Contemporary debates on the self often overlook emotion, even though in the past forty years the study of emotion has emerged as a research area in its own right in philosophy, psychology, developmental psychology, psychiatry and neurobiology. This talk will consider what contemporary theories of emotion, such as the leading theory of emotions as judgements, and the findings of the latest neurobiological research on emotion can contribute to the philosophy of self and consciousness and to the classical Indian debate on the existence and nature of self.
Dr Irina Kuznetsova is a Research Associate at Lancaster University. She holds her B.A. from St. Petersburg State University, an M.A. from SOAS London, and a D.Phil from the University of Cambridge.
Dr Kuznetsova has worked as a lecturer at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and at the University of Cambridge before joining Lancaster University as a Research Associate on ‘Hindu Senses of the Self: Responses to Buddhist Critiques’ project.
Dr Kuznetsova’s current research is based on the ātmavāda – anātmavāda debate between the Pratyabhijñā school of Kashmir Śaivism and the Logico-Epistemological school of Buddhism in Utpaladeva’s Īśvarapratyabhijñākārikā.
Dr Kuznetsova is the author of, Dharma in Ancient Indian Thought: Tracing the Continuity of Ideas from the Vedas to the Mahābhārata (Aylesbeare: Hardinge Simpole 2007).