Lorenza D’Angelo

I’m a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at Syracuse University in upstate New York. During my doctoral studies I was a visiting student at Stanford University and the Jean Nicod Institute.

I specialize in ethics and philosophy of mind, but I am also interested in aesthetics, environmental ethics, and action theory.

I received my M.A. in French and German Philosophy from the Erasmus Mundus Program based at the University of Toulouse Le Mirail, France. During this time I studied at the Universities of Luxembourg, Memphis, and Bochum.

I received my B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy. I spent my senior year as a visiting undergraduate student at the Freie Universität in Berlin.
My areas of research are consciousness studies, moral psychology, and value theory.

In my dissertation, I discuss the phenomenology, metaphysics, and ethics of pleasure and pain. I focus on their non-sensory varieties: emotional, aesthetic, and epistemic pleasure and pain. I argue that in order to do justice to the phenomenology of pleasure and pain we need to admit of non-sensory modalities of experience. A hedonic tone view of the nature of pleasure and pain becomes highly plausible. I finally consider how this view responds to fundamental challenges for hedonism about well-being: alienation, self-abasement, and self-deception. Here is a list of my published articles:

Emotional Experience and the Senses” (2022)
in Philosophers’ Imprint 22: 20, pp. 1-20.

In this paper I investigate the nature of emotional experience in relation to the senses, and I defend the thesis that emotional experience is partly non-sensory. First, I draw on Plato to set some conditions on what counts as sensory experience. Then, I present two arguments against the claim that emotional experience is wholly sensory: my first argument is based on the possibility of knowledge of emotion by acquaintance; my second argument is based on the non-sensory nature of valence.

The Siren Vase ©Trustees of the British Museum

Coronelli’s Erdglobus – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

Courses I have taught at Syracuse University:

Theories of Knowledge and Reality (Spring 2023)

Introductory undergraduate course in metaphysics and epistemology, presupposing no prior exposure to philosophy. Historical and contemporary readings. 25 students.

Critical Thinking (Fall 2022, Fall 2021, Fall 2020)

Introductory undergraduate course in the theory of rationality, presupposing no prior exposure to philosophy. Historical and contemporary readings in philosophy and psychology. 25 students.

Introduction to Moral Theory (Spring 2022, Spring 2021)
Introductory undergraduate course in ethical theory, presupposing no prior exposure to philosophy. Historical and contemporary readings. 25 students.

Environmental Ethics (Spring 2018)
Upper-level undergraduate course with focus on theories of animal well-being, value aggregation methods, and other ethical problems related to global climate change. 25 students. Some prior exposure to philosophy presupposed.

Contemporary Ethics (Fall 2017)
Upper-level undergraduate course in ethical theory with focus on influential articles published in the second half of the 20th century. 25 students. Some prior exposure to philosophy presupposed.


Syracuse University

Department of Philosophy
541 Hall of Languages
Syracuse, NY 13244

United States