Language, Unconscious, Rhetoric (2016/2017)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Tommaso Tuppini
Tommaso Tuppini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IB dal Nov 14, 2016 al Jan 21, 2017.

Lesson timetable

Sem. IB
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.4 from Nov 28, 2016  to Jan 21, 2017
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.4 from Nov 28, 2016  to Jan 21, 2017
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 10:10 AM lesson Not defined from Dec 13, 2016  to Dec 13, 2016
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 10:10 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.4 from Dec 14, 2016  to Dec 14, 2016

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to comprehend one among the last "systematic" books of philosophical thought, "Difference and repetition" by Gilles Deleuze


Gilles Deleuze described his speculative thesis as a "Transcendental empiricism", a proper philosophical cyborg that deserves to be investigated on its consistency. "Difference and Repetition", published in 1968 is book most "systematic" book by Deleuze and the one, which is most clear and structured about his thought. In some ways, everything that Deleuze published after, is nothing but an articulation of the structures of thought, which are presented in this book for the first time. "Difference and Repetition" takes a close analysis of the metaphysical tradition of philosophy, from Plato to Hegel, in which the thought of Nietzsche, Bergson and Freud is used as a crowbar to open the closed doors of “identity” and proposes a new understanding of "difference": a "difference" which is not a defective experience of "identity" and whose possibilities don’t rest on "judgment" and "law". But in this book Deleuze also discusses the basis of Structuralism, which dominated the French philosophical scene. The Deleuzian concepts of "virtuality" and "Idea" function as resurrection of "structure" from its ashes: a "fragmented" and nomadic structure that, in order to be understood, must produce Being an unprecedented "image of thought" and a new philosophy.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
G. Deleuze Differenza e ripetizione Cortina 1997

Assessment methods and criteria

Paper to be discussed during the oral exam.

Teaching aids