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. 

I will be in Germany for a semester starting January 2015 as a Humboldt Fellow (but I will continue directing MA theses at GSU from afar for interested students). Here are some forthcoming talks this semester:

  • Feb 4, 2015: “Emotions as Motivational Programs With Coordinative and Communicative Functions”, University of Osnabrueck, Germany
  • March 27, 2015: “How Non-Linguistic Signals Functionally Refer”, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • April 22, 2015: “Emotional Actions: A Taxonomy”, University of Tübingen, Germany  
  • May 6-7, 2015: A New Framework for Understanding Emotional Expressions”, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, Geneva, Switzerland
  • May 20, 2015: "Emotional Action Between Automaticity and Control", Berlin School of Mind and Brain.
  • June 25, 2015: “Probabilistic Information: A Brief History and a New Theory”, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.
  • July 8-10, 2015: "The New Basic Emotion Theory: Ekman Meets Frijda", Geneva, Switzerland, ISRE 2015
I was awarded a Philosophy and Science of Self-Control grant in 2015, funded by Templeton and administered from Florida State University (Al Mele is the principal administrator of the project). I will spend the Spring of 2016 trying to understand the specific roles emotions play in self-control.
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