Philosophical Psychology

Multiple interests and concerns constitute this research area such as the ontology of self, affect, and agency, identity and social action, childhood development, naturalism, the limits of reductionism, the nature of happiness, animal consciousness, the unconscious, self-experience, intersubjectivity, and the nature of schizophrenia.

Several faculty are researching these matters, and many draw upon and contribute to experimental and clinical research, at times in collaborative, interdisciplinary projects.

Such work remains, however, theoretically ambitious and self-critical, drawing upon the history of philosophy as well as the traditions of existential psychiatry, feminist theory, pragmatism, and psychoanalysis, with Emory’s Psychoanalytic Studies Program currently administered through the philosophy department.

Selected Publications

Susan Bredlau. “Perceiving Through Another: Incorporation and the Child Perceiver.” The Development of Perception in Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology. Eds. John Russon and Kirsten Jacobson. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 2017. 81-98
Susan Bredlau. “Husserl's ‘Pairing’ Relation and the Role of Others in Infant Perception.” Journal of Consciousness Studies. 23.3-4: 2016. 8-30
Ursula Goldenbaum. “The Affects as a Condition of Human Freedom in Spinoza's Ethics.”  Spinoza by 2000. The Jerusalem Conference. Ethica IV: Spinoza on Reason and the “Free Man. Yirmiyahu Yovel and Gideon Segal, Eds. 2004. 149-165
Marta Jimenez. “Aristotle on “Steering the Young by Pleasure and Pain”,” Journal of Speculative Philosophy 29:2, 2015, 137-164 

Marta Jimenez. “Plato on the Role of Anger in our Intellectual and Moral Development,” Emotions in Plato, Laura Candiotto and Olivier Renaut Eds., Brill, forthcoming
John Lysaker. “Metacognition and the prospect of enhancing self-management in schizophrenia spectrum disorders.” Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology. Vol. 24, No. 2, June 2017. 169-178 – with Paul Lysaker
John Lysaker. Schizophrenia and the Fate of the Self. Oxford University Press, 2008 – with Paul Lysaker
Noëlle McAfee. “Trump and the Paranoid-Schizoid Politics of Ideality,” Contemporary French and Francophone Studies: SITES, forthcoming
Noëlle McAfee. “Freedom, Psychoanalysis, and the Radical Political Imaginary,” Literature, Ethics, Morality: American Studies Perspective. Philipp Schweighauser and Ridvan Askin, Eds. Gunter Narr Publishing House, 2015.
Jessica T. Wahman. Narrative Naturalism: An Alternative Framework for Philosophy of Mind. Lexington Books. 2015.

Jessica T. Wahman“It Depends What the Meaning of ‘Is’ Is: Santayana, Identity Theory, and the Mind-Body Problem.” Under Any Sky: Contemporary Readings of George Santayana. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007. 34–44  

Cynthia Willett. “Feminist Conceptions of the Self,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2015. – with Ellie Anderson
Cynthia Willett. Interspecies Ethics. Columbia University Press. 2014.
George Yancy, Ed. Narrative Identities: Psychologists Engaged in Self-Construction. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005 – with Susan Hadley
George Yancy, Ed. The Philosophical i: Personal Reflections on Life in Philosophy. Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.

Recent Courses

500 Aristotle on Action, Character and the Human Goal (Jimenez)
551 Ethics, Neuroscience, Philosophical Psychology, and Animal Studies (Willett)
789 Habituation and Human Development (Bredlau)
789 Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Political Philosophy (McAfee)
789 The Self (Lysaker)
789 Eros (Willett)