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Andreas Elpidorou

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Andreas Elpidorou is an academic philosopher and writer. He is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Louisville.[1] He specializes in the philosophical study of the mind and has published extensively on the nature of emotions (especially, boredom), consciousness, and cognition.[2] He is best known for his work on the function and value of boredom.[3] [4] [5] His articles "The Bright Side of Boredom" and “The Quiet Alarm” sparked worldwide attention: he has been featured in BBC News[4], Forbes[6], Nautilus[7], Nature[8], Fast Company[3][9], Vogue[10], Business Insider[11], and more,[12][13][14][15][16][17][18] and made appearances both on the radio[19][20][21] and television.[22] According to an entry in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Elpidorou was described as "probably the most prolific and certainly one of the most interesting of the writers on the subject [boredom] at present."[23]

Andreas Elpidorou
Born
🏳️ Nationality
🏫 EducationUniversity of Virginia (BS), Boston University (PhD)
💼 Occupation
🌐 Websitehttp://elpidorou.net

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Education and Career[edit]

Elpidorou earned his Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of Virginia (2006) and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University (2013).[24] Before joining the faculty in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Louisville, he taught as a visiting lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Boston University (2012-2013).

Research Areas and Publications[edit]

Elpidorou's work is informed by both the analytic and phenomenological traditions in philosophy and engages with issues in philosophy of mind and psychology, moral psychology, metaphysics, phenomenology, and aesthetics.[25] [2] Elpidorou's main philosophical interests include the nature of emotions and boredom, the ontology of consciousness, physicalism, and the character of introspection and imagination. [26][25]

Boredom[edit]

According to Elpidorou, boredom "should be understood as a functional emotion that is both informative and regulatory of one's behavior."[27] Specifically, Elpidorou argues that boredom plays an important, two-fold role in the mental economy of the experiencing agent.[28][27][5] First, boredom is a state that carries important information insofar as it signals the presence of a situation that is incongruous with the agent's interests.[28] Second, due to its character (the way it feels, its concomitant physiological and neurological changes, and its effects on cognition and volition) the experience of boredom motivates one to move out of their current unsatisfactory situation and into a new situation—one that the agent considers to be more satisfactory, attractive, or meaningful than the current one.[29][15][5] By serving such a function, boredom promotes a type of goal-directed motion: it moves one closer to activities that are in line with one's overall projects.[5][27][28][29] In other words, Elpidorou holds that boredom is a self-regulatory emotion: that is, a psychological mechanism that regulates one's behavior.[30] On account of this regulatory function, Elpidorou has argued that boredom has the ability to promote one's well-being.[29][31]

Books[edit]

  • Propelled Toward the Good Life (Oxford University Press, 2019)
  • Consciousness and Physicalism (Routledge, 2018) (co-authored)
  • The Moral Psychology of Boredom (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming) (edited volume)
  • Philosophy of Mind and Phenomenology (Routledge, 2016) (edited volume)

Notes[edit]

  1. "Full-time Faculty — Department of Philosophy". louisville.edu. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Andreas ElpidorouUniversity of Louisville | UL · Department of Philosophy 18. 63 · Ph.D. Philosophy. "Andreas Elpidorou | Ph.D. Philosophy | University of Louisville, Kentucky | UL | Department of Philosophy". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Giang, Vivian (2015-02-09). "The Science Behind How Boredom Benefits Creative Thought". Fast Company. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Giang, Vivian. "How moments of boredom help us achieve more". www.bbc.com. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Motivation and emotion/Book/2015/Boredom and motivation - Wikiversity". en.wikiversity.org. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  6. Nordstrom, David Sturt and Todd. "Bored At Work? Science Says That's A Good Thing". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  7. Zomorodi, Manoush (2017-10-26). "What Boredom Does to You". Nautilus. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  8. Koerth-Baker, Maggie (2016-01-14). "Why boredom is anything but boring". Nature News. 529 (7585): 146–148. Bibcode:2016Natur.529..146K. doi:10.1038/529146a. PMID 26762441.
  9. Harrison, Sam (2015-11-13). "6 Ways The Most Successful People Conquer Boredom At Work". Fast Company. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  10. "Sweet Nothings".
  11. Gillett, Rachel. "6 scientific benefits of being bored". Business Insider. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  12. Parenting (2017-06-14). "Why Parents Need To Limit Screens And Make Boredom Great Again". The Federalist. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  13. "L'ennui, très tendance". France Culture (in français). Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  14. Piepenbring, Dan (2016-12-01). "Robots Are Superior Buddhists, and Other News". The Paris Review. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Adonis, James (2016-01-14). "In praise of boredom, setting us free from the trials of endless distraction". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  16. "6 scientific benefits of being bored". The Independent. 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  17. Zapier (2019-04-09). "The Art of Being Bored: How to Be More Productive By Doing Nothing". Zapier. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  18. Schroeder, Michael (January 3, 2017). "Could you benefit from boredom?". U.S. News & World Report.
  19. "Andreas Elpidorou: The value of boredom". Radio New Zealand. 2015-08-15. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  20. ideodromio. "Ο Ανδρέας Ελπιδώρου στο "Ιδεοδρόμιο" και στο Πρώτο Πρόγραμμα - ΕΡΤ". Mixcloud. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  21. 04 - 10 - 17 Boredom can be good for you; tobacco use in teens; Nolan Smith, retrieved 2019-04-08
  22. "Look at the Bright Side: Feeling frustrated has positive benefits". WHAS11. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  23. O'Brien, Wendell. "Boredom: A History of Western Philosophical Perspectives". Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  24. "CV_Elpidorou" (PDF).
  25. 25.0 25.1 "research". andreas elpidorou. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  26. "Andreas Elpidorou — Department of Philosophy". louisville.edu. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Elpidorou, Andreas (2018-07-01). "The bored mind is a guiding mind: toward a regulatory theory of boredom". Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. 17 (3): 455–484. doi:10.1007/s11097-017-9515-1. ISSN 1572-8676.
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Elpidorou, Andreas (2014). "The bright side of boredom". Frontiers in Psychology. 5: 1245. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01245. ISSN 1664-1078. PMC 4217352. PMID 25404925.
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Elpidorou, Andreas (2018-04-03). "The good of boredom". Philosophical Psychology. 31 (3): 323–351. doi:10.1080/09515089.2017.1346240. ISSN 0951-5089.
  30. Danckert, James; Mugon, Jhotisha; Struk, Andriy; Eastwood, John (2018), "Boredom: What Is It Good For?", The Function of Emotions, Springer International Publishing, pp. 93–119, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-77619-4_6, ISBN 9783319776187
  31. Byrd, Author Nick (2017-09-16). "The Good of Boredom". Minds Online. Retrieved 2019-04-09.


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