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Psychosis, Belief, and Emotion


Posted 10/31/2017
Submitted by Brian Skelly
Category: Campus Announcements

Come join us at this week’s Philosophy Club meeting Thursday, November 2nd from 12:15 to 1:45 in 421 Auerbach Hall at the University of Hartford as local philosopher Richard Dub presents on Psychosis, Belief, and Emotion.

A person in the grip of powerful delusions, such as those that arise in schizophrenia, can say things so outlandish that it's difficult to understand how they could seriously believe what they say. For instance, someone who holds the Capgras delusion will claim, against all evidence to the contrary, that a loved one has been replaced with an imposter. Someone who holds the Cotard delusion will claim that they are dead. Someone beset with delusions of control might claim that they are telekinetically causing the sun to move across the sky.

How are such cognitions formed, and how are they maintained? What features of the mind are breaking down in these cases? We can learn a lot about how our cognitive architecture works by investigating how it breaks. Delusions have a lot to teach us about two sorts of mental state in particular: beliefs and emotions. In this meeting, I'll discuss how psychotic delusions present challenges for theories of belief and of emotion, and present some suggestions about how philosophers and psychologists should proceed.

Dr. Richard Dub completed an M.A. at Tufts University and a Ph.D. at Rutgers University in philosophy of mind. For the last four years, he has been a researcher at the Swiss Center for the Affective Sciences, an interdisciplinary institute in Geneva dedicated to the study of emotions.


The University of Hartford Philosophy Club has an informal, jovial atmosphere. It is a place where students, professors, and people from the community at large meet as peers. Sometimes presentations are given, followed by discussion. Other times, topics are hashed out by the whole group.

Presenters may be students, professors, or people from the community. Anyone can offer to present a topic. The mode of presentation may be as formal or informal as the presenter chooses.

Food and drink are served. Come and go as you wish. Bring friends. Suggest topics and activities. Take over the club! It belongs to you!