Public Ethics (M) (2014/2015)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Gianluca Solla
Gianluca Solla
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IA, Sem. IB

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The interrogation on public ethics concerns those questions that emerge around the human behavior. The issues are discussed taking into account the historical context, but with prevailing theoretical commitment. Knowledge and various skills (historical, political, legal, theological) are part of this discipline as proper setting for further interdisciplinary developments.


Fourth-person singular. The notion of “impersonal”

Contemporary philosophy is characterized by the emergence of a new figure of thought. We call it the “impersonal”. The course aims to query the traces of this rest with recpect to the idea of human subjectivity and also the practice of ethics.

The bibliography of the course consists in a selection of texts, whose final version will be available only at the end of the semester, according to the readings during lessons. Please, refer to the website of the teacher for more precise indications, updates or proposals for reading when the course has started. Based on the performance of the course additions or changes of the program will be possible.

1. Sigmund Freud, Il perturbante, in Opere, vol. 9, L'Io e l'Es e altri scritti 1917-1923, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino 2000.
2. Simone Weil, La persona e il sacro, Adelphi, Milano 2012.
3. Gilles Deleuze, L’esausto, Cronopio, Napoli 1999.
4. Marcel Mauss, Una categoria dello spirito umano; la nozione di persona, quella di “io”, in Teoria generale della magia, Einaudi, Torino 2000.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral Exam.