuchâtel, Philosophy Research Seminar – March 2019

Is Doubt an Emotion?

Swiss Center for Affective Science Annual Research Forum – Geneva, February 2019

What is anxiety? 

University of Geneva, Thumos Research Seminar – Nov. 2018

Unreasonable Doubt as a Failure of Affective Experience

University of Basel, Cognitive Irrationality Research Seminar – May 2018

Adaptive Cognition, Epistemic Anxiety, and OCD

British Society for the History of Philosophy Annual Conference – Durham, April 2018

From Habits to Compulsions: Losing control?

Agency Lab Seminar, Institut Jean Nicod, Ecole Normale Supérieure – Paris, September 2017

Metacognitive Feelings and the Sense of Control



Kurth, C. & Vazard, J. Introduction to the Synthese Topical Collection “Worry and Wellbeing: Understanding the Nature, Value, and Challenges of Anxiety” (in progress)

Vazard, J. Anxiety, Curiosity, and the Valence of Inquiry (in progress)

Vazard, J. Anxiety, Hope, and Future-Directed Practical Reasoning (in progress)

Vazard, J., Audrin, C. “Is Confusion an Epistemic Feeling?” (under review)

Vazard, J. “Questioning one’s Mind: Epistemic Anxiety and the Virtue of Epistemic Cautiousness” (under review)

Vazard, J. “The Doxastic Profile of the Compulsive Re-checker” (under review)



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