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Thomas Szanto

Thomas Szanto


Member of:


    AoS: Phenomenology, Philosophy of Mind and Action, Philosophy of Emotion, Social Ontology, Social Cognition, Philosophy of the Social Sciences

    AoC: Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language, Critical Thinking, (Applied and Meta-)Ethics

    Current research

    Currently, I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow (May 2016 - April 2018), working on my two-year research project, "SHARE: Shared Emotions, Group Membership, and Empathy", which is funded by the European Commission Horizon-2020 Research Innovation Framework Programme (SHARE-655067). My host and supervisor at CFS is Prof. Dan Zahavi.

    Before starting SHARE, I have spent two Postdoc years at CFS on a related  VELUX Fonden research project, entitled “Empathy and Interpersonal Understanding”.

    SHARE will focus on the following three core questions:

    1.) What is the relation between empathy, our ability to experience and understand others, and emotional sharing?

    2.) How do shared emotions and group membership affect or bias empathy?

    3.) Can groups collectively perform, or be targets of, empathy?

    As the first multi-level approach to the topic, SHARE will address these questions in relation to one another. It will integrate hitherto unrelated philosophical traditions, research strands and methods, notably phenomenology and social ontology, as well as social cognition research and social neuropsychology.

    Read more about the project here:

    ID: 108810504