• In Search for a Loophole from the Deadlock of Disinterested Pleasure.Wandering about in the Region of Sources of Art Therapy – Dostoevsky, Mozart and Interpersonality

    Treating art- and bibliotherapy as one discipline, this paper aims to discuss interpersonality in Dostoevsky and Mozart as one of the main sources of art therapy.
    „Who is right?” “Who has the truth?”
    The author analyzes passages from Dostoevsky’s Devils to demonstrate interpersonal dialog as interpreted by Mikhail Bakhtin in Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics. A scene from Act I of Mozart’s Don Giovanni is presented to illuminate the “classic” relation between “psychiatrist” (Don Giovanni) and his “patient” (Donna Elvira). It is the psychiatrist—“the sane one”—who “as a rule” is right, not the patient (i.e. “the insane one”). Ronald David Laing, founding father of the British anti-psychiatrist movement is ready to refute Don Giovanni: “Who is madder? The staff or the patients?” Laing’s answer is that the patient can “also” be right, but only if he or she is treated as a “normal” person, i.e. as a partner in the dialog.
    Truth—aletheia—is revealed to poets, in and by the poetic work, as related by Socrates in Plato’s Symposium. It is beauty that keeps together the ontological framework of being in the most coherent—and palpable—way for man, and beauty has a powerful soteric effect.