Short CV/Education and training

  • 1993 – 1999
    Laurea (4-year BA), Philosophy, University of Florence (Italy). Dissertation: The Role of Gödel’s Theorems and Quantum Mechanics in the Mind-Computer Debate (70,000 words). Supervisor: Maria Luisa Dalla Chiara, Final grade: 110/110, cum laude.

  • 1999 – 2000
    MSc, Cognitive Science, University of Birmingham (UK). Dissertation: From Reasoning about Beliefs to Reasoning about Emotions. Final class mark: First

  • 2000 – 2004
    DPhil, Philosophy. University of Sussex (UK), School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences. Dissertation: Emotion, Cognition, and Dynamics: A Valenced Reappraisal. Supervisor: Andy Clark

  • 2000 – 2003
    Teaching Assistant, University of Sussex (UK). School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences.

  • 2003 – 2005
    Postdoctoral Fellow, York University (Canada), Department of Philosophy. Supervisor: Evan Thompson

  • 2005 – 2007
    Postdoctoral Fellow. University of Trento (IT). Cognitive Science Laboratory, Faculty of Cognitive Science.

  • 2007 – 2010
    Lecturer in Philosophy. University of Exeter (UK), Department of Sociology and Philosophy.

  • 2007 – 2008
    Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Exeter (UK).

  • 2010 – 2013
    Senior Lecturer in Philosophy. University of Exeter (UK), Department of Sociology and Philosophy.

  • 2010 – 2014
    Principal Investigator of 5-year Starting Grant funded by the European Research Council (ERC). Project title: “Emoting the Embodied Mind”.

  • since 2013
    Associate Professor in Philosophy. University of Exeter (UK), Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology.

Selected publications

  • Colombetti, G. 2014. The Feeling Body: Affective Science Meets the Enactive Mind. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press

  • Colombetti, G. 2013. Some Ideas for the Integration of Neurophenomenology and Affective Neuroscience, Constructivist Foundations, 8 (3), 288-297

  • Colombetti, G. 2013. Psychopathology and the enactive mind, in Fulford KWM, Davies M, Graham G, Sadler JZ, Stanghellini G, Gipps RGT, Thornton T (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1083-1102

  • Colombetti, G. 2011. Varieties of pre-reflective self-awareness: foreground and background bodily feelings in emotion experience, Inquiry, 54 (3), 293-313

  • Colombetti, G. 2010. Enaction, sense-making and emotion, in Stewart J, Gapenne O, Paolo ED (eds) Enaction: Toward a New Paradigm for Cognitive Science., Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 145-164

  • Colombetti, G. 2009. From affect programs to dynamical discrete emotions, Philosophical Psychology, 22 (4), 407-425

  • Colombetti, G. 2009. What language does to feelings, Journal of Consciousness Studies, 16 (9), 4-26

  • Colombetti, G., and Torrance, S. 2009. Emotion and ethics: an inter-(en)active approach, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 8 (4), 505-526

  • Colombetti, G. 2008. The Somatic Marker Hypotheses, and what the Iowa Gambling Task does and does not show. British Journal of Philosophy of Science, 59 (1), 51-71

  • Colombetti, G. and Thompson, E. 2008. The feeling body: towards an enactive approach to emotion., in Overton WF, Muller U, Newman JL (eds) Developmental Perspectives on Embodiment and Consciousness, New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Ass., 45-68

  • Colombetti, G. 2007. Enactive appraisal, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 6, 527-546

  • Colombetti, G. 2005. Appraising valence, Journal of Consciousness Studies, 12 (8-10), 103-126

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • ERC Starting Grant (2010-2014), Emoting the Embodied Mind (EMOTER)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries


  • International Society for Research on Emotion (since 2008)

  • Philosophy of Science Association (2006)

  • Canadian Philosophical Association (2005)

  • The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (2001)


  • Associate Editor of Phenomenology & the Cognitive Sciences (since 2014)

  • Member of Editorial Board of Topoi (since 2010)


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