Political Philosophy and Sexuality (2016/2017)

Course code
4S003325
Name of lecturer
Lorenzo Bernini
Coordinator
Lorenzo Bernini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
SPS/01 - POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
Sem. IA (31.10.16 sosp.lezioni), Sem. IB

Lesson timetable

Sem. IA (31.10.16 sosp.lezioni)
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall Zorzi B  
Tuesday 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall Zorzi B  
Sem. IB
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall Lorenzi from Nov 15, 2016  to Nov 15, 2016

Learning outcomes

Western political thought has for a long time concealed sexual differences behind the principle of the alleged equality of all individuals before the law. This course provides examples of critical philosophies that, on the contrary, have interrogated the relationship between politics and sexuality from the point of view of so-called “sexual minorities”, and that have consequently developed new interpretative frames to understand the subject, the collectivity, and the political action.
At the end of the course, students will have to prove that they:
- accurately know the subjects of the program,
- are able to expose them in a consequential and concise way,
- have acquired independent judgement.

Syllabus

Course title: The pork roast. Or, about sex and philosophers.

Course content: Modern political philosophy condemned homosexuality and tried to redeem sexuality by means of the reproductive needs of the State. Instead, Freud disjointed the sexual drive from reproductive instinct and insisted on the irredeemable perversion of the sexual, of which the homosexuality is just an example. But Foucault did not listen to him…

Methods: Seminar classes, topic discussions.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Lorenzo Bernini Apocalissi queer: Elementi di teoria antisociale Edizioni ETS 2013 Lettura facoltativa
Jeremy Bentham Difesa dell’omosessualità il melangolo 2009
Thomas Hobbes Elementi di legge naturale e politica Sansoni 2004 Soltanto i seguenti capitoli: parte prima capp. VII-IX e cap. XIV, pp. 35-55 pp. 79-83; parte seconda cap. IV e cap. IX, pp. 143-148 e pp. 189-194. I capitoli saranno disponibili in dispensa presso la copisteria La rapida, via dell’Artigliere 5, Verona.
Leo Bersani Homos Nuova Pratiche Editrice 1998 Soltanto il capitolo III Il gay papà e le sue note, pp. 81-113 e pp. 179-181: disponibili in dispensa presso la copisteria La rapida, via dell’Artigliere 5, Verona.
Lorenzo Bernini L’arrosto di maiale. Ovvero: del sesso e dei filosofi, «I castelli di Yale online», n° 2, 2015 2015 Pp. 25-41, reperibile al link: http://cyonline.unife.it/article/view/1137 L’articolo sarà disponibile in dispensa presso la copisteria La rapida, via dell’Artigliere 5, Verona.
Michel Foucault La volontà di sapere Feltrinelli 2005 Soltanto i seguenti capitoli: cap. II L’ipotesi repressiva e cap. IV Il dispositivo di sessualità, pp. 19-48 e 69-117
Immanuel Kant Lezioni di etica Laterza 1984 Soltanto il capitolo Dei doveri verso il corpo in relazione agli impulsi sessuali, pp. 186-196. Il capitolo sarà disponibile in dispensa presso la copisteria La rapida, via dell’Artigliere 5, Verona.
Arthur Schopenhauer Metafisica dell’amore sessuale BUR 2013 Soltanto le pagine 65-122, disponibili in dispensa presso la copisteria La rapida, via dell’Artigliere 5, Verona.
Sigmund Freud Tre saggi sulla teoria sessuale. Al di là del principio di piacere Bollati Boringhieri 2012

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam (from January to September 2017). The students are required to bring the readings at the exam.
The evaluation will be based on:
- pertinence of the answers,
- consequentiality of the arguments,
- ability to think in a personal and independent way.

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2016/2017