Philosophical anthropology (p) (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
Federico Leoni
Federico Leoni
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 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 course will address the idea of dream elaborated by Bergson. The dream will also lead to explore the continuities between Bergson’s anthropology, his materialism and his philosophy of language.

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
Sigmund Freud Il sogno, in Opere di Sigmund Freud, vol. 4 Boringhieri 1970 Il testo è disponibile in pdf sulla piattaforma e-learning collegata con questo insegnamento.
Ludwig Binswanger Il sogno. Mutamenti nella concezione e interpretazione dai Greci al presente Quodlibet 2008
Michel Foucault La cura di sé. Storia della sessualità 3 Feltrinelli 2014 Nota bene: solo capitolo 1 "Sognare i piaceri dell'amore" (disponibile sulla piattaforma e-learning collegata con questo insegnamento).
Henri Bergson L'energia spirituale Cortina 2008
Henri Bergson Storia della memoria e storia della metafisica ETS 2007

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.