I graduated from the department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. I am currently Professor of Philosophy in the Philosophy Department at Georgia State University. I work primarily in philosophy of mind.  I am also a member of the Neuroscience Institute (NI).

You can reach me at ascarantino (at) gsu (dot) edu.
My current research focuses on three main areas:
  • Emotion: What is an emotion? How have theories of emotion changed over time? What are the advantages and shortcomings of competing theories of emotion? I propose a Motivational Theory of Emotion, which holds that emotions are essentially irruptive and prioritized impulses to behave.
  •  Information: What is information? How can we move from a theory of information to a theory of mental content? I propose a Probabilistic Difference Theory of Information, which holds that information is transmitted between A and B when the occurrence of A changes the probability of B, relative to background data. 
  • Communication: How did language evolve from more primitive forms of non-verbal communication, for instance from the non-verbal expression of emotion? I propose a Theory of Affective Pragmatics, which holds that emotional expressions are not only a means of expressing an inner state, but also of directing other people’s behavior, of representing what the world is like and of committing to future courses of action. If so, they foreshadow the main types of illocutionary acts language makes available.

I also help organizing the NeurophilosophyForum, which gathers a group of faculty and students who meet to discuss issues at the intersection of philosophy, neuroscience, and cognitive psychology. 

I thank the International Society for Research on Emotions (ISRE) for the invitation to be a keynote speaker at their 2019 Biennial conference in Amsterdam, July 10-13 2019. I gratefully accepted the invitation and look forward to the conference, which has always been one of my favorite conferences to attend.  

In the Spring 2019, I will be doing my first hands-on experiments on emotional communication in collaboration with psychologists Ursula Hess (Humboldt University) and Shlomo Hareli (University of Haifa), with the support of a Brains & Behavior Grant sponsored by GSU. I am grateful for the support.