cod. 1011367

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - Second semester
- Orsola RIGNANI
Academic discipline
Storia della filosofia (M-FIL/06)
Storia della filosofia
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

Through the course, students will consolidate their capacities for critical, informed and autonomous judgement, as well as their
communication and lifelong learning skills. In particular,
students will develop the following
knowledge and comprehension skills (1st Dublin Descriptor)
in-depth knowledge of authors and/or themes of contemporary philosophical-anthropological thought; ability to understand texts/themes of contemporary philosophical-anthropological thought; knowledge of
terminologies and philosophical approaches necessary for the analysis
of problems and concepts, and the interpretation of contemporary philosophical-anthropological issues;
knowledge of contemporary philosophical-anthropological debates. In addition, students will develop
the following skills in the application of the acquired knowledge (2nd
Dublin descriptor): they will be able to express in a clear, philosophically documented and
reasoned way, with correct use of texts from contemporary philosophy; they will be able to apply the acquired knowledge in interdisciplinary fields;
they will be able to contextualize a philosophical concept and/or position;
they will be able to develop an inter-disciplinary view of the topics studied.
Finally, students will develop the following
skills of judgement, communication and continuous learning (3rd-4th-5th
Dublin descriptor): they will be able to critically examine a philosophical text/topic; they will be able to critically elaborate a philosophical position and/or argument; they will be able to evaluate
concepts in their relations, also in an inter-disciplinary sense; they will be able to know how to reconstruct and follow the genesis of a problem and/or a debate; they will be able to communicate orally their knowledge and and skills of analysis and judgement in a clear form,
documented, complete and logically organised; they will know how to properly evaluate and reconstruct
their own learning path and the skills and knowledge they have acquired.


General knowledge of the history of philosophy.

Course unit content

Course title: "Humans again: towards a post-anthropocentric, post-humanist and post-dualist humanism".
The course proposes a critical re-reading of the concept of the Anthropocene as a challenge to the repositioning of the human. And, in this perspective, referring to voices of contemporary philosophical thought such as Michel Serres and Posthumanism, it explores the horizon of a post-anthropocentric, post-humanist and post-dualist humanism.

Full programme

The Anthropocene is increasingly proving to be an ambiguous and abused term/concept. The Course therefore, referring to contemporary philosophical 'voices' such as that of Michel Serres and the post-humanist perspective, critically re-reads it as an engine/creator of instances of post-anthropocentric, post-humanist and post-dualist repositioning of the human.


1) M. Serres, "Darwin, Napoleone e il samaritano. Una filosofia della storia", Bollati Boringhieri, Turin 2017;
2) R. Braidotti, "Il postumano. La vita oltre l'individuo, oltre la specie, oltre la morte", DeriveApprodi, Rome 2014;
3) R. Marchesini, "Il tramonto dell'uomo. La prospettiva post-umanista", Dedalo, Bari 2009;
4) O. Rignani, "Umani di nuovo. Con il postumano e Michel Serres", Mimesis, Milan 2022.
The examination program is identical for attending and non-attending students.

Teaching methods

Lessons with in-depth seminars, in which reflection and critical thinking are encouraged. The course will be held in a blended mode, so you will be able to attend lectures in the classroom or live via the Internet (a mode that allows you to interact and contribute to classroom discussion). Recordings of the lectures will also be made available on the course page on ELLY. Where, at the beginning of the course, supporting teaching materials (slides and others) will be posted.

Assessment methods and criteria

The knowledge and ability to understand and apply the
acquired knowledge will be tested by means of an oral final examination.
Average exam duration approx. 20 min. The type of questions is
determined by the aspects of the student's preparation and training
student that are to be tested.
In particular, the oral examination aims to check: 1) the degree of
depth of knowledge and critical reworking; 2) the student's ability to compare interpretations and positions; 3) the ability to
understanding and contextualisation of texts.
The final grade (scale 0-30) is the result of the oral examination.
The oral examination will be assessed considering three parameters: 1) coherence and accuracy of exposition; 2) critical reasoning ability and autonomy of judgement; 3) comprehension ability and autonomy
of judgement; 3) ability to understand and analyse a topic.
The examination is passed if a minimum mark of 18/30 is achieved.
The final grade will be awarded according to the following table: 30 cum laude:
excellent; solid and extensive knowledge of the subjects studied,
excellent expressive abilities, ability to understand and analyse concepts and/or arguments; 30: excellent; complete and adequate knowledge, ability to
analysis/elaboration excellent, ability to express oneself correctly and excellently articulated;
27-29: very good; more than satisfactory knowledge, adequate analysis/elaboration and essentially correct and structured expression;
24-26: good; good but not complete knowledge, satisfactory analysis/elaboration and not always correct expression. 21-23:
fair; fair though superficial knowledge, ability to analyse/elaborate sometimes unsatisfactory and/or ability of expression sometimes not
appropriate; 18-20: sufficient; acceptable but very
superficial, unsatisfactory analysis/elaboration, often not appropriate
expression often not appropriate; 0-17: insufficient; the preparation
has serious gaps in terms of content, lack of
clarity of exposition, inability to understand and analyse themes/topics.

Other information

The themes of contemporary philosophical-anthropological thought can be independently and optionally deepened by consulting the following textbook: M. Marianelli-L. Mauro-M. Moschini-G. D'Anna (Eds.), "Anima, corpo, relazioni. Storia della filosofia da una prospettiva antropologica", Città Nuova, Rome 2022, vol. 3.