cod. 1000186

Academic year 2011/12
3° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Storia della filosofia (M-FIL/06)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
80 hours
of face-to-face activities
12 credits
course unit
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Learning objectives

Knowledge of the primary arguments of the History of Philosophy from the 18th to the 20th centuries. The type of issues covered in this course makes it possible each year to examine key moments in the history of thought of this period with special attention given to the fundamental moments in preceding historical periods. Ability to comprehend the principal lines of argument of a philosophical text, including on the basis of lexical skills that make it possible to comprehend the relevance of given philosophical terms in given historical contexts. Knowledge of the type of problems and the method of approaching them in philosophy in relation to precise historical and cultural contexts. Within the context of the outlook offered in this course, knowledge of contemporary philosophical issue, both in terms of their historical genesis as well as their current relevance.


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Course unit content

The relation between Ethics and philosophical Anthropology.The course aims to provide a general reconstruction of the fundamental topics of the history of the philosophy from the end of the seventeenth century to the end of the twentieth century. Specifically the course aims to provide a detailed description and a critical examination both of the concept of norm and of the concept of the person, which are developed beginning from the Kant’s philosophy in the methodological debate on nature sciences and culture sciences and in the contemporary philosophical Anthropology.

Full programme

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I. Kant, Risposta alla domanda: cos’è illuminismo?, in I. Kant, Scritti di storia, politica e diritto, a cura di F. Gonnelli, Roma-Bari, Laterza 1995 e ristampe
I. Kant, Inizio congetturale della storia degli uomini, in ivi.
I. Kant, Critica della ragion pratica, trad. it. di F. Capra, riv. da E. Garin, Roma-Bari, Laterza 1997 e ristampe
H. Rickert, Il fondamento delle scienze della cultura, trad. it a cura di M. Signore, Ravenna, Longo editore, 1979, fino al capitolo 4, Natura e cultura, compreso

H. Rickert, Il fondamento delle scienze della cultura, trad. it a cura di M. Signore, Ravenna, Longo editore, 1979
E. Husserl, La filosofia come scienza rigorosa, trad. it. di C. Sinigaglia, Roma-Bari, Laterza 2000
E. Cassirer, Saggio sull’uomo, Roma, Armando 1968

Teaching methods

The first 6 lessons of Unit A are designed to supplement the student’s basic preparation by outlining a line of study for the history of philosophy that explains how the course material will be covered in general for key moments in ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary thought. Bibliographical information and reference texts for the History of Philosophy will be given, as well as basic texts of the History of Philosophy to allow students to create a solid basis of study.
In the classroom, textbooks that have the original text and translations side-by-side will be used; when such texts are not available, original language texts will be used so that students will become familiar with the most important terms and those specific to each author examined. At the end of the course, a list of these terms in their original language accompanied by a translation will be provided.
The course syllabus has been designed to develop the conceptual analysis of the proposed topic with direct reference to the writings of the authors examined, including through readings and discussion. Conceptual analysis is aimed at clarifying the problem, the arguments offered and the conclusion developed by each author, with special attention given his interlocutors and critical debate of which he was part or gave rise to. The historical context in which each author developed his own views is constantly referred to. In addition, works that (although not part of the final exam) are important for understanding the theoretical and historical relevance of the arguments covered, will be presented briefly. These works, such as critical essays, are made available to students who wish to study in more depth the arguments covered in the classroom.
The course, divided into two units, Unit A and Unit B, is worth 10 credits. The two units of the course may also be taken separately. Subject to the permission of the course instructor, Unit B, which is more specialised, may be taken independently of Unit A which is more introductory in nature.
Modifications and supplementary material for students in other courses of study may be agreed upon.
At the end of Unit A, students may sit an exam for the material covered in order to subsequently concentrate on preparing Unit B.
Evaluation is based on ascertaining the student’s ability to comprehend and correctly present the principal topics and arguments covered during the course, the historical questions covered and the ability to grasp dilemmas and problematic aspects in the philosophical positions discussed.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral and written examination.

Other information

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