This chapter introduces and situates the concept of Charles S. Peirce's affectivity within a post-Darwinian context. It explains the post-Darwinian themes in Peircean affectivity using the work of Antonio Damasio, and introduces Pierce's thought to facilitate a rich dialogue between Peircean affectivity and social criticism. This chapter also highlights the specific social criticism thematic of this book, particularly the role of well-meaning people in hegemonic groups in perpetuating unintentional racism and sexism against non-hegemonic groups.
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