The Anatomy of Joy

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The Anatomy of Joy

Fabrica Litterarum Polono-Italica 2024, no.1 (6)

Since Henri Bergson claimed that we find joy in creative activity, is it justified then to suspect that a deficit of joy would favour the world of thinking in accordance with templates and directives? And, when we read in Simone Weil that joy is a sign of spiritual growth, can we conclude that culture without joy spiritually collapses and becomes philistine? Or, perhaps it is important to consider the lesson of Marguerite Yourcenar, who claims that “Joy does not need us. Only suffering appeals to our mercy,” as necessary (and still not comprehended). Are we able to cope with joy that does not need us even though we seem to need it so badly? So how do we establish a relationship between us and joy, and what forms could this relationship take? What expression of this joy would we find if it were not reduced to “mirth” or “entertainment”? We invite you to reflect on these issues related to joy, but also those we have not mentioned here.

Issue editor: prof. Tadeusz Sławek

Due to the large number of applications, the call for texts for issue 6th (2024) has been closed.