Foundations of Philosophy (i) (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
Gianluca Solla
Gianluca Solla
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem. IIA dal Feb 26, 2018 al Apr 21, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course is dedicated to a reflection on philosophy as adventure of the thought.

By the end of the course the students should have developed autonomy of reflection and judgment in order to elaborate reflections on philosophical thought, philosophical language skills, and understanding of the texts, but also to be able to applicate the concept so developed to the problems of the contemporaneity.


Without. Humanity and deprivation

As Hannah Arendt's analyzes have shown, refugees, stateless persons, asylum seekers and migrants can not be considered merely as expression of a social and political emergency. They are rather the figure of what happens to humanity when it is deprived of the guarantees that Western culture considers fundamental. They have to be thought, in other words, as the emergence of a "bare life".

- Arendt, L'ebreo come paria, Giuntina 2017.
- Arendt, Noi rifugiati (1943), in
In englisch:
- Butler, A chi spetta una buona vita, Nottetempo 2013.
- Carrere, A Calais, Adelphi 2016.
* Students don't attending the course have to read also Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarism, chapters XI, XII, XIII
* Students don't attending the course contact please the teacher to discuss during consultation hours about doubts and questions concerning their preparation for the exam.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Emmanuel Carrère A Calais Adelphi 2016
Judith Butler A chi spetta una buona vita? Nottetempo 2013
Arendt Hannah L'ebreo come paria. Una tradizione nascosta Giuntina 2017
Arendt Hannah Origini del totalitarismo Einaudi 2004

Assessment methods and criteria

In order to pass the oral exam, students will show that:
- they possess a deep knowledge of the main specific issues developed during the course;
- they possess also the capacity to make an independent reflection on philosophical implications of such issues, using a pertinent and appropriate language.

The competence of all students, either those who attended the course or those who didn’t, will be valued through an oral examination about the specific topics and questions discussed during the classes. The final score will be expressed in /30s.

Students don't attending the course have to read also Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarism, chapters XI, XII, XIII