But were they talking about emotions? Affectus, affectio, and the history of emotions

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Champion, Michael, Garrod, Raphaële, Haskell, Yasmin and Ruys, Juanita Feros. (2016). But were they talking about emotions? Affectus, affectio, and the history of emotions. Rivista Storica Italiana. 128(2), pp. 521-543.
AuthorsChampion, Michael, Garrod, Raphaële, Haskell, Yasmin and Ruys, Juanita Feros
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This study investigates how Latinate writers from the classical world to the early modern might have referenced the concept of 'emotion'. It focuses on the polyvalent terms 'affectus' and 'affectio', as these not only appear to have been heavily implicated in premodern discourses about emotional states and dispositions, but are also the cognates of modern terms, such as 'affect' and 'affection', that are undeniably emotions-centred. The study provides a preliminary survey of what the terms 'affectus' and 'affectio' could denote in terms of emotions, considers whether they were synonyms or signified discretely, and explores the expansion of their meaning when used in compounds with terms denoting the mind or body. It uncovers no teleology, but rather the likelihood that usage was modulated according to genre and authority. In conclusion it suggests points of departure for further research that will be able to nuance and complicate this important word history.

Year2016
JournalRivista Storica Italiana
Journal citation128 (2), pp. 521-543
PublisherEdizioni Scientifiche Italiane
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