cod. 1008572

Academic year 2019/20
1° year of course - First semester
- Stefano CAROTI
Academic discipline
Storia della filosofia medievale (M-FIL/08)
Storia della filosofia
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

General acquaintance on medieval and modern discussions on happyness and its importance in ethics (knowledge and understanding; learning skills).
Reading and learning ability, related mainly to philosophical texts; good acquaintance with philosophical terms and with different philosophical schools. Writing in clear and argued form of papers on philosophical texts and problems (making judgements). Gaining abilities in doing research through the acquaintance with the sources and the main bibliographical instruments (applying knowledge and understanding; communication skills).


A sufficient acquaintance with XIVth-XVIIIth Century discussions on ethics.

Course unit content

«Nos organes sont susceptibles d’un sentiment ou d’un modification qui nous plait et nous fait aimer la vie. Si l’impression de ce sentiment est courte, c’est le plaisir ; plus longue, c’est la volupté ; permanente, on a le bonheur» (Julien Offray De la Mettrie, Anti-Seneque, ou Discours sur le Bonheur).

Happyness from Aristotle to modern age.

The course is devoted to some relevant contributions to the debate on this topic by medieval and modern authors: Thomas Aquinas, Jacobus de Pistorio, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke.

Full programme

Happyness from Aristotle to modern age.

Some parts of works by Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Jacobus de Pistorio. Thomas Hobbes and John Locke will be commented.
These texts can be found in the web site of the course:
-http://www.didaschein.net/corsiuniversitari/2019-2020/Laurea Magistrale/

Students who can not attend the course are invited to consult the recording of the lessons to be found in the course's site. In addition to the above program:
-Fulvia de Luise, Giuseppe Farinetti, Storia della felicità. Gli antichi e i moderni, Torino, Einaudi 2001 (Piccola Biblioteca Einaudi. Filosofia).


Some parts of works by Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Jacobus de Pistorio, Laurentius Valla, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke. will be commented.
These texts can be found in the web site of the course:
-http://www.didaschein.net/corsiuniversitari/2019-2020/Laurea Magisttrale/

Teaching methods


Assessment methods and criteria

The finals is oral; to be admitted to the exam the student is requested to prepare a paper on a topic (some topics) discussed in the philosophical text commented in the second part of the course (no more than 14.000 strokes). Papers are prepared autonomously, discussing eventually with the teacher the content of the second paper.

The oral proof is directed to establish the understanding of topics discussed.
30 cum laude: excellent, excellent and sound knowledge of the philosophical topics, excellent reasoning skill, high understanding of topics and reasoning, involvement discussions during the lectures;
30: very good, very good acquaintance with philosophical topics, ability in correctly and properly explaining and commenting philosophical textsi;
27/29 good, , good knowledge of philosophical topics, essentially proper ability in oral expression;
24/26: satisfactory knowledge of philosophical topics, even though not complete and with some inaccuracies;
21/23: acceptable knowledge of philosophical topics, even though superficial and with an improper way of oral expression;
18/21: passing, with problems in acquaintance with philosophical texts and improper way of oral expression;
> 18: insufficient, with evident and serious gaps in the knowledge of philosopphical topics and in oral expression as well.

Other information

Iinformations and educational material on the course's web site:
http://www.didaschein.net/corsiuniversitari/2019-2020/Laurea Magistrale/