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Georgia Southern philosophy professor invited to India to discuss research on emotion

Georgia Southern Philosophy Associate Professor Maria Magoula Adamos, Ph.D., center, is pictured with students from Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India.

While the word emotion dates back to 16th century France, the examination and study of its cognitive and biological complexity within humans dates back to ancient Greece and China. Georgia Southern Philosophy Associate Professor Maria Magoula Adamos, Ph.D., continued those studies on a recent trip to India, where she shared her research on the philosophy of emotion.

Adamos was invited to India by Department of Philosophy Head Atashee Chatterjee Sinha, Ph.D., and Deputy Coordinator Centre of Advanced Study, Phase V, Proyash Sarkar, Ph.D., from Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India for the week-long trip.

“They were interested in my research and invited me to give a series of lectures on the philosophy of emotion, which is my main area of specialization,” Adamos said.

Adamos spoke with several of her colleagues at Georgia Southern who are from India, including Gautam Kundu, Ph.D., from her department to help prepare for her trip.

Adamos’ lecture topics included what emotions are, how the different emotions are related, whether there are conceptual relations between the different aspects of emotion, and the unity or oneness of emotion. She said the students at Jadavpur were very receptive.

“They seemed to know all my papers that I had published, and they were very well prepared,” Adamos said. “This was a great honor and doesn’t happen very often.”

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