In his novel Il nome della rosa, Umberto Eco seems to express ‒ also through the imagined words of the second book of Aristotle’s Poetics ‒ a hypothesis of philosophical laughter based on disharmony. As William of Baskerville realizes over the course of the story, the difficulty of believing in a solid relationship between knowledge, language, and reality makes it impossible to reconstruct the way in which things actually are: in response to the severity of the monastic attitude in considering the wordly reality and the truths of theology, a sceptic smile stands out. This point of view finds a confirmation even in times and authors different from those explicitly discussed in Eco's writings.

Disarmonia : una causa del riso da Umberto Eco al Medioevo / M. Parodi. - In: I CASTELLI DI YALE ONLINE. - ISSN 2282-5460. - 5:2(2017), pp. 267-277. [10.15160/2282-5460/1540]

Disarmonia : una causa del riso da Umberto Eco al Medioevo

M. Parodi
2017

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In his novel Il nome della rosa, Umberto Eco seems to express ‒ also through the imagined words of the second book of Aristotle’s Poetics ‒ a hypothesis of philosophical laughter based on disharmony. As William of Baskerville realizes over the course of the story, the difficulty of believing in a solid relationship between knowledge, language, and reality makes it impossible to reconstruct the way in which things actually are: in response to the severity of the monastic attitude in considering the wordly reality and the truths of theology, a sceptic smile stands out. This point of view finds a confirmation even in times and authors different from those explicitly discussed in Eco's writings.
Umberto Eco; Middle Ages; Philosophical Laughter; Disharmony; Scepticism
Settore M-FIL/06 - Storia della Filosofia
Settore M-FIL/08 - Storia della Filosofia Medievale
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