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Ruth Leys

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226488424

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226488738.001.0001

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The Turn to Affect

The Turn to Affect

A Critique

(p.307) Chapter Seven The Turn to Affect
The Ascent of Affect

Ruth Leys

University of Chicago Press

In recent years, the topic of emotion has attracted more and more attention from cultural critics and theorists, and the purpose of chapter 7 is to explore the terms in which this turn to affect has been taking place. The question posed is why the anti-intentionalism that has informed so much of the work on the emotions in the psychological sciences now exerts such a fascination on scholars in the humanities and social sciences. The analysis is offered in the spirit of a "history of the present," that is, as an attempt to understand the rise of a non-intentionalist "affect theory" in the light of the genealogy charted in this book and to explain why the views being forwarded must be characterized as mistaken. Throughout the chapter, the author seeks to draw out the aesthetic, political and philosophical implications of the new affect theorists' views.

Keywords:   autonomy of affect, William C. Connolly, Brian Massumi, Walter Benn Michaels, missing half second, dualism, neuroaesthetics, neurohistory, neuropolitics, Nigel Thrift

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