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 a 3rd year PhD student 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. I am currently visiting New York University for the year 2019-2020, where I work with Jane Friedman.
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), I was a bilingual editor for a media company in London (2013-2014), and I completed a Master In Science in Philosophy of Psychiatry at King's College London (2012-2013).
Vazard, J. & Deonna, J. (2019). Darker Sides of Guilt, In Cokelet, B. & Maley, C. (eds.), Moral Psychology of Guilt. Rowman and Littlefield.
Vazard, J. (2019). Passions et Psychopathologie, In Origgi, G. (ed.), Dictionnaire des Passions Sociales. Presses Universitaires de France.
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:
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
WORK IN PROGRESS
FEELING EPISTEMIC GAPS: CONFUSION AND INQUIRY
A collaboration with Catherine Audrin, PhD. in Psychology at the Swiss Center for Affective Science, on the nature and epistemic value of feeling confused.
GUILT, PUNISHMENT ANXIETY, AND NORMATIVE VULNERABILITY
A collaboration with Heidy Meriste, PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Tartu, on distinguishing (future-focused) guilt from punishment anxiety.
This paper is concerned with the familiar phenomenon that some authors have captured under the label “epistemic anxiety” (Hookway 1998, Nagel 2010). I propose a unified account of the nature and specific content of this state, relying on recent work in epistemology on "Interrogative Attitudes" (Friedman 2013, 2017).