The aim of the article is firstly to illustrate various meanings of the category of ‘passion’ which function in the public educational discourse (as a key idea of initiative, educational undergoing). Secondly, it depicts an attempt to systematise different designatum of ‘passion’ concept, and in consequence to indicate philosophical concepts of passion and psychological concepts elaborated on the basis of systematically conducted empirical researches on human’s passion mechanisms (i.a the dualistic model of passion according to R.J. Vallerand; romantic concept of passion).
The contemporary science has become more and more parameterized and focused on points. In this situation it is more and more difficult to maintain “the purity” of the idea of science and its main goal – discovering the world, in selfless duty. That’s the reason why I have presented the example of a scientist, who was uncompromisingly, and with a real passion, devoted to science. I have choosen Maria Skłodowska-Curie: we celebrate the 150th anniversary of her birth in 2017.
In my paper, I analyse passion in the context of lifelong human development. The main concern is whether passion has to be one and steady, or whether it is possible to have various passions in life, or even many different passions at the same time? To answer my question, I refer myself to the psychology of human development and the psychology of interests, as well as to Robert J. Vallerand’s dualistic model of passion.