History of Philosophy (2007/2008)

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Giuliano Bergamaschi
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Sem. II A dal Feb 18, 2008 al Apr 12, 2008.

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The philosophy’s history teaching proposed to supply the theoretical and historical conceptual description in order to measure and to frame the main actual issues about the human sciences


Death and Virtue.
The seminary want to face the ancient issue of the Dead and the Virtue in accordance with the more recent perspectives of human sciences.
The ancient wisdom considers the philosophy as continuous exercise to die “without difficulty” (Platone): from here the strongly callback to the virtue: What I should do? Which person I want to become? Which sense has my life? Will I have an “after” to the arrive of my dead? Here some questions about the Virtue’s practise in front of the death to create value and meaning.
The ancient philosopher’s debate is still of full actuality today, enriched from the results of the new neuro-science for the ethical’s behaviors and from the new bioethicses disciplines approaches for the ancient ars moriendi
Here some basic questions of the corse:
As for all sciences, does it exists a human notion, covering of the virtue and the death?
Which relationship exists between human nature, ethics, death and the recent acquisitions of neurobiology sciences? On which bases can we think to study the post death? Everyone has one own death? What are the virtue and death and how reply to the educability’s dimension? And at last, in which terms death and virtues are referable to the Good and the Evil?

Examination’s texts:

G. BERGAMASCHI, F. LUNARDI, The combatant virtue, Palo Alto School, Milan 2007. ( Pg. 9-52)

M.T. VENDRAMINI, Oltre l'evento: la morte nella relazione educativa, Franco Angeli, Milan 2007. (Pg. 51-111)

Any secondary school’s manual for the study of the following author: Socrate, Platone, Aristotele, S.Agostino, S. Tommaso, Cartesio, Spinoza, Leibniz, Hume, Kant.

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