Philosophical anthropology (p) (2016/2017)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Federico Leoni
Federico Leoni
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IIB dal Apr 24, 2017 al Jun 10, 2017.

Lesson timetable

Sem. IIB
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 10:10 AM - 12:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.4  
Thursday 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.4  

Learning outcomes

The course aims at equipping students with a set of conceptual instruments and styles of thought concerning some great anthropological issues characterizing contemporary world and contemporary philosophical elaboration.
By the end of the course, students are expected to possess sufficient autonomy in retracing the main issues of the course and master its philosophical language and main conceptual issues.


The main theme of the course will be the idea of automatism. Automaton is something acting by itself, by its own motive force. We will examine two main figures of the automaton: the monads imagined by Leibniz, the arthropods Bergson puts at the center of his study of what he calls "instinct".

Students attending the classes will receive frontal lessons which will address the textes in the form of a comment, an elaboration, an extension of their content. The individual study of the bibliography will be limited to the chapters discussed during the classes and will be an important part of the preparation of the final exam. Meeting hours for students are scheduled during the whole academic year. Days and hours of the courses and meetings will be communicated in the teacher’s personal webpage.
Students who will not attend classes will study the bibliography entirely.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
H. Bergson L’evoluzione creatrice Cortina 2006
G.W. Leibniz Monadologia Bompiani 2001

Assessment methods and criteria

In order to pass the exam, students will need to show that:
- they possess a sufficient knowledge of the issues, the conceptual instruments, the great outlines of the commented texts.
- they possess the capacity to retrace and elaborate with sufficient accuracy and subjectivation the texts and their conceptuale perspectives.

The competence of all students, either those who attended the course or those who didn’t, will be ascertained by means of an oral examination. The final score will be expressed in /30s.