Moral Philosophy A (i) (2017/2018)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Riccardo Panattoni
Riccardo Panattoni
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IIA, Sem. IIB

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at equipping students with a set of conceptual instruments and styles of thought concerning some great ethical issues characterizing contemporary world and contemporary philosophy in relation to the great themes posed by the theme of Care.
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.


Phantasm of love or Phantasm of life.

The course will concern the existing relationship between life and intellectual work. The connection between creativity and melancholy, as well as between memory and the ability to remember. In particular, the course will deal with the structure of the subjectivity through the works of Giorgio Agamben, Roland Barthes and Gilles Deleuze.
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 texts will be also 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 of the meetings will be communicated in the teacher’s personal webpage.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Riccardo Panattoni Giorgio Agamben. La vita che prende forma Feltrinelli 2018
Roland Barthes La preparazione del romanzo Mimesis 2010
Gilles Deleuze Proust e i segni Einaudi 2001
Giorgio Agamben Pulcinella ovvero Divertimento per li ragazzi Nottetempo 2016
Giorgio Agamben Stanze. La parola e il fantasma nella cultura occidentale Einaudi 2011

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.