Julien A. Deonna
Professor at Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva
General Information

Julien A. Deonna is Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the University of Geneva and Project leader at CISA, the Centre Interfacultaire en Sciences Affectives. He currently benefits from a FNS Professorship. He is director of Thumos, the Genevan research group on Emotions, Values and Norms, which is part of the Swiss Centre in Affectives Sciences and affiliated to the Philosophy Department of the University of Geneva.


Julien A. Deonna works in the philosophy of mind, in particular the philosophy of emotions, on moral emotions and moral psychology. His work reflects the ambition of taking seriously the phenomenological, ordinary language and empirical dimensions of the emotions in the various philosophical discussions in which they are central. In addition to many articles in the area, he is the co-author of In Defense of Shame (OUP, 2011) and The Emotions: a Philosophical Introduction (Routledge, 2012). Recently, he has been interested in discovering what we refer to by the expression ‘being moved’. With his collaborators - François Jaquet (candoc), Michele Ombrato (candoc), Federico Lauria (postdoc), Richard Dub (postdoc), Hichem Naar (postdoc) and Florian Cova - he runs two research projects, one on emotion, attention and value (NCCR, with F. Teroni) and one on the relations between emotion and desire (FNS Professorship). He also runs the "Moral Emotions" Focus of the NCCR with Prof. David Sander.

Selected Publications
Deonna, J. A. (2007) The structure of Empathy. Journal of Moral Philosophy 4(1), 99-116.
Deonna, J. A., Teroni, F. (2012) The Emotions: a philosophical introduction. Routledge London and New York 137.
Deonna, J. A. (2006) Emotion, perception and perspective. dialectica 60( 1), 29–46.
Deonna, J. A., Teroni, F., Rodogno, R (2011) In defense of shame. Oxford University Press New York 288 p..
Teroni, F., Deonna, J. A. (2008) Differentiating Shame from Guilt. Consciousness and Cognition 17(3), 725 - 740.