Emotions and Time: Approaching Emotions through a Fusion of Horizons

Book chapter


Eroukhmanoff, C and Teles Fazendeiro, BTF (2017). Emotions and Time: Approaching Emotions through a Fusion of Horizons. in: Sangar, ES and Clement, MC (ed.) Researching emotions in International Relations: Methodological perspectives for a new paradigm Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 255-276
AuthorsEroukhmanoff, C and Teles Fazendeiro, BTF
EditorsSangar, ES and Clement, MC
Abstract

This chapter examines the relationship between emotions and time. Drawing from Hans-Georg Gadamer’s hermeneutics, it takes a fusion of horizons as a means by which to place multiple temporal perspectives in dialogue with one another. As such, we argue that a fusion of horizons allows us to consider emotions not as isolated, ephemeral experiences but as a creative continuum in which a host of emotional appraisals, including their connections, can be explored. Looking at the effects of time and emotional experience opens up the methodological compass of the study of emotions. Upon discussing the nature of emotional experience and Gadamer’s fusion of horizons, the chapter turns to Stanley Fish’s affective stylistics, a method which takes the reader as ‘an actively mediating presence,’ in order to look at the connections between time and emotional experience. To exemplify how the method can be applied, the chapter studies the links between the emotional appraisals extolled by the Bush administration before and immediately after 9/11. Contrary to interpretations which suggest that 9/11 resulted in a radical restructuring of United States’ foreign policy, we argue that Bush’s emotional appraisals were actually beset by a strong level of continuity.

Page range255-276
Year2017
Book titleResearching emotions in International Relations: Methodological perspectives for a new paradigm
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
SeriesPalgrave Studies in International Relations
ISBN978-3-319-65574-1
Publication dates
Print01 Dec 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited16 Oct 2017
Accepted20 Jul 2017
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1007/978-3-319-65575-8
Web address (URL)http://www.springer.com/gb/book/9783319655741
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