cod. 12917

Academic year 2013/14
2° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Estetica (M-FIL/04)
Discipline filosofiche
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
course unit
in - - -

Learning objectives

Educational targets Educational targets
1. Knowledge and understanding faculty.
The course is aimed to the understanding of the consideration development’s main lines in an aesthetic sector: the aesthetic categories definition of mimesis, art, and beauty in the Aristotle’s thinking. Besides the course is aimed to the inclusion of such categories within the late critical debate which tends to underline the mimesis and art cognitive aspects together with the fruition’s emotional significance.

2. Knowledge and understanding faculty applied.
The student shall be able to enunciate in a clear and coherent manner his own oral description concerning the matters treated during the course. The written report requested at the lessons conclusion shall express an adequate equilibrium between the expositive section and the argumentative section.

3. Making Judgment.
The student will be urged to internalize the matters in order to develop as time goes by, a philosophical texts critical and autonomous analysis, aiming to the problem solving.

4. Communication skills.
During the lessons progress and particularly during the seminars progress the student will be urged to take part actively and consequently to express in a persuasive manner, in-depth analysis inquiries, remarks and personal considerations. The oral examination will provide a precious opportunity to test and consolidate his communication abilities.

5. Learning skills.
In the written paperwork definition and drawing up and in the oral test, the student shall prove to have learnt a correct texts reading modality (aimed to the elucidation of the author’s aesthetic categories and reasoning line) and an adequate use of the discipline particular base lexicon.


The students are due to have a base philosophic grounding allowing them to have access to a particular lexicon of the discipline and to afford the Aristotle’s reading.

Course unit content

The course has an institutional character, supplying with an introduction to the aesthetics like philosophic discipline.

Full programme

The course is structured in educational units.
- The first educational unit is devoted to the aesthetics specificity matter because it is part of the philosophic consideration extent : there will be detected the research method and the choice subjects.
- The second educational unit is devoted to the aesthetics origin as
historical-philosophical and theoretical matter.
- The third educational unit is devoted to the expounded reading of the
philosophically most important points of the Aristotle Poetry; it will be
attempted to show the relationship between the theoretical founding level
the mimesis recognition like main descriptive level), the work structure,
the fruition’s modalities. Besides it will be attempted to show the Poetry
importance both for the aesthetics History and for art’s different forms of
treatise writing.
- The fourth and last educational unit is devoted to the continuity between
the Poetry and the Rhetoric’s third book concerning the expression’s
important matter.


Reference texts Compulsory Bibliography

Paolo D'Angelo, Elio Franzini, Gabriele Scaramuzza, Estetica, Milano, Raffello Cortina Editore, I ed. 2002.
Giovanni Lombardo, L'estetica antica, Bologna, Il Mulino, I ed. 2002.
Aristotele, Retorica, Milano, Mondadori, I ed. 1996; solo il III libro.
Aristotele, Poetica, Milano, Mondadori, I ed. 1999.

Readings suggested:
Stephen Halliwell, L'estetica della mimesis. Testi antichi e problemi moderni, Palermo, Aesthetica, 2009.
Wladislaw Tatarkiewicz, Storia di sei idee, Palermo, Aesthetica, II ed. riveduta e aggiornata 1997.
Alessandra Manieri, L'immagine poetica nella teoria degli antichi. Phantasia ed enargeia, Pisa-Roma, Istituti editoriali e poligrafici internazionali, 1998.

Teaching methods

The opening lessons are mainly devoted to the texts reading and commentary. Wide space will be left to the students interventions which will be solicited by a direct involvement in the lesson.
During the lessons some slides will be projected, whose purpose is the one to give linearity to the lesson, to specify some key-points and to supply with bibliographical directions of mentioned texts or of which it is suggested the lesson.

Assessment methods and criteria

Are envisaged two types of verifications: a written one and the other oral.
In order to make easier the report’s drawing up a lesson will be devoted at the course end. The oral examination, which will start with a brief discussion about the report, will concerns the base bibliography and its optional readings. During the oral examination the student shall answer to questions of different typology (of concepts descriptions, analysis of a test in programme point, of comparison among different authors different opinions). The final evaluation will be performed on the written report basis and on the oral test.

Other information

At the course’s end the slides will be made available to the students;
additional material will be also supplied for to the students (photocopies).