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Andrea Scarantino


Ph.D., History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, 2005
Ph.D., Economics, Università Cattolica of Milan, Italy, 2000
B.S., Economics, Bocconi University, Italy, 1994


Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Emotions and Affective Science


Associate Faculty, Neuroscience Institute
Affiliate Faculty, Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics
Andrea Scarantino is Professor in the Department of Philosophy and in the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University, where he has served since 2005. He holds doctorates in History and Philosophy of Science (University of Pittsburgh, 2005) and Economics (Università Cattolica di Milano, 2000). Professor Scarantino has been awarded a John Templeton Foundation Grant on the Philosophy and Science of Self-Control (2016) and a Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany (2015-2017). He received in 2017 the Herbert Simon Award for Outstanding Research in Computing and Philosophy, conferred yearly by the International Association for Computing and Philosophy. He is the editor of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Emotion Theory, a unique interdisciplinary resource that features chapters on the main theoretical challenges of contemporary emotion theory in a variety of disciplines.
Professor Scarantino’s work encompasses two main topics: information and emotion. His primary objective has been to provide an explicative definition for both concepts that sharpens them while serving useful theoretical purposes. In more recent times, Scarantino has started to connect the two principal strands of his research. He is exploring what kinds of information the expression of an emotion broadcasts and how emotional expressions may have provided our ancestors with an informational infrastructure for the emergence of language.