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Jona Vance

Jona Vance is a Lecturer in Department of Philosophy at Northern Arizona University(NAU) and Director of Philosophy in the Public Interest at NAU. Jona's research focuses on how different parts of the mind—especially perception, cognition, and emotion—are distinguished, how these parts interact, and what the consequences are of such interactions for how we navigate the world and gain knowledge. Most of this work centers on top-down effects.

PPP Contributions


  • Vance, J. (forthcoming). Phenomenal commitments: A puzzle for experiential theories of emotion. In The ontology of emotions. F. Teroni & H. Naar (Eds.), Cambridge University Press.

  • Vance, J., & Stokes, D. (forthcoming). Noise, uncertainty, and interest: Predictive coding and cognitive penetration. Consciousness and cognition.

  • Vance, J. (2015). Cognitive penetration and the tribunal of experience. The Review of philosophy and psychology.

  • Vance, J. (2015) Review of The predictive mind by Jakob Hohwy. Notre Dame philosophical reviews.

  • Vance, J. (2014). Emotion and the new epistemic challenge from cognitive penetrability. Philosophical studies.169(2): 257-283