Dalla gioia a una difficile beffa

Figure e funzioni del riso

  • Alberto Siclari


Rational activity seems, by definition, to marginalize the affective dimension. Logic, mathematics and science in general, but also philosophical considerations, should exclude feelings and desires or consider them with detachment, as “objects” among others. This detachment is, however, rather intentional than real. Cognitive activity, as recognized by psychology, is qualified by a specific pleasure; only its results, taken in themselves, can be emotionally neutral. Affectivity has a relevant part insofar as it qualifies and promotes the process of knowing. A consideration of the relationship between philosophy and emotional dimension, and more specifically between philosophy and the emotions arising from the discovery of contrast, can be validated in the works of certain philosophers. Spinoza, Kierkegaard, Høffding, in their diversity and in their relationships, help us understand how important emotionality is in philosophy. Philosophy, indeed, is not wisdom but the love of wisdom, albeit not necessarily happy