Emotions and Critique: Affections in Contemporary Society

Without any doubt, emotions are one of the basic factors in our social reality. They coordinate the way that we relate to each other, and also the situation that we are part of, on various, institutionally constituted economic and political levels. Throughout history we witnessed ambivalent interpretations of emotions and of their roles in social and political life. It was often suggested that emotions are something that we have to refuse in order to make social action as rational as possible, and, on the other hand, emotions are emphasized while explaning mass behaviour. Emotions are also treated as the integrative basis of common life, through identitarian schemes (such as the feeling of belonging to a nation) or through different types of emotional support (care, solidarity and empathy). The aim of this round table is to critically analyze the role of emotions and our approaches to them. We will ask questions as the following: Do we need a special approach to emotions? In which measure are they relevant for political action? What is the significance of emotional care in contemporary societies? Does the emphasis on emotions lead to their exploitation or to emancipation? What is the relevance of emotions for the formation of a common perspective?

The round table is held on the occassion of Igor Cvejić’s book The Irreducibility of Emotional Capacity: the Emotion of Satisfaction and Dissatisfaction in the Philosophy of Immanuel Kant (Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, Belgrade, 2018).

Participants: Lazar Atanasković (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad), Predrag Krstić, Marko Konjović, Olga Nikolić i Igor Cvejić (Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade) Chair: Mark Lošonc (Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade).