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), and I chair the Interdisciplinary Committee of the NI. Finally, I am the editor of the Emotion Researcher, ISRE's Sourcebook for Research on Emotion and Affect. The Emotion Researcher aims to become the premiere web-based, open-access, interdisciplinary and multi-media reference work for research on emotions, studied from the vantage point of humanities and affective sciences alike.

You can reach me at ascarantino (at) gsu (dot) edu.
My current research focuses on three main areas:
  • Emotions: What are emotions? How have theories of emotions changed through time? Are emotions natural kinds? Is core affect a natural kind? What are the advantages and shortcomings of competing theories of emotions?
  • Information: What is information? Can information be the yeast and flour we need to bake the mental cake? Should information be understood probabilistically or in terms of laws and counterfactuals? How can we move from a theory of information to a theory of mental content?
  • Philosophical methodology: How do we answer questions of the form "What is X?". Is there more than one one to get the answer right? How are scientific and philosophical answers constrained by our ordinary understanding of X? How are science and philosophy related?

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

Finally, I was selected by the International Association for Computing and Philosophy’s executive board for the 2017 Herbert A. Simon Award for Outstanding Research in Computing and Philosophy.

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