John Protevi


On his book Political Affect: Connecting the Social and the Somatic

Cover Interview of February 16, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Placing affective cognition in a political context.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Continental philosophy of science looks at scientific practice as its object of study; it doesn’t incorporate scientific findings in a continental investigation of philosophical problems.”

On the second:

“During the Katrina storm and the days following it, pundits indulged a rhetoric of Hobbesian fantasy.  The reality was much more Rousseauean.  There was very little, if any, atomized anti-social predation in New Orleans; there was instead massive and spontaneous solidarity born out of empathy for threatened lives.”