Philosophy of language FI (p) (2017/2018)

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Lorenzo Bernini
Lorenzo Bernini
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Sem. IIA dal Feb 26, 2018 al Apr 21, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing examples of the contribution contemporary philosophy has made to the understanding:
- of the functioning of language,
- of the relation between language, material reality and social reality.
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 an independent judgement.


Course title: Words, Things, Subjectivites

Course content:
Michel Foucault, one of the most influential thinkers of the XXth Century, has changed our way of doing philosophy. He was a multifaceted intellectual whose interests ranged from history and literary criticism to epistemology and political philosophy. All his work is traversed by a reflection on the relation between language, reality and subjectivities. Aim of this seminar is to account for such reflection and the way in which it connects to the three stages of his theoretical journey: that is, the archaeological , the genealogical and the ethical phases.

Methods: Seminar classes, topic discussions.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Foucault, Michel Discorso e verità nella Grecia antica Donzelli 2005 Soltanto le pp. 3-13; 59-114. Corrispondenti a: capitolo I Significato ed evoluzione della parola parresia; capitolo IV La parresia e la cura di sé; Osservazioni conclusive.
Michel Foucault La volontà di sapere: Storia della sessualità 1 Feltrinelli 2013 Soltanto le pp. 7-48. Corrispondenti a: Prefazione all'edizione italiana; capitolo I Noialtri vittoriani; capitolo II L'ipotesi repressiva.
Michel Foucault Le parole e le cose: Un’archeologia delle scienze umane BUR 2016 Soltanto le pp. 5-108; 302-345; 366-372; 399-413. Corrispondenti a: Prefazione; capitolo I Le damigelle d'onore; capitolo II La prosa del mondo; capitolo III Rappresentare; paragrafo 1 (Critica e commento) e paragrafo 2 (La grammatica generale) del capitolo IV Parlare; paragrafo 4 (Bopp) e paragrafo 5 (Il linguaggio divenuto oggetto) del capitolo VIII Lavoro, vita e linguaggio; paragrafo 1 (Il ritorno del linguaggio), paragrafo 2 (Il posto del re), paragrafo 3 (L'analitica della finitudine) e paragrafo 4 (L'empirico e il trascendentale) del capitolo IX L'uomo e i suoi duplicati; paragrafo 1 (Il triedro dei saperi), 5 (Psicanalisi, etnologia) e 6 del capitolo X Le scienze umane.
Lorenzo Bernini Le pecore e il pastore: Critica, politica, etica nel pensiero di Michel Foucault Liguori 2008

Assessment methods and criteria

For both attending and non-attending students: oral exam (from June 2018 to February 2019).
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.