Philosophy of Education (2011/2012)

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Name of lecturer
Daniele Loro
Daniele Loro
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem. 1A dal Oct 3, 2011 al Nov 13, 2011.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course in general aims to show the value of a philosophical approach to the educational practice and to the pedagogic reflection it requires. The educator does not need only a technical, psychological and social training, he/she must also increase his capacity of thinking about the meaning of education and its values. Starting from this general aim, three are the formative cognitive objects.
The first formative object refers to the general part of the course, that is to the complex relation between education and philosophy: at the end of the course the student will be able to distinguish the reasons that justify that relation.
The second formative object refers to the “monographic” part of the course: at the end of it the student will have examined carefully some of the fundamental pedagogical themes, that require philosophical reflections to be properly understood.
The third formative object refers to the “personal thorough study” of the course contents: at the end of it the student will be able to understand why a problem that may seem only philosophical (like the ethic problem) becomes an educational task when it is intensely lived.


The course will deal with the following topics:
- The reasons for a philosophical approach to education and an educational approach to philosophy
- The task of philosophy of education among the sciences of education
- some fundamental educational themes: the person, the target, the method and the philosophic interpretation
- The pedagogical concept of “experience” seen by the philosophic perspective
- The choice of living taking care of himself.

Texts for the exam

Mandatory for everybody:
- D. Loro, Problemi educativi e pensare filosofico, Dispensa 2011-2012 ( The “dispensa” will be available at the end of the course by the cartoleria Ateneo, Lungadige Porta Vittoria, 37 . ).
- S. Natoli, L’edificazione di sé. Istruzioni sulla vita interiore, Roma-Bari, ed. Laterza, 2010.
- Plutarco, L’arte di ascoltare, Milano, ed. Mondadori 2004.

Teaching methods
Lessons will be frontal in the main, with the possibility to intervene with questions and short debates related to the themes of the day.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists of a three-hour written text. It consists of 6 open questions, of descriptive, summarising, argumentative type. Students can have a further integrating oral examination, if they wish, upon agreement with the teacher about the way and time of the task.