This issue of Tópicos del Seminario aspires to demonstrate the vitality of the topic of affectivity in the field of phenomenological research. From the abundant unpublished works of phenomenologists such as E. Husserl, M. Heidegger, A. Pfänder, M. Geiger, M. Scheler, L. Langrebe, etc. – most of the writing since the beginning of the last century – the contemporary work of phenomenology has focused on their efforts in rebuilding this productive facet of research. The connection of phenomenological reflection oneffect with such different but closely related topics, such as natural attitude, lifeworld (Lebenswelt), historicity, empathy, passivity, etc., has been an area of research that has more than shown the fertility of the meticulous work of the description of affective experiences.
Similar to the Linguistic Turnwith which Gustav Bergmann and Richard Rortycharacterized philosophical research in the middle of the last century, and whose central theme was language. Nowadays, we talk about an Affective Turn, or a Turn to Affect, whose central theme has to do with the study of anything that has been understoodby a long tradition as the translation of the Greek pathos: affects, passions, emotions, moods, feelings, etc. It is possible to argue that in the last few years the topic of affectivityhas established a true revolution in contemporary philosophy and widely diverse disciplines such as biology, anthropology, psychology, linguistics, semiotics, neuroscience, social sciences, among others. However, this revolution should not be understood as if it were dealing with a topic that is in style in any of the manybranches of contemporary philosophical research. The 20th Century philosophy was characterized by the division into two rather differentiated areas: analytical and continental. In the face of this division, the study of affectivity has been one of those topics that have permeated the wall that divides both traditions and that has contributed to the overcoming of their differences and the search for common ground in philosophical work.