cod. 00345

Academic year 2015/16
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Estetica (M-FIL/04)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
36 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
course unit
in - - -

Learning objectives

Educational Objectives
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. Applying Knowledge and Understanding.
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 Judgments.
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, giving an introduction to the 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 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.


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.

Reading advised:
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

The verification is oral.

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).