Beyond Alienation: Severino’s Removal of Pathological Contradiction
Keywords:Alienation, Nihilism, Originary Structure of Truth, Contradiction, Dysfunctional Communication, Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders
Based on a signiﬁcant reﬂection by Emanuele Severino on contemporary philosophy (i.e. Severino, 1996), this article explores the concept of “alienation” and its evolution from Hegelian theory to psychology/psychiatry and social science studies. The purpose of this article is to highlight the continuity between certain assumptions of Severino’s original framework and the comprehensibility of diagnostic aspects inherent to the state of alienation, particularly in cases of schizophrenic spectrum disorders. Severino was a philosopher who presented the most radical understanding of alienation, in line with the concept of nihilism and involving the identiﬁcation of “being” in relation to its absolute other – that is, “nothingness”. The fundamental aim of this manuscript is to proceed along a path of investigation that considers Severino’s thought as the foundation of the epistemology of a new science: one that does not start from the ﬁdeistic assumption of the oscillation between nothing and being.