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  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Psychiatry
  • Emotions and Consciousness



Postdoctoral Associate;
Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University

I’m a Postdoctoral Associate at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy at Western University. I am supervised by Jackie Sullivan. In 2021, I was a postdoc fellow at the University of Antwerp, supervised by Bence Nanay, before that, a postdoc at the Canada Research Chair on Epistemic Injustice and Agency, at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) (2020), supervised by Amandine Catala, and before that, a postdoc at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) (2018-2020), under the supervision of Jesse Prinz. I completed my Ph.D. in philosophy at UQAM and Paris- Sorbonne, in 2018, under the supervision of Luc Faucher and Daniel Andler.

My research interests lie in the area of philosophy of psychology and psychiatry, and philosophy of mind, mainly on emotion, consciousness, and autism. My current research focuses primarily on unconscious emotions, self-consciousness, the relations between emotion and perception.


Gatzia, D., Arnaud, S., (Forthcoming), “Loving objects: can autism explain objectophilia?”, in Archives of Sexual Behaviors.

Arnaud, S. & Prinz, J., (2021) “Emotions”, in B. Young & C. D. Jennings (eds.), Mind, Cognition, and Neuroscience, Part IV (Situating the Mind). Routledge Press.

Arnaud, S. (2020), “Self-consciousness in autism: A third-person perspective on the self” in Mind and Language. 2020; 1– 17.

Arnaud, S. (2020), “Social-emotional salience in autism: moving beyond theory of mind”, in Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. Advance online publication.

Arnaud, S. (2020), “Emotional Consciousness in Autism”. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 27(9- 10), 34-59.

Pendoley, K., & Arnaud, S. (2020), “Intentionalism, Ambivalent emotions, and the body”, in B. Brogaard & D. E. Gatzia (eds.), Being of two minds: the philosophy and psychology of ambivalence, Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy, Routledge.

Arnaud, S. (2019), Sensibilité et conscience émotionnelle dans l’autisme, Revue de médecine et philosophie, 1,(1)

Arnaud, S. & Gratton, C. (2018). « Les femmes en philosophie, qu’est-ce que ça mange en hiver? », Glad!(3) Juin 2018, 30 p.

Arnaud, S. (2018), « Autisme », version Grand Public, in M. Kristanek (dir.), l’Encyclopédie philosophique, URL:

Faucher, L., & Arnaud, S. (2018) “Raisons morales, motivations morales et psychopathologies”, in: Quels lendemains pour la responsabilité ? Perspectives multidisciplinaires, dir. Marchildon A. & Duhamel A., Nota Bene, collection bleue, 2018

Arnaud, S. (2016), Troubles du spectre autistique. Une agentivité morale objective, rigoriste et émotionnelle – BioéthiqueOnline 2016, 5/12. (Award received by the Research Funds of Quebec)

“The relationality of emotions” In collaboration with J. Prinz – Experimental philosophy

“Internal intentionalism and the understanding of emotion experience” Written with K. Pendoley

“What are unconscious emotions?” (Presented at the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, SPP 2019, San Diego)


Arnaud, S. “First-person perspectives and scientific inquiry of autism: towards an integrative approach”

Arnaud, S. “A Strong Intentionalist account of emotions”

Arnaud, S. “Transparency of Emotion and Perception”

Arnaud, S. “Emotion Phenomenology and the body”

Arnaud, S. « L’influence de l’expertise des communautés autistes sur la science : vers une meilleure compréhension de l’autisme », in Philosophiques, Gagné-Julien, A-M. and Méthot, P-O (eds). Numéro thématique en philosophie de la médecine.

Winter and Summer 2021, “L’être humain” and Éthique (Ethics), Cégep Édouard Montpetit and Cégep Beauce-Appalaches, Québec

Spring 2020, Emotion, Co-teaching with J. Prinz, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Summer 2018, Ethics, Cégep Édouard Montpetit, Québec

Winter 2018, Esthétique (Aesthetics), Université du Québec à Montréal, Lecturer

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