History of Ancient Philosophy (m) (2012/2013)

Course code
4S02308
Credits
12
Coordinator
Linda Napolitano
Other available courses
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
II MODULO PARTE (II) 6 M-FIL/07-HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY Semestrino IIB Linda Napolitano
Tommaso Tuppini
I MODULO PARTE (I) 6 M-FIL/07-HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY Semestrino IIA Linda Napolitano

Learning outcomes

Module: II MODULO PARTE (II)
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We aim at teaching the use of the proper philosophical terminology (nearly all deriving from the ancient Greek) and the critical reading of original philosophical texts, in order to acquire basic philosophical matters and concepts. Also, through seminars and debates, we aim at making postgraduates to acquire a skill to cross-examination.


Module: I MODULO PARTE (I)
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We aim at teaching the use of the proper philosophical terminology (nearly all deriving from the ancient Greek) and the critical reading of original philosophical texts, in order to acquire basic philosophical matters and concepts. Also, through seminars and debates, we aim at making postgraduates to acquire a skill to cross-examination.

Syllabus

Module: II MODULO PARTE (II)
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III Module:
Critical Text 3: by choice between: R. BODEI, Geometria delle passioni. Paura, speranza, felicità: filosofia e uso politico, Milano Feltrinelli 1994 and subsequesnt editions, particularly Introduzione e Parte I, till p. 175; or E. PULCINI, La cura del mondo. Paura e responsabilità nell’età globale, Torino Bollati Boringhieri 2009, particularly Parte II (pp. 115-86) and Parte III (pp. 187-292)
-Critical Text 4: by choice between: L.M. NAPOLITANO VALDITARA, Il sé, l’altro, l’intero. Rileggendo i Dialoghi di Platone, Milano-Udine Mimesis 2010 (particularly Parte II, Capitoli A e B, pp. 81-116); or L.M. NAPOLITANO VALDITARA, Pietra filosofale della salute. Filosofia antica e formazione in medicina, Verona QuiEdit 2011(particularly Capitoli III, IV e V, pp. 83-194)

IV MODULE (18 hours) (Dr. Tommaso Tuppini:)
Office Hours: 14.30-16.30 or by appointment: tommaso.tuppini@univr.it
Titolo: “Logos phobos”. Fear and Desire in the modern Culture
-Texts:
-G.W.F. Hegel, Fenomenologia dello spirito, “Indipendenza e dipendenza dell’autocoscienza; signoria e servitù”, trad. it. di E. De Negri, La Nuova Italia, Firenze 1973, vol. I, pp. 152-64.
-S. Kierkegaard, Timore e tremore, trad. it. di F. Fortini e K.M. Guldbrandsen, Mondadori, Milano 1991.
-R. Girard, La violenza e il sacro, “Dal desiderio mimetico al doppio mostruoso”, trad. it. di O. Fatica ed E. Czerkl, Adelphi, Milano 1980, pp. 201-34.

Borrowers: Students aimig at borrowing the contents of these Modules for History of Philosophy A (m) (6 credits), are requested to know the contents of the Module I and to choose among the contents of one of the other ones (I, II or III Module).

Didactical Methods: The course will be carried on by frontal lessons, with direct reading of the texts and following discussions. Therefore attendance at classes will be very useful and desirable, though obviously not compulsory.
The same program is valid for students who cannot attend lessons; nevertheless, they must get in touch with the teacher, in order to receive indications on adding texts, whose reading will compensate for lacking attendance: these texts will be agreed for every student, with regard to his previous knowledge, curriculum and interests.


Module: I MODULO PARTE (I)
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Prerequisites: A general knowledge of the history of ancient philosophy (from VIth Century b.C. to 529 a.D.) is presupposed. Surely s competence in ancient Greek and Latin languages makes it easier the work within this scientific field, however it is not compulsory. An attention to lexical research and an interest in a critical reading of philosophical texts and to arguments are very useful.


Subject of the course: Feelings: fear and courage
Content: We begin a didactical experiment expected to cover several Academic Years. It aims at explore role and value of feelings in the relations between man, others and world, particularly in the ancient Greek culture, but even with dialogical reference to the contemporary one. Which is the difference between a ‘passion’ and a ‘feeling’? Can we stress the sharp opposition often imagined between passion and reason, starting just from Plato? Are we obliged only to undergo a passion, or can we rule it someway? Can a feeling help us to know more deeply ourselves and to be in better terms with others and world? The first couple we are going to examine is fear and its opposite, courage, in several ancient authors (Homer, Aeschylus, Plato) and contemporary ones (Hegel, Girard, Kierkegaard). How fear does arise and what is it directed to? And courage simply is its opposite or, better, a ‘wise’ variation of fear itself? Is it a quite outdated virtue, or can it play some role also in the contemporary world? And today, what is right to be afraid of?

I, II AND II MODULE (54 hours: Prof. Linda Napolitano)
Title: Feelings, fear and courage in the ancient culture
I Module:
-Lecture notes at students disposal (with passages by Franzini, Vegetti, Vernant, Napolitano, Lesky; Photocopies Shops “Ateneo” and “La Rapida” and in teacher’s website)
-Ancient original Texts: particularly: Aeschylus, Eumenides; PLATO, Laches; PLATO, Laws I-IV (choice Italian Editions Biblioteca Universale Rizzoli)
II Module:
-Critical Text 1: M. BONTEMPI- G. PANNO (a c. di), L’anima della legge. Studi intorno ai ‘Nomoi’ di Platone, Padova Polimetrica 2012 (6 lesson-hours will be reserved to this book and to Plato’s Laws by the editor dr. Milena Bontempi)
-Critical Text 2: AA.VV., Leggiamoci con cura. Scrittura e narrazione di sé in medicina, ed. by di L.M. NAPOLITANO VALDITARA, CroInforma 2012 (at students’ disposal Photocopy Shop “Ateneo”);

Borrowers: Students aimig at borrowing the contents of these Modules for History of Philosophy A (m) (6 credits), are requested to know the contents of the Module I and to choose among the contents of one of the other ones (I, II or III Module).

Didactical Methods: The course will be carried on by frontal lessons, with direct reading of the texts and following discussions. Therefore attendance at classes will be very useful and desirable, though obviously not compulsory.
The same program is valid for students who cannot attend lessons; nevertheless, they must get in touch with the teacher, in order to receive indications on adding texts, whose reading will compensate for lacking attendance: these texts will be agreed for every student, with regard to his previous knowledge, curriculum and interests.

Assessment methods and criteria

Module: II MODULO PARTE (II)
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Some oral questions will be put to the student; he will be invited to read and comment some passages of the original texts already read together during classes. As to the basic texts of the course, the student can choose also to write a brief paper (5-10 pp., to be given at least one week before the exam) on some subjects discussed together, or on some passages read during classes: this relation will be orally discussed during the exam.


Module: I MODULO PARTE (I)
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Some oral questions will be put to the student; he will be invited to read and comment some passages of the original texts already read together during classes. As to the basic texts of the course, the student can choose also to write a brief paper (5-10 pp., to be given at least one week before the exam) on some subjects discussed together, or on some passages read during classes: this relation will be orally discussed during the exam.