Public Ethics (M) (2017/2018)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Gianluca Solla
Gianluca Solla
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem. IIB dal Apr 23, 2018 al Jun 9, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The interrogation on public ethics concerns those questions that emerge around the human behavior. The issues are discussed taking into account the historical context, but with prevailing theoretical commitment. Knowledge and various skills (historical, political, legal, theological) are part of this discipline as proper setting for further interdisciplinary developments.

By the end of the course the students should have developed autonomy of reflection and judgment in order to elaborate reflections on public ethics, 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.


Immanence and freedom. Spinoza's Ethics

The third and fifth Chapters of Spinoza's Ethics represents a key reference point for every reflection on the human freedom.

1. Baruch Spinoza, Etica. Con testo latino a fronte, Bompiani, Milano 2007
2. Gilles Deleuze, Spinoza. Filosofia Pratica, Orthotes, Napoli-Salerno 2016.

For students who will not attend classes, please read also:
Cosa può un taglio? Filosofia, psicoanalisi e altre circoncisioni, Orthotes, Napoli-Salerno 2016.

For students who will attend classes as well as for students not attending the classes, the contents of the textbooks, as well as the lessons and exercises held in the classroom, are part of the program. Any additional teaching materials will be reported by the end of the course and, where possible, made available on the online teaching platform.
* 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.

Teaching method
Teaching method will consist in frontal lessons dedicated to an analysis of the conceptuality involved in the subject of the course and also an analysis of the texts listed in the bibliography, in order to identify concepts that are applicable to the contemporary issues, with particular regard to the future work’s prospective of students. For attending students, in addition to the texts mentioned in the bibliography, an active presence and participation in the lessons is to be considered an integral part of the course.
Meeting hours for students are scheduled during the whole academic year: days and hours may be found at the personal webpage of the teacher, and are constantly updated. Any variation will be promptly communicated in the News section of the teacher’s personal webpage.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Gianluca Solla (a cura di) Cosa può un taglio? Filosofia, psicoanalisi e altre circoncisioni Orthotes 2016 9788893140522
Baruch Spinoza Etica Bompiani 2007 9788845258985 Testo originale a fronte
Gilles Deleuze Spinoza. Filosofia Pratica Orthotes 2016 9788893140478

Assessment methods and criteria

In order to pass the 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 ethical 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.