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Dr. Jean Moritz Müller

Research Associate


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  • University of Bonn
    Institute of Philosophy
    Römerstraße 164 (AVZ III)
    D-53117 Bonn
    Tel.: +49 (0) 228 73-3488
    Email: jmueller(at)
  • Office hour: Tuesday 15.00-16.00, Zoom meeting (prior notification by email)

Areas of research

  • Philosophy of mind
  • Philosophy of normativity

Research interests

My research is mainly focused on two issues: (i) the intentionality of emotions as well as their connection with value; (ii) responsiveness to reasons, in particular the role reason-responsiveness plays within a more general account of the normativity of mental attitudes. 

These issues are closely related in that I understand the connection between emotions and values in terms of reason-responsiveness. In examining this connection in the context of my PhD dissertation at the University of Manchester, I have developed a more general interest in our engagement with reasons and am currently exploring the prospects of a unified account of mental attitudes according to which their fundamental standard of correctness specifies a reason to which appropriate instances of this attitude are responsive.

Current publications

  • (forthcoming). "Knowing Value and Acknowledging Value: On the Significance of Emotional Evaluation". Inquiry. (Special issue: "Philosophy of Emotion: Phenomenology of Value", eds. J. Mitchell & J. Smith)
  • (forthcoming). Review of Emotions as Feeling Towards Value: A Theory of Emotional Experience, by Jonathan Mitchell (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2021). Mind. (with Sabine Döring)
  • (forthcoming) "Which Emotional Behaviors Are Actions?". In: A. Scarantino (Hg.). Routledge Handbook of Emotion Theory. New York/London: Routledge. (with Hong Yu Wong)
  • (forthcoming). "In Defence of the Content-Priority View of Emotion". Dialectica.
  • (2022). "Minimal Rationality: Structural or Reasons-Responsive?". In J. Deonna, C. Tappolet & F. Teroni (eds.). Tribute to Ronald de Sousa. Geneva: Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva.
  • (2022). "Sympathy, Interpersonal Awareness and Acknowledgment". Topoi. (Special issue: "Emotions in Epistemic Practices", eds. L. Candiotto & J. Slaby). (online first)
  • (2022). "The World-Directedness of Emotional Feeling: Affective Intentionality and Position-Taking" (Précis of The World-Directedness of Emotional Feeling). Emotion Review (online first)
  • (2021) "The Spontaneity of Emotion". European Journal of Philosophy 29(4), 1060-1078.
  • (2021) "Perceptualism and the Epistemology of Normative Reasons". Synthese 199(1-2), 3557–3586.
  • (2020) "Response-Dependent Normative Properties and the Epistemic Account of Emotion". Journal of Value Inquiry 54(3), 355-364.
  • (2020). Review of Emotions, Values and Agency, by Christine Tappolet (New York: Oxford University Press 2016). The Philosophical Quarterly 70(280), 647-650.
  • (2020) "Dietrich von Hildebrand". In: T. Szanto & H. Landweer (eds.). Routledge Handbook of Phenomenology of Emotion. New York/London: Routledge, 114-122.
  • (2019) The World-Directedness of Emotional Feeling: On Affect and Intentionality. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. (Reviewed in The Philosophical Quarterly by J. Mitchell:, and in The Review of Metaphysics by R. A. Furtak:
  • (2018) "Emotion as Position-Taking". Philosophia 46(3), 525-540. (Special issue: "Philosophy of Emotions", ed. A. Ben-Ze'ev)
  • (2017) "How (Not) to Think of Emotions as Evaluative Attitudes". Dialectica 71(2), 281-308. 

Brief Vita

  • since 11/2016: Research Associate (post doc), Institute of Philosophy, University of Bonn
  • 09/2015 – 10/2016: Research Associate (post doc), Institute of Philosophy, University of Tübingen (Chair of Practical Philosophy)
  • 09/2014 – 06/2015: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Philosophy, University of Manchester
  • 2014: PhD Philosophy, University of Manchester
  • 2008: MA Philosophy, King’s College London
  • 2006: BSc Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrück

Teaching (Summer Term 2022)

  • Schreibwerkstatt Philosophie (501022074), Tuesday 10(c.t.)-12h, AVZ III, R. 0007 / HS 2
  • Literatur- und Informationsermittlung im Philosophiestudium (501022073), e-tutorial


Link: Publications
Link: CV
Link: ResearchGate profile