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Zoey Lavallee

Postes occupés

2021-2022 à aujourd'hui Stagiaire postdoctoral-e,

Thèmes Phares


I am a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University, supervised by Natalie Stoljar and Ian Gold. I received my Ph.D from The Graduate Center, CUNY, under the supervision of David Papineau. I work in philosophy of mind, as it intersects with philosophy of psychiatry, ethics, and feminist philosophy. My areas of interest are bioethics, social epistemology, philosophy of cognitive science and neuroscience, and philosophy of gender.

My research develops accounts of the nature of desire, the roles desires play in our mental lives and the cultural and normative dimensions of desire. In my doctoral dissertation I have developed a theory of desire according to which desires are essentially enculturated conceptualized states that play the role of presenting favorable outcomes that act as inputs to intention formation, and thereby intentional action. My work on desire has attended especially to two paradigmatically bodily desires: desires for drugs (specifically, addictive desires) and sexual desires. My current research is focused on the nature of social responsibility in the context of addiction, from a relational autonomy perspective.


Personal website: www.zoeylavallee.com