Director or Research at C.N.R.S. (National Centre for Scientific Research) - Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris
Joëlle Proust is a French philosopher working in Paris at Institut Jean-Nicod. A researcher at CNRS from 1976 to 2012, she has initially studied the history and the philosophy of logic. Her first book, Questions of form (1986, 1989) was awarded the bronze medal of CNRS. It deals with the specific conceptions and roles attributed to analytic propositions by authors ranging from Kant to Carnap. She then turned to the philosophy of mind: intentionality and animal cognition (Comment l'Esprit vient aux Bêtes, 1997, Les animaux pensent-ils? 2003), agency and personal identity (La Nature de la Volonté, 2005). From 2006 to 2009, she directed an ESF-funded, Eurocore research program on the evolution of metacognition (co-edited book: Foundations of Metacognition, 2012). Since 2011, she has been conducting an ERC-funded research aiming to provide a naturalistic account of sensitivity to epistemic norms in children and adults from different cultures. In her Philosophy of metacognition (2013) and later articles, she has explored the relations of metacognition to cognitive agency, the nature of epistemic norms, and the joint role of emotions and beliefs in epistemic evaluation.