A lecture of the Bydgoszcz Academy of Art.
The lecture presents the philosophical connection between reason and madness in the problem and historical perspective, starting from the times of archaic Greece, through the Middle Ages and modern times, to contemporary times. In its form, the lecture is a kind of collage, a form consisting of quotations and paintings that are presented in theatrical form, and “scientific” comments to them. Such figures are mentioned as Apollo, Dionysus, Socrates, Plato, Paul of Tarsus, Descartes, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Husserl, Shestov, van Gogh and Cezary Wodziński. Apart from the question of madness as a disease entity, the lecture focuses on the presentation of madness as an alter ego of pure reason, as a dark side of the pure spirit. Referring to the most important events of the 20th and 21st century, the presentation ends with a question about reason and madness in the context of contemporary problems related to the terrorist threat and the issue of emigration.
Daniel Roland Sobota – doctor of philosophy, assistant professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is the author of several dozens of articles and two books: a two volume monograph entitled “Sources and inspirations of Heideggerian question about existence” (ed. Fundacja Yakiza, Bydgoszcz 2012-2013), and the work on the beginnings of phenomenological movement and the essence of phenomenology: The birth of phenomenology from the spirit of the question. Johannes Daubert and the phenomenological start-up (IFiS PAN, Warsaw 2017). Scholarship holder of the Foundation for Polish Science. Member of several Polish and foreign scientific societies. Related to Bydgoszcz, a local theatre culture animator, co-creator and member of the Bydgoszcz artistic group Magazyn Prób Bezpsa. He has performed as an actor in several theatre plays and performances. In the afternoons, a player and football coach (UEFA B). Through his interests he tries to combine different areas of life: philosophy, art, and sport, subordinating them to a common guiding idea, which is the subject of question and problem. An advocate of the “endure in inquiry” attitude. Unteacher, rebel and experimenter.