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Mauro Rossi

Professeur de philosophie à l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

Postes occupés

2017-2018 à aujourd'hui Direction d'axe,
2008-2009 à 2009-2010 Stagiaire postdoctoral-e
2010-2011 Chercheur-e associé-e,
2011-2012 à 2013-2014 Chercheur-e associé-e,
2014-2015 à aujourd'hui Membre régulier-ère,


I am an Associate Professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Before joining UQAM in 2010, I completed a PhD in Philosophy at the London School of Economics in 2009, under the supervision of Richard Bradley, and spent two years (2008-2010) as a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre de Recherche en Éthique de l’Université de Montréal (CRÉUM).

My research interests are in value theory and prudential psychology. More specifically, I am currently working on three projects.

  1. Wellbeing and Happiness (with Christine Tappolet)

In this project, we pursue four main goals. First, we provide an analysis of the concept good for, which is crucial for understanding the concept of wellbeing. Second, we develop a new eudemonistic account of wellbeing in terms of fitting happiness. In order to do this, we defend an affective theory of happiness, according to which the latter consists in an overall positive affective experience of values. Third, we develop a general account of affective states such as emotions, moods and sensory pleasures, as well as of the nature of affectivity. Finally, we offer an account of the relation between wellbeing and virtues, which emphasizes the constitutive relation between emotions and virtues.

  1. The Nature and Value of Childhood (with Andrée-Anne Cormier)

Our goal in this project is to develop an account of the nature and value of childhood. The main questions we consider are the following.  What is a child? Is being a child a bad, neutral or good state to be in? In what sense, if any, does children’s wellbeing differ from adults’ wellbeing? What determines the overall value of childhood?

  1. The Fitting-Attitude Analysis of Comparative Value

According to the fitting-attitude analysis of value, to judge that an item is good is to judge that that item is a fitting object of a favorable attitude. My aim in this project is to extend the fitting-attitude analysis and to offer an account of comparative value relations (i.e. ‘betterness’, ‘equality’, ‘worseness’, ‘parity’), value degrees and of the more general notions of value comparability and value incomparability.


Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • (2018) “What Kind of Evaluative States are Emotions? The Attitudinal Theory vs. The Perceptual Theory of Emotions” (with Christine Tappolet), forthcoming in the Canadian Journal of Philosophy.
  • (2018) “Happiness, Pleasures, and Emotions”, forthcoming in Philosophical Psychology.
  • (2017) “The Problem of Predation in Zoopolis” (with Andrée-Anne Cormier), forthcoming in the Journal of Applied Philosophy.
  • (2017) “The Fitting-Attitude Analysis of Value Relations and the Preferences vs. Value Judgments Objection”, Economics and Philosophy, 33(2): 287-311
  • (2016) “Value and Preference Relations: Are They Symmetric?”, Utilitas, 28(3): 239-253.
  • (2016) “Virtue, Happiness, and Wellbeing” (with Christine Tappolet), The Monist, 99(2): 112-127.
  • (2015) “Emotions and Wellbeing” (with Christine Tappolet), Topoi, 34(2): 461-474.
  • (2014) “Simulation Theory and Interpersonal Utility Comparisons Reconsidered”, Synthese, 191(6): 1185-1210.
  • (2014) “Sur la symétrie présumée entre valeurs et préférences”, Les ateliers de l’éthique / The Ethics Forum, 9(2): 82-98.
  • (2011) “Transcendental Arguments and Interpersonal Utility Comparisons”, Economics and Philosophy, 27(3): 273-295.
  • (2011) “L’éthique de la vertu et le critère de l’action correcte” (with Martin Gibert), Dialogue 50(2): 367-390.
  • (2011) “Degrees of Preference and Degrees of Preference Satisfaction”, Utilitas, 23(3): 316-323.
  • (2009) “Comparing Preferences”, mente, 10: 93-110.

Book Chapters

  • (2018) “Primauté des raisons ou des valeurs ?”, to appear in O. Desmons, S. Lemaire and P. Turmel (eds.), Méta-éthique. Débats contemporains. Paris: Hermann.
  • (2016) “The Evolutionary Debunker Meets Sentimental Realism” (with Christine Tappolet), in G. Marchetti and S. Marchetti (eds.), Facts and Values: The Ethics and Metaphysics of Normativity, pp. 176-195. London: Routledge.
  • (2015) “What is value? Where does it come from? A philosophical perspective” (with Christine Tappolet), in J. Deonna, T. Brosch and D. Sander (dir.), The Value Handbook: The Affective Sciences of Values and Valuation, pp. 3-22. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Non Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • (2016) “Présentation du dossier: L’éthique animale”, Ithaque, 18: 53-57.
  • (2012) « Normativity and Normative Psychology: Introduction », Les ateliers de l’éthique / The Ethics Forum, 7: 141-145.

Edited Journal Issues

  • (2012) Rossi, M. (dir.), Les ateliers de l’éthique / The Ethics Forum. Special volume on: “Normativity and Normative Psychology”, 7: 141-252.
  • (2009) Rossi, M. & Beritelli, L. (dir.), mente. Special volume on: “Philosophy of Economics”, 10: 1-240.

Book Reviews

  • (2013) Review of Susana Nuccetelli and Gary Seay (eds.), Ethical Naturalism: Current Debates, Dialectica, 67(2): 257-264

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