CFP for Book Symposium: Propelled: How Boredom, Frustration, and Anticipation Lead Us to the Good Life by Andreas Elpidorou


During the 2021 Eastern division meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA), the Society for Philosophy of Emotion (SPE)( and the Journal of Philosophy of Emotion ( are hosting an author-meets-critics session on Dr. Andreas Elpidorou’s book, Propelled: How Boredom, Frustration, and Anticipation Lead Us to the Good Life (OUP, 2020).

The Journal of Philosophy of Emotion (JPE) is also accepting 4-5 additional commentaries for the book symposium on Dr. Elipodorou’s book, contingent on the JPE’s anonymous peer review. If you are interested in submitting your commentaries, please do so by no later than January 11, 2021. The commentaries will be vetted by Cecilea Mun and Dr. Elipodorou, and authors’ will be notified by January 15, 2021 as to whether their commentaries will move forward to be peer-reviewed for inclusion in the book symposium. Please also note that we are interested in a diversity of perspectives, including ones that will differ from comments that will be given by the critics in the author-meets-critics session.

An example of a similar kind of published book symposium can be found in the JPE’s inaugural issue on Rick A. Furtak’s book, Knowing Emotions ( Symposium précis and commentaries should be approximately 1,500-3,000 words in length, and we will leave the length of the author’s responses up to the author to decide. Please also note that the word limit is a guideline, and one the most important factors to ensure that the book symposium passes the peer-review process is the clarity and accuracy of its contents.

Please also consider joining us for the author meets critics session at the 2021 Eastern APA, which aims to host a welcoming, engaging, and productive conversation that contributes to the philosophical understanding of the character of negative emotions and states of discontent and of their roles in our lives. Given the themes of the book, the meeting will be of interest not only to emotion researchers, but also to scholars who work in moral psychology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, and value theory.

Abstract: Many of our endeavors—be it personal or communal, technological or artistic—aim at eradicating all traces of dissatisfaction from our daily lives. They seek to cure us of our discontent in order to deliver us a fuller and flourishing existence. But what if ubiquitous pleasure and instant fulfillment make our lives worse, not better? What if discontent isn't an obstacle to the good life but one of its essential ingredients? Propelled makes a lively case for the value of discontent and illustrates how boredom, frustration, and anticipation can be good for us. Weaving together stories from sources as wide-ranging as classical literature, social and cognitive psychology, philosophy, art, and video games, Propelled shows that these psychological states aren't unpleasant accidents of our lives. Rather, they illuminate our desires and expectations, inform us when we find ourselves stuck in unpleasant and unfulfilling situations, and motivate us to furnish our lives with meaning, interest, and value. Boredom, frustration, and anticipation aren't obstacles to our goals—they are our guides, propelling us into lives that are truly our own.

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Vol 1 No 1 (2019): Journal of Philosophy of Emotion

The Journal of Philosophy of Emotion (JPE) aims to be an internationally recognized, open access, philosophy journal specializing in the publication of high-quality, peer-reviewed papers that address philosophical interests on the topic of emotion, broadly construed (e.g., including affect), from a wide range of philosophical or interdisciplinary perspectives, across all traditions. The JPE holds that philosophers of emotion can learn from experts in other areas and disciplines, and vice versa, and is especially interested in work that demonstrate how issues in the philosophy of emotion are relevant to other areas in philosophy and other disciplines, and vice versa. It seeks to encourage an open exchange of ideas and appropriate, reasonable dialogue between scholars by providing a space where interdisciplinary pursuits in the philosophy of emotion can flourish. It does not promote any specific ideology, school, tradition, or methodology, but asks contributors to maintain an equal respect for all co-participants in its endeavors. It also shares the core values of diversity, inclusiveness, collegiality/community, honesty, integrity, the principle of charity, rigorous scholarship, and clarity of content with its affiliated society, the Society for Philosophy of Emotion.

Published: 2020-01-31
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