Researchers at UCD


Anna Bortolan

Post Doc Research Fellow Lvl I

School Of Philosophy
Newman Building
Dublin 4



I am an IRC Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow, carrying out a two-year research project on the phenomenology of self-esteem (October 2016 - September 2018). I was previously a Tutor in the Department of Philosophy at Durham University where I completed my doctoral studies in 2015. Prior to starting my PhD in Durham, I obtained a master's and a bachelor's degree (both conferred with the highest honours) from Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele (Milan, Italy). A Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar during the academic year 2010-2011, I was previously the holder of an Erasmus-LLP program grant which allowed me to spend five months as a visiting student at the Université de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland) (2007-2008).


Honours and Awards

Year: 2016.
Title: IRC Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship
Year: 2010.
Title: Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship
Year: 2007.
Title: LLP-Erasmus Programme grant
Year: 2003.
Title: "Alfiere del Lavoro" Award


Association: UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life, Function/Role: Affiliated Staff
Association: British Society for Phenomenology (BSP), Function/Role: Member
Association: Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) Ireland, Function/Role: Member
Association: Dublin Chapter of the European Early Career Philosophers Group, Function/Role: Member
Association: Laboratory for Research in Phenomenology and Sciences of the Person (PERSONA), Function/Role: Member
Association: European Philosophical Society for the Study of Emotions (EPSSE), Function/Role: Member
Association: Early Career Mind Network, Function/Role: Member


Year 2015 Institution: Durham University
Qualification: PhD Subject: Philosophy
Year 2009 Institution: Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele
Qualification: MA Subject: Philosophy
Year 2006 Institution: Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele
Qualification: BA Subject: Philosophy



Other Activities


Postgraduate Teaching

University College Dublin
Phenomenology: Selected Readings (2016-17; 2017-18) 

Durham University
Phenomenology and the Sciences of Mind (2015-16) 

Undergraduate Teaching

University College Dublin
Philosophy & Mental Disorder (2017-18) (2nd year module) - Module leader

Durham University
History and Philosophy of Psychiatry (2015-16) (one session)

Undergraduate Tutoring

Durham University
Ethics and Values (2015-16) (1st year module)
Knowledge and Reality (2015-16) (1st year module)
Philosophy of Mind (2015-16; 2014-15) (2nd year module)
20th Century European Philosophy (2013-14) (3rd year module)



Book Chapters

Bortolan, A. (2019) 'Self-Esteem, Pride, Embarrassment and Shyness' In: Szanto, T., Landweer, H (eds). The Routledge Handbook of Phenomenology of Emotions. London, New York: Routledge. [Details]
Bortolan, A. (2018) 'Phenomenology, Memoirs, and Autobiography' In: Stanghellini, G., Broome, M. Fernandez, A., Fusar-Poli, P., Raballo, A., Rosfort, R (eds). The Oxford Handbook of Phenomenological Psychopathology. Oxford: OUP. [DOI] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Bortolan, A. (2018) 'Self-Esteem and Ethics: A Phenomenological View'. Hypatia: a journal of feminist philosophy, 33 (1):56-72. [DOI] [Details]
Bortolan A. (2017) 'Affectivity and narrativity in depression: a phenomenological study'. Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy, 20 (1):77-88. [DOI] [Details]
Bortolan A. (2017) 'Affectivity and moral experience: an extended phenomenological account'. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 16 (3):471-490. [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

Bortolan, A. (2011) A Phenomenological Discussion of Antonio Damasio's Theory of Emotions Winter School The Phenomenological Mind [Details]
Bortolan, A. (2009) Coscienza di sé e coscienza degli altri: il ruolo dell'esperienza corporea CODISCO 2009 [Details]

Book Reviews

Bortolan, A. (2009) Fra illusione e previsione. Il ruolo del cervello nella costruzione della mente. (Review of Frith, C.D. 2007. Making Up the Mind. How the Brain Creates Our Mental World. Oxford: Blackwell). Book Reviews [Details]


Bortolan, A., Salice, A. (Eds.) (2018) Philosophical Perspectives on Affective Experience and Psychopathology. Special Issue of 'Discipline Filosofiche'. Other [Details]


Research Interests

Phenomenology; Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Emotion; Philosophy of Psychiatry; Post-Kantian European Philosophy; Ethics; Feminist Philosophy.